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MAEC Responds to the Recent Events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Dear Friends, We are saddened and also outraged by the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where members of the school community were killed and injured. We can only imagine how difficult it must be for students, educators, and their families to comprehend and cope with this traumatic event.… Read More »

Welcoming Schools: Creating LGBTQ Awareness for Educators

  By Johanna Eager  Program Director, Welcoming Schools Human Right Campaign September  2017 In my over 20 years in education, I have had the opportunity to work with educators all over the country. As Director of Welcoming Schools, I have found that elementary school educators I talk to have received little, if any, education during… Read More »

The Practitioner’s Perspective: SES Integration

  By Terry Hofer Director, NY School and District Services WestEd’s Learning Innovations Program August 2017 When thinking about the challenge of socioeconomic school integration, I am reminded of the Eric Hoffer quote, “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” The Visionary… Read More »

The [Student] Practitioner’s Perspective: More Is Possible, When You Trust Students

I had the good fortune to hear Naudika Williams at the IEL National Family Community Engagement Conference in June. There is nothing like having students speak at a plenary session to remind all of us about why we do what we do AND that relationships really do matter. Naudika spoke eloquently and passionately about equity… Read More »

The Marathon Continues: Adding Race to the Gender Equity Discussion

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By Karmen Rouland July 5, 2017 On June 22, I attended the National Coalition of Women and Girls in Education’s Capitol Hill briefing where they released a report, Title IX: Advancing Opportunity through Equity in Education, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Title IX. The event celebrated the strides that have been made in education… Read More »

The Joys of Training Latino Parents to Advocate for their Children

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Maria del Rosario (Charo) Basterra Vice President, MAEC June 29, 2017 In early June, we celebrated the graduation of ten Latino parents who will now serve as trainers of other parents in Arlington, VA. The parents were trained in ¡ADELANTE! Moving Forward! a guide developed by MAEC in partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil… Read More »

The Practitioner’s Perspective: Engaging Immigrant and English Learner Families

            June 29, 2017 – Monica Lozano Caldera is passionate about social justice. She has been helping diverse families for over 15 years, eventually focusing her energy in a public school district. It was her passion that made MAEC excited to partner with IDRA’s EAC-South to work with her school… Read More »

The Practitioner’s Perspective: Creating a Welcoming Environment for Immigrant Students

          The Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC is inviting members of our advisory board, partners, and other colleagues to share their views on current equity issues. Their opinions do not necessarily reflect CEE’s views or those of the Department of Education.   By Lisa Tabaku Center for Education Equity… Read More »

Spotlight on ESSA and Family Engagement

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has put a much-needed spotlight on family engagement. Advocates for parent and community engagement see the newly revised federal ESSA as an opportunity to expand their impact on states’ academic goals, plans for school improvement, and other areas of policy. The new law, like NCLB, requires districts to set aside one… Read More »


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The MAEC family wishes to extend our condolences, support, and solidarity to the families who lost loved ones in Orlando. We may never fully understand the motivations of the shooter, but the victims were likely targeted because of their sexuality. This reminds us of the many LGBTQ students who are targeted in schools every day.… Read More »

The MAEC blog is designed to engage hearts and minds of school and district leaders across the country to engage in issues that you have identified as being essential in education. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

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