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Advisory: Local leaders urge community to join effort to transform Howenstine (December 2, 2011)
TUCSON—Recognizing that sustained success can only be achieved through wide-spread collaboration, local leaders are hoping Tucsonans will join a national campaign working locally to help transform a struggling school.  In the process, they’re expecting to raise awareness about an undervalued TUSD gem making a profound difference in the lives of students, and the community in which they live and learn.

Release: Oak Hill Participates in NEA Priority Schools Campaign (November 16, 2011 from Guilford County Schools)
NORTH CAROLINA – Staff members from Oak Hill Elementary were among 300 educators from 17 states who gathered for the NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign forum in New Orleans. Oak Hill, which was a recipient of a $2.9 million School Improvement Grant, has made tremendous growth due to the dedication of staff, parents and volunteers. The school was recognized for its achievements and staff were able to share their ideas and strategies with others at the conference.

Release: NEA shares strategies for developing family-school-community partnerships (November 15, 2011)
WASHINGTON – Backed by research that shows parent, family and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement, the National Education Association (NEA) was joined by Parenting magazine today for the release of “Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0.” Released on Parents Day during the 90th anniversary of American Education Week (AEW), the guide aims to help educators develop more effective partnerships with the most important people in their students’ lives.

Release: NEA conference focuses on improving student success in low-income communities (November 9, 2011)
NEW ORLEANS – Declaring that “the status quo must go,” National Education President Dennis Van Roekel will lead classroom teachers and allies during a three-day conference on strategies to transform struggling schools in some of the nation’s poorest communities. Educators and committed partners from NEA’s Priority School’s Campaign will convene in New Orleans Nov. 10-12. Participants will include more than 300 teachers, education support professionals, union leaders, district administrators and parents, representing 36 Priority Schools from 17 states.

Release: Evans School students off to a healthy start with Breakfast in the Classroom (August 4, 2011)
EVANSVILLE – Breakfast will never be the same for Evans School students, as they received the gift of coolers on wheels today thanks to a unique partnership between the Evansville Teachers Association and the National Education Association’s Priority Schools Campaign. The two education groups leveraged an existing partnership with JEEP® to purchase coolers to maintain the school’s “Breakfast in the Classroom” program.

Release: McGary Middle School Goes Green (June 14, 2011)
EVANSVILLE —Nearly 100 students, teachers, and community volunteers helped  hammer, shovel and landscape McGary Middle School’s open space into a community garden today. The National Education Association’s Priority Schools Campaign and the Evansville Teachers Association collaborated to help sponsor the community garden project.

Release: Dayton teachers celebrate positive 2010-2011 (June 1, 2011 from the Dayton Education Association)
DAYTON—They’re clearing bulletin boards, emptying desks and placing final marks in well-worn grade books.  But this year, Dayton teachers are adding one more thing to the ritual that comes with the end of the school year—a big thumbs up—to students, parents and colleagues for working together to make the 2010-2011 school year a huge success.

Release: Education leaders plan collaboration on Priority Schools (March 4, 2010)
NEW YORK  – Public education professionals from classrooms to local governments to the Obama Administration meet here Thursday to continue mapping collaborative approaches to significantly raising academic achievement in the nation’s lower-performing five percent of public schools. These Priority Schools are the subject of an unprecedented campaign by the National Education Association to bring public education stakeholders together to help lead permanent change.

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