School of Thought

Do You Want to Offer School Meals At No Cost to All Students? 

Guest post by Alison Maurice

Find out if your school district is eligible to provide free meals to your students with this handy FAQ guide to the community eligibility provision. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Time is Running Out to Comment on the Teacher Shortage Position Statement!

NASSP recently released a new Teacher Shortage position statement to help address the country’s growing teacher shortage. The position statement also provides recommendations for policymakers and school leaders to help find new solutions. The NASSP Board of Directors recently stated its intent to adopt this position statement, and the 30-day public comment period is now open. If you would like to send a comment or recommendation about this statement, please contact Amanda Karhuse, NASSP’s director of advocacy, at karhusea@nassp.org by Friday, April 28.

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Integrated STEM Program at Portage High School

Guest post by Robin Kvalo

Portage High School in Portage, WI, introduced a new STEM manufacturing program for selected sophomores this 2016-17 school year. The major highlight of the program is that the students will take English, math, and science credits in the technology education and engineering labs. The core classes are integrated with technology education projects and our new “Enterprise,” our in-house manufacturing business experience. Core content teachers share classroom space with technology educators, teaming up for academic success for these individual students. (more…)

How State Level Education Policies Hold Us Back, and How We Can Improve Them

Guest post by Denver J. Fowler

As an education leader in Mississippi, I am frustrated that our state consistently places last in national education rankings. Education Week gives Mississippi a D- and ranks it 50th (out of 50 states and the District of Columbia). Even more troubling to me is that my fellow Mississippians seem to have gotten used to this situation, and detailed plans on how to fix the problem is lacking. Year after year, it appears Mississippi is not getting the job done when it comes to educating our children. I am left wondering why and asking myself what can we do in order to address this issue?  (more…)

Advocacy Update

There’s Still Time to Contact Your Representatives!

President Trump’s recent budget asked for a complete elimination of Title II, Part A funds for FY 2018 and to halve the amount of funds appropriated for FY 2017. This funding helps states and districts to prepare, train, and recruit high-quality teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Congress is still working on the final funding bills this spring, so please join NASSP by contacting your elected officials to say you support funding for Title II. Make your voice heard by standing with the other 500 individuals who have already participated in NASSP’s newest action alert opposing President Trump’s cuts and asking Congress to fully fund Title II, Part A! (more…)

Do Your School Rituals Reflect Your School’s Most Noble Aims?

Guest post by Derek Pierce

What are the annual events at your school that get your students the most excited? Does your faculty feel the same way? What do your school’s biggest traditions say about what your school most values?  (more…)

Financial Aid Planning: Critical Conversations

Guest post by Kristan Venegas

Your students may need some help navigating their financial aid options. Kristan Venegas is a professor of clinical education and research associate at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. She served as a panelist during the NHS webinar, “The FAFSA: What You Need to Know Now,” which focused on key parts of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Her post below provides some insight to pass to your students about the importance of considering different types of financial aid and calculating all costs associated with going to a school of their choice.

All school leaders not only want to see their students excel academically, but they also want to ensure their students become knowledgeable about their options in financing their aspirations so they can take their education to the next level. As a panelist during a National Honor Society webinar on the FAFSA, I’d like to share some insights that might be helpful for you to pass along to your students. (more…)

Generation Wite-Out vs. Generation Ctrl+Z

Guest post by Paul Hermes

My mom asked me if I could help her answer some questions about her new iPhone. We arranged that I would come over to help her. When I arrived, my mom took out a spiral notebook with a page full of questions. I have had an iPhone for several years, so many of the “issues” were easily answered. However, there were some that I wasn’t sure about, so I Googled a few of them to find the answer. For others, I just started trying stuff to see if I could figure it out. I asked her several times if she tried various solutions, to which she replied every time, “No, I was afraid that I would wreck it.” A little frustrated, I said, “Mom, there is nothing on this phone or what we are doing that is doing to ‘wreck it,’ and if what we try doesn’t work, we can just change it back.” Through this process of trial and error, we were able to solve all of her questions. (more…)

Support Learning With the Breakfast After the Bell Toolkit

Guest post by Alison Maurice

Nationally, on an average school day in the 2015–16 school year, 12.1 million low-income students participated in school breakfast, an increase of nearly 433,000 children from the prior school year. While this is definitely progress, there is still room for improvement, especially at the middle and high school levels, where school breakfast participation has often been lower than at the elementary school level.

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Advocacy Update

Join the Fight to Support Title II Funding!

President Trump’s recent budget asked for a complete elimination of Title II, Part A funds for FY 2018 and to reduce by 50 percent the amount of funds appropriated for FY 2017. To combat these cuts and show the importance Title II plays in ensuring every child has access to high-quality teachers and school leaders, NASSP recently joined with other national organizations to send a letter to the House and Senate appropriations committees asking for full funding for Title II. Lend your voice to the fight by participating in NASSP’s newest action alert opposing President Trump’s cuts and asking Congress to fully fund Title II, Part A! (more…)