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Win $1,000 for Your School
by Jeff Camp | October 1, 2022 | 37 Comments

You're reading lessons on Ed100 because you want to help make schools better. Here's another reason: you could win MONEY for your school!

A dozen questions to ask school board candidates
by Carol Kocivar | September 25, 2022 | 4 Comments

School board positions are elected offices. During the campaign season, candidates are incubating their positions on issues. What can you ask to figure out their qualifications and priorities? Carol suggests a dozen useful questions.

The Change-maker’s Toolkit, 2022
by Ben Nguyen | September 18, 2022 | 1 Comment

How does change actually happen in a school or district? In this post, Ben Nguyen describes what he took away from Carrie Hahnel’s presentation, the Change-Maker’s Toolkit, at the 2022 conference of the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders.

Who represents six million students? Meet Naomi.
by Elaheh Khazi | September 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

California is one of only a few states in the US that includes a student member on its state board of education. What does the job entail? What is it for? At the 2022 Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders, we invited Rana Banankhah and Naomi Porter to share their stories.

Too many students can’t read
by Megan Potente and Carol Kocivar | September 2, 2022 | 3 Comments

Megan Potente, of Decoding Dyslexia California, argues that California is failing to meet its most basic education goal: literacy. In this post she explains what school communities can do to help educators and parents learn the approaches that work best.

Reintroducing Ed100 for school communities
by Selisa Loeza | August 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

Ed100 continues to evolve while staying true to the goal of supporting and informing leaders in school communities across California. Allow us to reintroduce ourselves and share our current offerings. How can we help your school community?

Solving California's math problem
by Carol Kocivar | August 22, 2022 | 4 Comments

How should math be taught? California is in the process of refreshing the curriculum framework for mathematics, and the fur is flying. Carol explains what a curriculum framework is and why it matters.

California's strong education budget for 2022-23
by Carol Kocivar | August 10, 2022 | 1 Comment

California's budget for education, chronically scrawny, is emerging from the pandemic with unexpected strength. Carol explains where the sudden boost is coming from, and where the money will go.

Attention, High School Juniors!
by Zaid Fattah | August 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

The student position on the California State Board of Education is the most powerful leadership role a high school student can play in American government. It's not an advisory position -- it's a full seat at the table in the room where it happens. Zaid Fattah explains why and how to apply.

Five Tips to Engage Parents
by Carol Kocivar | August 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

One of the nicest questions we get from readers is "How can I use Ed100 at my school?" Here's some practical advice.

The role of committees in education change
by Jeff Camp | July 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

Policies that affect education are developed through the work of legislative committees. We asked Josh Becker, the California Senator who represents Silicon Valley, to explain the process, including how students can have a voice.

Gavin Newsom's messages for student leaders
by Jeff Camp | July 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

Governor Newsom was the opening speaker of the 2022 Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders. He talked about how he became involved in government service and why he believes it is now more important than ever for students to bring their abundant moral authority to address a moment of peril.

How parents changed school start time in California
by Carol Kocivar | July 17, 2022 | 4 Comments

In 2022, California became the first state in the nation to require later start times for high schools and middle schools. This change happened because parents worked together over a period of years to persuade legislators to act on what science made plain.

UC Scout: One answer to the teacher shortage
by Carol Kocivar | July 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Teacher shortages make it hard for high school students to get the courses they need for college. An increasingly mainstream solution is UC Scout, the University of California's system of full-credit online courses.

Will January 6 be the new July 4?
by Carol Kocivar | July 3, 2022 | 0 Comments

This year, the 4th of July is a time to consider the fragility of our democracy. America survived a coup attempt on January 6. What should schools do to help strengthen the nation's commitment to democracy?

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