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A Look at the Whole Child Approach (Like Football)

If a football team wants to win, it must be able to execute all of the plays in its playbook, not just a couple. That means the quarterback must throw, receivers must catch, running backs must carry the ball, kickers must kick and everyone must execute their blocking assignments.

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Back to School in Illinois!

Lily was in Illinois on September 22 for NEA’s 2014 Back to School Tour. She saw examples of great ELL and STEM programs, met with ESP members, and talked to media about Voter Registration Day. [View the story “NEA Back to School 2014: Illinois” on Storify]

Flowers for Margaret

It’s time to notice. It’s time to show appreciation. Parents, students, teachers: it’s time to give a big bouquet of thank you’s to the Education Support Professionals who do so much for our students. More…

Our Babies…The Tragedy at Sandy Hook

Our babies died Friday. Their teachers died trying to save them. The school custodian took his life in his hands running through the hall shouting a warning about the shooter in the building. There are no words that will comfort the families of those who went to school giggling and happy and who will never return home for an after-school snack. More…

The Truth About Healthy Food (and Kids and Schools)

First, let me just say, that I’m not advocating lying to children. I’m not proposing that moms and dads make up silly lies and tell tall tales just to get kids to eat healthier. I am absolutely not saying that. Lying to your children is wrong. And you get caught.

I did. More…

These Educators Deserve a Movie Deal

There are two stories to tell in Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania. One is a heroic story worthy of a book or movie deal. Chester Upland, a poor and predominantly minority district, is a long way from Hollywood, but it does have a star in Sara Ferguson. More…

This is What Democracy Looks Like

We are a strange but noble people. We are passionate. We are generous. We are sensitive and kind and a little crazy. We are very smart. We care about someone else’s child More…