Headlines, March 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:00am

School and Teacher Autonomy in the Netherlands: This article from The Atlantic explores what schools look like when they have extra hours for education—Dutch students are in the classroom four weeks more than in the average U.S. school—and when teachers and schools have the autonomy to determine what happens with the time.

NEA Sponsors International Study Program for Teachers: Connecticut teacher Christopher Stone talks about his experience as a Global Learning Fellow, a year-long program sponsored by the NEA Foundation. Stone also includes links to a lesson plan that grew out of his study of schools in China.

Factors in the Wellbeing of Every Child: Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, identifies three key factors—a stable home, good schools with great teachers, and a supportive community—that are essential to the wellbeing of every child, wherever she lives, from Seattle to Singapore, New York to Nairobi.

Better Educational Outcomes Add to General Prosperity: A new study from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth concludes that improving educational performance could result in broad economic growth and add billions in revenues to public coffers, eclipsing the cost of educational reforms.