Grow Your Own Programs for Teachers: A Look at Programs and Policies

In August, the Tennessee Department of Education launched a competitive grant program to facilitate the development and expansion of Grow...

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Designing Effective K-3 Literacy Policies and Navigating the Pandemic

By now, it is no surprise that early literacy skills are fundamental to educational success. However, teaching literacy is complicated; as...

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States Consider School Liability Protections

A host of issues have complicated school reopening plans, including liability concerns if students or staff are infected. This issue is...

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How Governors Can Lead Schools Out of the Pandemic

Governors are often likened to orchestra conductors: keeping many players in sync by using the powers of office. This skill set has been on...

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Liability or Not? Schools Reopen With Questions on the Table

As schools and districts continue to negotiate the safest mode of learning this year, the question of whether schools can be held liable...

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How Reopening Plans Changed the Vaccination Conversation

In recent years, policy activity and public discourse has focused on religious and philosophical exemptions for mandatory vaccine...

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Adjusting to a New ‘Normal’ in Education

Now that many school and district buildings are closed, state leaders, educators and in some cases, business leaders are looking at how...

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Guiding Principles for Teacher and Leader Policy: Prioritize, Rather Than Prescribe

This year has seen a wave of activity around teacher compensation and education spending. State leaders have an opportunity to...

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‘In God We Trust’: Public School Displays of the National Motto

When students returned to school this fall, some may have noticed new “In God We Trust” displays in their public school buildings....

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Preventing School Violence Through Threat Assessment

While governors and state policymakers continue to grapple with ways to prevent acts of school violence — through a variety of...

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