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Reflections on NSTA 2024

By Cat McGee /

This past March our Forward Learning Partners attended NSTA to present Data Jam in Denver.

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Remote Learning: What’s a Parent to Do?

By Claire Cronin /

In this blog we hear from some our team members and partners who are parents with school-aged children about their experiences supporting remote learning. Only 65% of states provide specific guidance on how to support parents during remote learning. We see from these examples that by working together families are resilient.

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Local and National Advocates Helped Drive the Computer Science Movement

By Mark Johnson /

Today we released a preliminary report on how local and national policy entrepreneurs created an environment that was favorable to the landmark decision by the Chicago Public Schools to enact a computer science graduation requirement.

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Freedom College – Update on A Program to Address Chronically Low-Performing Schools

By Steven McGee /

Two years ago this month, I published a proposal to develop a college that would offer a degree completion program for inner-city community college graduates to get certified to teach in their neighborhood schools. I have spent the last two-years developing a business plan, talking to many potential funders, and examining the regulatory hurdles. It…

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Crumbs From Your Table

By Steven McGee /

Today I received an email from a wonderful colleague and teacher at Hancock High School in Chicago. I have worked with the science faculty at Hancock for the last six years on a variety of projects to improve student learning in science. During that time, the school has seen significant growth in student outcomes. Last…

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Pressing for Reform: What Ecology Can Teach Us About School Reform

By Steven McGee /

On September 21, 1998, Hurricane George struck the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 3 hurricane. It caused $2 billion in property damage. It also caused immense devastation to the El Yunque rainforest, which is one Puerto Rico’s most popular attractions and has been designated as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. The picture on…

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