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Parents and principals, the perfect partnership

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Last week at the introductory meeting for Stand University for Parents (Stand UP), our family engagement program, I had one of the most exciting, exhilarating moments of my career. I looked into the enthusiastic crowd and a woman loudly committed to attending all six weeks of classes.

“I will stand up, show up and show out!” She yelled.

What made this moment special? She wasn’t a parent at the school, she was the principal!

History repeating itself?

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History has a funny and sometimes detrimental way of repeating itself.

Research Roundup: 6 Interesting Facts About the Effect of Teachers

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It’s well-known that there are large disparities in achievement between various groups of students of different socioeconomic backgrounds, races and ethnicities, and locations.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 3

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Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Happy Children's Book Day!

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Today is International Children's Book Day, in honor of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, and we at Stand certainly believe in the importance that reading has for children. Through fostering creativity and imagination, teaching important lessons, enhancing language and critical analysis skills, and other benefits, books can truly help shape a child's life.

Why My Kids Are Opting In

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Parenting. So much to worry about, so little time. Right?

As the mom of three teens, I’ve had my freak outs about childcare, ear infections, antibiotics, team tryouts, homework, driving, and dating. What I’m not worried about? Standardized testing.

It’s not that I don’t care about my kids’ education. Quite the opposite - ask them and they’ll tell you I care too much. I’m a huge proponent of public education and a big believer in the notion that each kid has individual learning styles, supported by the fact that my kids run the spectrum from special needs to high ability.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 2

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Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Parents Should Welcome the New Common Core Tests

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Ignore the left- and right-wing noise machines: the new tests being introduced to kids across the country are valuable.

Right now, interest groups with ulterior motives are encouraging parents to opt out of the next generation of “smart” tests being rolled out across the country.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 1

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An interview with educators on aligned tests

It’s testing season, and students in many states around the country are taking, for the first time this year, tests that are aligned to the Common Core and similar high standards. As with most things that are new or significantly changed, these tests have generated heated discussions. “Why do we need new tests?” “Why do we need standardized tests at all?” “There’s already too much classroom time spent on testing!” “Tests are too stressful and don’t paint an accurate picture!”

Who I Am and Why I Stand

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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lauren Sandherr, and I am the new National Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Stand for Children. In this role, I will be managing and coordinating various elements of the projects our team works on throughout the year, as well as contributing content to the website, blog, and more. While project management and communications compose my professional background, it is what Stand for Children, well, stands for that brought me here.

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