Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools: An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments

On April 24, 2013, the members of the Writing Collaborative presented their ideas to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and his senior staff, and to senior staff of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The VIVA NEA Idea Exchange invited all members of the National Education Association in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon,

Character 2.0: The Value of Taking a School-Wide View Toward Students’ Life-long Success

  Broadly, our advice comes in the form of five key recommendations: 1. Help Schools Define and Build Cultures that Develop Non-Cognitive Skills, Then Assess Those Skills 2. Establish Shared Vocabulary and Meaning that Fosters Character Development and Student Accountability from Preschool through High School and Beyond 3. Develop Students’ and Teachers’ Ability to Navigate in a

VIVA MET: Reflections from the Classroom – Measures of Effective Teaching Idea Exchange

On Feb. 14, 2013, the members of the Writing Collaborative presented their ideas to Vicki L. Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready, U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Download a copy of VIVA MET: Reflections from the Classroom – Measures of Effective Teaching Generally speaking, teachers are visionaries. They work with the

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VIVA Teachers work highlighted in Education Next

From a piece by Richard Lee Colvin. Each of these anecdotes represents a facet of a small but rapidly growing national movement to give classroom teachers opportunities to make a mark on their profession and on public education. Several new groups work to amplify the voices of top classroom teachers as they weigh in on