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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.

The Ed100 Toolbox
by Jeff Camp | January 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

Recently, a PTA leader asked for a short overview presentation about Ed100, and I found myself rummaging around for it. This prompted a slap to the forehead: if I can't find it, neither can you. So here ya go. Announcing the Ed100 Toolbox.

Happy Virtual Holidays 2020
by Carol Kocivar | December 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Who could have guessed last January how our views on education would change in a year? It has taken a pandemic to help all of us process just how critical public schools are to our children and our communities. There are lots of things we just took for granted.

Ed100 Winners Announced
by Jeff Camp | December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Five schools just won prizes in the Ed100 drawing. Was your school among them? Read to find out...

Ethnic Studies: Why is it controversial?
by Carol Kocivar | December 3, 2020 | 4 Comments

California’s upcoming legislative session looks like the year ethnic studies will become a statewide requirement for high school graduation. Carol explains why it has been controversial and how the proposal might change.

What Do Gifted Students Need?
by Jeff Camp | November 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

A small fraction of students have truly rare potential. Once upon a time, state and federal funds supported "Gifted and Talented" programs, but those days are gone. Here's what happened, and what your school board can do about it.

A Thanksgiving Of Significance
by Carol Kocivar | November 23, 2020 | 1 Comment

In a year of challenges, Thanksgiving Day provides an opportunity to thank those who help keep us safe and healthy. As Carol explains, the meaning of this national holiday has changed over centuries, especially in times of national trauma.

What a Biden Administration Might Mean for Education
by Carol Kocivar | November 13, 2020 | 1 Comment

Presidents can have a big impact on the direction of public education. How will the Biden administration affect education in California? Biden has called for increased support for public schools. However, as Carol explains, a lot depends on Georgia.

Defining Student Success, Not Just Graduation
by Mary Perry | November 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

The high school diploma has become a weak indicator of a student's readiness for the world. Mary Perry explains why a growing number of school districts are expanding and individualizing the definition of success using a Graduate Profile.

Racism, Hate and Public Education
by Carol Kocivar | October 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Schools play a vital role in preparing students to live and thrive alongside others who are different from themselves. Unfortunately, the challenges have become worse. As state leaders wrestle with the issue, local leaders are taking action.

Sal Khan's Advice for Student Leaders
by Jeff Camp | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Perhaps the world’s best-known living teacher, Sal Khan has helped millions of students learn skills and facts for lessons, assignments and tests. He has a strong point of view about how education ought to work differently. Are education leaders listening? Can students help them hear?

Signatures and Vetoes 2020
by Carol Kocivar | October 11, 2020 | 1 Comment

In an ordinary year about 1,000 bills make it through the legislative process to become law in California. This year a lot of cans were kicked down the road. Here's a roundup of education-related bills that were passed or vetoed, and a list of what's likely to come back next year.


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