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Strengthen, defend, and extend democracy as the best guarantor of universal civil and human rights, at home and around the world, in every facet of life and for every person.

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Strengthen the essential role of unions in a democracy as organizations that offer workers a voice, lift living standards, enhance institutions, and promote the common good.

Shanker Blog

May May25, 2023

Experiential Civic Learning for Democracy

Guest author Wilfred Chirinos, an associate on the Policy and Advocacy Team at Generation Citizen, contends that revitalizing our democracy can begin with civic learning in our classrooms.


May May23, 2023

From Invisibility to Solidarity: An AAPI experience

Our guest author for AAPI Heritage Month is Jessica Tang, President of the Boston Teachers Union and Shanker Board Member. She writes that while May is an opportunity to elevate the contributions, successes and needs of the AAPI community, this work must happen year-round.


May May17, 2023

Beyond Brown: What We Must Protect

On the 69th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, guest author Leon W. Russell, Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, argues that in 2023, it’s not enough to commemorate this historic day, we must protect the values that this decision established.



@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS P.S. Here's a nice little 2018 review of NYC-specific studies post-Hoxby:

2 months ago

@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS Scarsdale aside, NYC very interesting back then (Boston too). Small sectors, slow growth, large/positive effects. I’ve been meaning to look at more recent papers (can’t believe that Hoxby report is almost 15 years ago, feeling old). Thanks again.

2 months ago

@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS Thanks for the comment. Critique is not of the models/results but rather that illustration of effect size (as presented in “glossy” report’s summary). Seems I might have explained that better, but my description not much different from paper’s.

2 months ago

RT @edtransformGU: Check out the latest blog by our Advocacy and Policy student, @RachelWessler, on early care provider compensation that s…

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RT @NEPCtweet: A proposal to make school finance more equitable with a strategic use of federal funding @shankerinst @SchlFinance101 @dicar…

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New post: The Shanker Institute turns 25 years old this month!

We'll be celebrating during the coming year.

2 months 2 weeks ago

RT @Stephen_Sawchuk: Still looking for a few good #mathteachers . Help me share your success!

2 months 2 weeks ago

Our recent report laying out and simulating a federal foundation aid formula for K-12 education is excerpted in the newest issue of American Educator.

Co-authored by @SchlFinance101
and @jerseyjazzman

2 months 2 weeks ago

RT @DrMikeHansen: I’m proud to announce a new brief on gender pay differences among teachers with coauthors @Quintero05Diana & @NicolasZerb…

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Check out @kayreist on what it takes for instructional coaches to be effective.

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