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Should teaching about the 4th of July be banned?
by Carol Kocivar | July 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

The 4th of July celebrates America's declaration of independence from England. The Declaration began our national project to live up to self-evident truths. Carol argues that Independence Day is a call to celebrate how far we have come while facing those truths.

One Way Your School Can Address Racism
by Carol Kocivar | June 19, 2021 | 3 Comments

Summer is traditionally a time for reading lists. In honor of Juneteenth and the kerfuffle over Critical Race Theory, I again recommend this book. It delivers an important historical perspective on racism in America.

Ed100 Student Academy Program Guide 2021
by Jeff Camp | June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of high schools were represented at the 2021 Ed100 Online Academy for Student Leaders June 21-23, '21. Students learned, connected, and prepared to make a difference in their own schools and beyond. It was free. Here's a summary of speakers and sessions.

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.

Now can we fix California's school facilities?
by Jeff Camp | March 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

It's been a long time since California last passed a bond to support school construction and renovation. A measure was put to voters in 2020, but the timing was poor, and it failed. Is it time to try again? Here's what you need to know about school bonds.

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.

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