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Diversity Toolkit: Cultural Competence for Educators

Cultural competence is the ability to successfully teach students who come from a culture or cultures other than our own. Examine the main issues and consider the strategies.

Working Well with Parents

Reaching today's parents takes creativity and flexibility.

NEA Foundation Courses Helping Educators Become School Leaders

Building leadership, teacher-led professional growth, and laying the groundwork for transformative and positive union-district collaboration are critical components for a successful school district.

Service Learning Resources

Our Service Learning Resources can help your students become civic superstars.

Cure Winter Doldrums with In-Class Exercise

The initial burst of energy following the winter break has run its course, and your students are feeling somewhat…unfocused. How to snap them out of it and regain that learning momentum? Try exercise.

2010 Kids Count Special Report: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

Strategies that can help curb high school dropout rates, increase the number of students graduating from college, and prepare them to compete in an ever-evolving global economy.

Research Spotlight on Teaching and Learning

The research also shows that three keys to best practice are cultural competency, accomplished teaching, and addressing the demographic changes in the United States.

Research Spotlight on Best Practices in Education

Discover what the latest research says about your profession. Periodically NEA highlights professional research on one educational topic. Here you’ll find a brief article on the research, with links to related materials.

6 Steps to Successful Co-Teaching

Six steps very helpful steps to prepare you for a sucessful co-teaching experience.

Research Spotlight on Single-Gender Education

If you walked into the average public school classroom in the United States, you'd find an equal number of boys and girls. But some experts suggest it may be time for a change

Research Spotlight on Year-Round Education

Most schools in the United States operate on the 10-month calendar that was established when America was still an agrarian country. But times have changed and many people propose doing away with this outdated system and moving to year-round education.

Modeling Positive Behavior in the Classroom

Modeling positive behavior helps create a positive environment where students feel safe and cared for and where they can develop behavioral skills.

Research Spotlight on Community Schools

The community school model allows schools to become centers of the community, where they're open to everyone - all day, every day, evenings, and weekends.

The Arts Are Essential

Arts programs are frequently the first to be cut when school budgets are tightened. Preserve them by integrating them across the curriculum.

Diversity Toolkit

This online toolkit provides an introduction to the multiple facets of diversity. It offers basic information, a short list of strategies and tools, and suggestions for how to find out more.

Research Spotlight on Response to Intervention

RTI is a tiered approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs.

Ensuring Safe Schools for All Students

NEA Human and Civil Rights' "Safe Zone" poster shows students that their schools are taking a stand against racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, religious bias, and other forms of bias and discrimination.

An Interview with Kevin Jennings, Founder of GLSEN

An interview with Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Your principal, your ally

The princi-P-A-L isn’t your personal friend, but shouldn’t be your enemy, either. Hear from your colleagues on how to create a productive, beneficial relationship with the big office.

Graphic Organizer for Pre-Reading

Graphic Organizers preteach the main concepts and terms in a text providing students with a mental framework on which to build new knowledge.

Directed Reading - Thinking Activity

DR-TA encourages students to make predictions while they are reading and make new predictions about what they will read next.

DRA (Directed Reading Activity)

A strategy that provides students with instructional support before, during, and after reading.

Concept Cards

Concept cards help students learn vocabulary words, their connotations, and how to use those words in original sentences.