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New laws that parents and teachers should know about: 2023
by Carol Kocivar | October 20, 2023 | 1 Comment

This post summarizes new California laws passed in 2023 that affect students, parents, and teachers. The post includes useful links to each new law, its legislative history, and relevant context. Whew!

California's Students
by Jeff Camp | October 7, 2023 | 0 Comments

This is installment #2 for our updated YouTube channel, which will summarize the ten chapters of Ed100 in ten short videos. It's all about California's students.

Mental health for learning
by Shereen Walter | October 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

Social emotional challenges like depression and anxiety can undermine learning. Shereen Walter, president of the California State PTA, highlights the growing openness that is enabling school communities to make progress on addressing this challenge.

How does California's education system work?
by Jeff Camp | September 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Today we are releasing the first installment of our updated YouTube channel, which will summarize the ten chapters of Ed100 in ten short videos. Watch episode 1 and help us spread the word!

Attention, High School Juniors!
by Zaid Fattah | September 17, 2023 | 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. Zaid Fattah explains why and how to apply. The deadline is NOW.

Learning to Vote
by Carol Kocivar | September 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

California High School Voter Education Week is September 17 through September 30. What is your community doing to build active youth election participation? As Carol explains, there's a lot of work to do, and some great examples to work from.

What do kids learn in school?
by Carol Kocivar | September 4, 2023 | 1 Comment

A national debate is raging over parent rights to influence or control what kids learn in school. This seems like a good time for a back-to-basics question: What are children taught in school? Carol explains.

California education budget 2023-24
by Carol Kocivar | August 27, 2023 | 3 Comments

Education funding in California comes from multiple sources, mostly based on laws and precedents. It can be complicated. In this post, Carol explains the combined plan across those sources for 2023-24. There's good news and bad news.

Race-blind college admissions in California
by Carol Kocivar | August 6, 2023 | 1 Comment

The Supreme Court has ruled that colleges may not use race as a factor in admissions decisions. What do California parents and educators need to know about the ruling? Carol explains.

How should students be graded?
by Jeff Camp | July 23, 2023 | 2 Comments

Students earn letter grades in school. In each course, teachers award these grades to reflect… well, what, exactly? What is the purpose of grading? How does it work in practice? How should it work? If the system we have doesn’t work, what are the barriers to change?

What is family engagement?
by Heather Ippolito | July 16, 2023 | 3 Comments

It’s good for parents to be involved in their children’s schools, right? But how? What do school communities with effective family engagement actually do that’s different? Heather Ippolito explains.

Digital citizenship
by Mary Perry | July 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

Independence Day celebrates citizenship, not just fireworks. In a rapidly-changing digital world, being a good citizen requires a new kind of literacy. Schools face new responsibilities and challenges to prepare young people. Mary Perry reviews resources that can help schools and families adapt.

Schools have new money for arts education. What should they do now?
by Tom DeCaigny and Emiko Ono | June 18, 2023 | 3 Comments

California law says all schools should provide arts education, but most don’t actually do it. Last year, voters committed $1B to press the issue. What should schools do with this new funding? We asked Tom DeCaigny and Emiko Ono of CreateCA for their take.

Look it up! Why California needs better school libraries
by Carol Kocivar | June 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

Over the last few decades, quality school libraries have become rare in California, except in the best-funded districts. What is the purpose of a school library, how is it funded, and how can investing in a school library help students learn to think critically? Carol explains.

The Summit for Student Leaders
by Jeff Camp | June 1, 2023 | 5 Comments

The Summit for Student Leaders is an online conference that unites rising student leaders to learn and take action together.


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