Articles by NNPA ESSA

GEORGIA: The Path Begins: Forest Kindergarten

In most schools, this would mean a day indoors with children and teachers wishing they could be outside. At Gilbert Elementary, you can look out the window and see a group of kindergarteners, in lime green rain suits, splashing their way across the playground on their way to the forest. These students will spend the next two hours making mud pies, building boats from found materials and observing the differences rain makes in their environment. [...]

The Importance of Educating All Children

"Some students begin school ahead of the pack. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure all children, irrespective of their initial academic level continue to make progress." - Dr. Elizabeth Primas talk about the Every Student Succeeds Act and the importance of educating all children. [...]

There’s Something Missing From STEM Learning – Education Week

The education field can always count on shifting priorities. Over the past 20 years, in an attempt to "fix" what many people dub a broken public school system, everyone from politicians to famous athletes to business moguls to education leaders has tried to find and repair the gaps in student achievement. But many educators are skeptical of new initiatives that come down the pike. Is a revamped approach really meant to help prepare children for the future, or is it just people outside of education sticking their noses where they don't belong? [...]

COMMENTARY: The Arts Need to Be a Central Part of Schooling – Education Week

The great education thinker John Dewey claimed that art is not the possession of a recognized few but the authentic expression of individuality for all. Among those who care about education, few would deny that the arts now struggle to survive in our nation's schools. The visual and performing arts frequently are marginalized as fringe subjects, taking a back seat in school curricula when funds are tight or teaching time is usurped by subjects that count toward school accountability measures. [...]

Texas Submits ESSA Plan

The Texas Education Agency submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Belton Independent School District Superintendent Susan Kincannon expressed her concern about some aspects of the plan. "The (ESSA) plan includes an overly complicated methodology for evaluating and rating schools and continues..." [...]
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