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California’s new math war: Slow down
by Carol Kocivar | June 6, 2021 | 7 Comments

What if the faster way to learn math is to slow down? Not just individually, but for everyone? That's the controversial conclusion of research that might change the way algebra is taught in California. Expect a fight about it. Carol explains.

Who Represented California's High Schools in 2021?
by Jeff Camp | June 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Who represented each California high school in 2021? Here's the answer in three interactive maps, just in time for the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders.

Time's Up! Will you help?
by Jeff Camp | May 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Before schools let out for the summer, an important message needs to reach every California high school community. Elected representatives can help. You can, too. Here's how.

Wowza! Budget windfall for children, families and schools
by Carol Kocivar | May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you unexpectedly received a huge bundle of cash in the state budget, what would you do with it? That's the enviable position Governor Newsom and the legislature are in this year. Here's what you need to know.

The Role of Students in PTAs
by Kathryn Rickard | April 25, 2021 | 1 Comment

Many PTA governing boards include high school students. Why not all of them, asks Kathryn Rickard, a student member of the board of the California State PTA. This summer, she will to announce a statewide organizing effort for students who serve on PTA boards. Here's how to learn more about it.

Don’t Miss it: California State PTA Convention
by Carol Kocivar | April 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

The California State PTA Convention will be held online this year. There are great reasons to sign up, including an Ed100 Workshop, which will explore four Big Ideas that can help PTAs plan for the year ahead. Here’s a preview.

Summer Learning, Not Summer School
by Jennifer Peck | April 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

At last, summer learning is a hot topic. An influx of funding will support quick implementation of programs to help mitigate the Pandemic's damage to student learning. Jennifer Peck argues that these programs should be permanent.

Civic Education
by Mary Perry | March 26, 2021 | 1 Comment

California has created a new way to honor and recognize students who step up to leadership in the civic life of their community: the State Seal of Civic Engagement. Mary explains how it works and what school communities need to do to make it real. It's a little complicated.

Fighting Truth Decay: What Can Schools Do?
by Mary Perry | March 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

2020 demonstrated the profound importance of shared facts in a resilient democracy. If adults today find it difficult and overwhelming to navigate the media environment, how can future generations do better? What is the role of schools in preventing Truth Decay?

Are Selective High Schools Evil?
by Carol Kocivar | February 28, 2021 | 2 Comments

Lowell High is one of America’s most famously successful public schools. In a sudden move, the San Francisco school board recently announced that it will dump the school’s selective admission process, making it just another school in the lottery. The controversy is part of a national pattern.

Where is California's Education Budget Headed?
by Carol Kocivar | January 29, 2021 | 2 Comments

Last year, California's education system braced for a funding disaster. It didn't come, but will the good news last? As the Pandemic rages on, the state faces huge uncertainties. What's the plan for education funding in 2021-22? Carol explains.

How to Turn Around a Middle School
by Carol Kocivar | January 22, 2021 | 2 Comments

When things aren't going well in a school, change is hard. But there's a difference between hard and impossible. What makes a school turnaround happen? This is good news story about a public middle school in San Francisco.

How Is California's Education Budget Created?
by Carol Kocivar | January 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Every year, California creates a budget for public education. How does that work, actually? Who creates and influences it, and when are the decisions made? How can you get involved and have an influence? This short post explains the basics with tons of pointers to learn more.

Community Schools
by Jill Wynns | January 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Governor Newsom is proposing to invest more in Community Schools. What are they? Why is this important? What does the research say? Jill Wynns, former president of the California School Boards association, explains.

To Improve Education, Address Poverty
by Carol Kocivar | January 9, 2021 | 2 Comments

What would it really take to make education work better, not just in small ways but in big ones? In this thought-provoking post for the new year, Carol lays out eight big ideas, drawing inspiration from global leaders, economists, and Warren Buffett.

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