Analysis: Children are counting on the 2020 census — but in-person followup can’t happen now. How advocates are filling the gaps
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the United States, the urgent need for health and stability is paramount. In these early weeks of spring, we must work together to minimize transmission and flatten the curve. Yet even as we secure the basic safety of our homes and communities, we must not forget the important, once-a-decade...
By Geri Mannion and Ambika Kapur | April 1, 2020
At a time when our very survival depends on one another, LA teachers union should not be engaging in the politics of personal destruction
Our polarized and tribal politics have suddenly come crashing into a moment where we are now only as strong as our weakest link. The coronavirus knows no party, ideology, ethnicity, or wall. And the virus certainly doesn’t distinguish between those who support differing progressive policy positions on education. A few weeks before our entire city...
By Ben Austin | March 30, 2020
A mom’s view: What to do when coronavirus turns your home into a school? As an educator, I know — you’re a parent. You’ve got this
As the coronavirus continues its spread across the country, it threatens lives, upends work schedules and shuts down public events. Schools are shutting their doors, sending students home to learn. How are you going to manage it all, even while navigating changing work demands, shopping for life in a pandemic and getting tonight’s dinner on...
By Kate Finnefrock | March 30, 2020
Williams: Coronavirus pandemic reveals the reality — and the risk — of America’s child safety net being its public schools
What’s a school for in the 21st century? Start with the bedrock: they’re for helping children develop academic skills and access core content, right? Those famous R’s: reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, you know the deal. We also count on them to grow democratic citizens — informed, aware, civic-minded community members. But that’s just the beginning. Public...
By Conor Williams | March 18, 2020
Analysis: Education leaders must act to keep teachers, students and families safe from coronavirus. Here’s a roadmap for them to follow
The snowballing spread of COVID-19 across the United States has left education leaders — from superintendents and principals to teachers and nonprofit executives — with lingering uncertainty about overall organizational preparedness, gaps in proximate public health infrastructure, and continuity planning. In a moment that demands action, many are wondering what to do next and how to...
By Mario Ramirez and Andrew Buher | March 18, 2020
Analysis: National Education Association abruptly endorses Joe Biden, angering Sanders supporters
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears most Wednesdays; see the full archive. The National Education Association finally threw its weight into the Democratic presidential primaries, announcing Saturday night that it recommended Joe Biden for the nomination. A Biden endorsement is hardly a surprise; he is an establishment candidate, and NEA is a major player in the...
By Mike Antonucci | March 17, 2020
‘Learning science’ is critical to understanding how students think, but a new report shows that most future teachers don’t know it. Here are 3 top takeaways
Deans for Impact, the organization I helped found, believes all teachers should understand basic principles of learning science. But what does that mean? We see learning science as the study of how humans think and learn — what others call cognitive science. The last several decades have deepened our scientific understanding of how our minds...
By Benjamin Riley | March 12, 2020
Arnett: Has online learning really disrupted K-12 education in the U.S.? The answer is yes — and no. Here’s why
The 2010s were the decade for technology to fundamentally change education. Two years before the decade’s dawn, Clayton Christensen, Michael B. Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted in their book Disrupting Class that online learning would revolutionize teacher-led instruction and catalyze a student-centered transformation in U.S. K-12 schools. As the decade began, enthusiasm for ed tech...
By Thomas Arnett | March 3, 2020
Rotherham: Phonics. Whole language. Balanced literacy. The problem isn’t that we don’t know how to teach reading — it’s politics
Policymakers are focusing on the craft of teaching reading. They must also focus on the politics. Last year’s NAEP scores continued a lackluster streak and set off a predictable bout of handwringing. This time, it was reading instruction — or, more precisely, our national pandemic of ineffective reading instruction — catching the flak. In response,...
By Andrew Rotherham | March 2, 2020
LA Unified candidate says voters should apply restorative justice practices — how to make things right for all students — to the upcoming election
“What do we need to do to make things as right as possible?” That’s the pivotal question we ask our students when practicing restorative justice in school, and I think it’s one we should be asking in the current Los Angeles Unified School Board elections. In schools, restorative justice is an alternative to exclusionary discipline...
By Tanya Ortiz Franklin | February 26, 2020