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Public School Transformation Now! Campaign

This is the time for public schools to transform learning for each student in every local school by providing a more student-centered and personalized learning approach that better promotes real world and twenty-first century learning skills. The COVID-19 crisis has only accelerated the need for transformation. NSBA is committed to making this a national conversation.
 

Kickoff Event

On Oct. 27, NSBA hosted an engaging discussion with education experts on innovative policies and practices to reshape and provide a more equitable public education for each child. 

The following national leaders participated in the event:

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President of the Learning Policy Institute and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University
  • Roberto Rodriguez, President and CEO of Teach Plus and former White House Deputy Assistant
  • Bev Perdue, Chair and Founder of digiLEARN and former Governor of North Carolina
  • Jim Geringer, Vice Chair of digiLEARN and former Governor of Wyoming
  • Bob Wise, board member of digiLEARN, former Governor of West Virginia, and former President of the Alliance for Excellent Education

Read a recap of the event or watch the recording.

 

Twitter Chat

National education experts shared their insights on innovative practices during the pandemic and how to continue public school transformation in a post-COVID world following the event using #EdTransformation.


Resources


Alliance for Excellent Education’s Future Ready Schools

Future Ready Schools’ provides districts with free resources and support to ensure that digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. As part of its leadership program, Future Ready Schools supports school board members.

Alliance for Excellent Education's Report on the Homework Gap

The following analysis conducted by John B. Horrigan, a national expert on technology adoption, for the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), National Indian Education Association (NIEA), National Urban League (NUL), and UnidosUS of data from the 2018 American Community Survey1 (ACS) shows that millions of households with children under the age of 18 years lack two essential elements for online learning: (1) high-speed home internet service and (2) a computer. Furthermore, these disparities disproportionately impact students of color, students from low-income families, and those in rural communities. As states and districts develop plans to extend online learning into the 2020–2021 school year, school and district leaders must ensure that all students have equitable access to the devices and connectivity necessary for academic success.

digiLEARN

The Digital Learning Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating digital learning for all ages with a goal of increasing personal learning options for students and expanding instructional opportunities for teachers and instructors.

Digital Learning Day 2021

A nationwide celebration, Digital Learning Day spreads innovative practices and ensures that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live. The event promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

Homework Gap Report from Common Sense Media and Boston Research

A new analysis by Common Sense and BCG of the digital divide for America’s K-12 public school students and teachers finds that the Homework Gap is larger than previously estimated. This report explores the size of the distance learning digital divide with a state-by-state analysis and discusses the cost and opportunities to close the distance learning digital divide.

The Learning Accelerator

The Learning Accelerator is a national nonprofit working to drive promising new educational approaches from the fringes of innovation to the center of teaching and learning for every child, in every classroom, in every school in America. The organization identifies patterns and sparks movement on shared problems of practice.

Learning Policy Institute’s Restarting and Reinventing School Report

As state and district leaders prepare for what schooling will look like in 2020 and beyond, there is an opportunity to identify evidence-based policies and practices that will enable them to seize this moment to rethink school in ways that can transform learning opportunities for students and teachers alike. The Learning Policy Institute’s report provides an overarching framework that focuses on how policymakers as well as educators can support equitable, effective teaching and learning regardless of the medium through which that takes place.

Public Schools Week 2021

Hosted by Learning First Alliance and its partners, including NSBA, Public Schools Week designates a week for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents, and school board members to host events for their communities and reach out to lawmakers, businesses, and other community members to discuss the importance of public education.

Teach Plus

Teach Plus empowers excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success.