Priority Schools Campaign In the News

Read the latest coverage of the NEA Priority Schools Campaign activities.

Cultural awareness award for school (April 30, 2013) 
Quil Ceda-Tulalip Elementary is recognized for incorporating Native American practices in plan to raise academic achievement.

The Unions’ Engagement in School Turnarounds (April 13, 2012)
The Education Writers Association posted a video of NEA’s Ellen Holmes discussing how the Priority Schools Campaign was developed in response to the national push to turn around low-performing schools.

A new approach to school turnaround (or ‘old dogs CAN learn new tricks’) (April 1, 2012)
In a guest post on the Washington Post’s The Answer Sheet blog, Anthony Cody mentions the Priority Schools Campaign and his experience that “setting a goal to retain everyone and building a supportive collaborative community can create the conditions we need in order to grow as teachers, and improve outcomes for students.”

Flipping the Classroom: Homework in Class, Lessons at Home (April, 2012)
A NEA Priority Schools Campaign story “Flipping the Classroom: Homework in Class, Lessons at Home” was picked up by Ed  Digest and published in its April 2012 edition.

NEA’s Priority Schools Focus on Teacher Expertise, Parent and Community Involvement (March 30, 2012)
Education Week blogger Anthony Cody posted a Q and A with Ellen Holmes of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign from a School Improvement Grant conference sponsored by the Education Writers Association.

Montgomery teachers redefine image of unionism (March 9, 2012)
The Washington Post highlighted the Montgomery County Education Association in Maryland, where their collaborative relationship with the district enables fairness and success.

Carrebec elevates the bar (February 1, 2012)
The Morning Sentinel in Maine wrote that “the Carrabec Education Association, the Maine Education Association and the National Education Association also are helping to drive the changes at Carrabec” after U.S. Dept. of Education senior advisor Jo Anderson praised the school’s transformation efforts.

Carrabec High School setting example for rural schools, says federal official (February 1, 2012)
The Bangor Daily news covered Jo Anderson’s visit to Carrabec High School, where the work of the Maine Education Association and NEA Priority Schools campaign is credited.

What’s awesome about your high school? – Howenstine High School (January 31, 2012)
Howenstine High School, a priority school in Tucson, Arizona, was featured on KGUN9-TV as ” school making a profound difference in the lives of students” and receiving national attention from the NEA Priority Schools Campaign.

Utah Education Association hopes for collaboration with lawmakers (December 31, 2011)
The Salt Lake Tribune mentioned Glendale Middle School’s involvement with the NEA Priority Schools campaign in an article about stronger collaboration amongst public education stakeholders in Utah.

Amazing stories from our public schools (December 29, 2011)
The Learning First Alliance blog selected the NEA Priority Schools Campaign story about the flipped classroom at Clintondale High School in Michigan as one of their top 5 success stories of 2011.

More districts sending teachers into students’ homes (December 13, 2011)
Education Week wrote about teacher home-visits, a parental involvement strategy supported by the NEA Priority Schools Campaign.

SAD 74 union to expand its role (December 12, 2011)
The Morning Sentinel wrote about how the Carrabec Education Association is “broadening its traditional role by planning specific ways to improve the education of students in Anson, Embden, Solon and New Portland,” including NEA Priority Schools Campaign site Carrabec High School.

TUSD school sees marked gains, gets help from national ed group (December 7, 2011)
The Arizona Daily Star reported on the campaign work with Howenstine High Magnet School.

Report showcases partnership-driven school reform (November 21, 2011)
Education Daily covered the release of the NEA Priority Schools Campaign’s Family-School-Community Partnerships guide, and how “family-school-community partnerships can boost student achievement.”

Carrabec teachers in leadership role (November 21, 2011)
The Morning Sentinel reported on the team of teachers, district staff and school board members from Anson, Maine who traveled to the NEA Priority Schools Campaign forum in New Orleans.

Marysville teachers, officials share ideas on turning schools around (November 16, 2011)
The Herald reported on the team of teachers, district staff and school board members from Marysville, Washington who traveled to the NEA Priority Schools Campaign forum in New Orleans.

Community and family engagement (November 15, 2011)
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen spoke with Utah Public Radio about the release of the Family-School-Community Partnership 2.0 guide.

Education Association looking for classroom superheroes (November 14, 2011)
8NewsNow in Las Vegas, Nevada noted NEA’s Classroom Superheroes project and the educators and support staff nominated from Clark County.

Union will help three Richmond County high schools implement grants (October 17, 2011)
The Augusta Chronicle wrote about the participation of T.W. Josey, Lucy C. Laney and Glenn Hills high schools in the NEA Priority Schools Campaign.

Flipping the classroom: homework in class, lessons at home (October 7, 2011)
The Learning First Alliance blog shared the story from NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign about flipped classrooms at Clintondale High School in Michigan.

Making the most of transitions (October, 2011)
The Oregon Education Association featured Roberts High School and the Priority Schools Campaign in the bi-monthly Today’s OEA.

It’s back to school for NEA President (September 15, 2011)
The Dayton Weekly News covered NEA President Dennis Van Roekel’s visits to Westwood PreK-8 School and Belmont High School.

NEA chief applauds Belmont success (September 12, 2011)
The Dayton Daily News covered NEA President Dennis Van Roekel’s visit to Belmont High School.

NEA visit to DPS (September 12, 2011)
Dayton Public Schools TV interviewed NEA President Dennis Van Roekel about his visit to Belmont High School.

NEA partners with SIG schools in Priority Schools Campaign (Summer, 2011)
The work of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign was highlighted in the U.S. Department of Education’s School Turnaround newsletter.

McGary students plant a seed that grows and grows (August 27, 2011)
The Evansville Courier & Press highlighted the community garden project at McGary Middle School.

Crime dips 77% at Belmont High School (August 27, 2011)
The Dayton Daily News reported on the improvements at Belmont High School in Ohio.

How Are Unions Working on Education Reform? (April 21, 2011)
Matt Franck of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote during the 2011 Education Writers Association Conference that union-led transformation efforts such as NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign would motivate him to think differently about how he covered teachers unions.


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