A Lost Year Not Wasted

It has been a wild roller coaster of a year for American parents, not least those with school-age children. As vaccination efforts ramp up all over the country, the hope of students returning to “school” and “normalcy” this fall also rises. However, “school” and “normalcy” have taken on different meanings since last Spring. Gone are…

Full-time online learning vs. crisis/emergency remote teaching — what’s the difference?

When the pandemic hit, traditional brick and mortar schools were forced to move their lessons online. Many of these schools floundered, leaving millions of students on the sidelines. As a result, many students have suffered learning losses, while others are not receiving the support and educational resources they need. Unfortunately, online learning has taken the…

Listening to Dr. Dolores Huerta

Dr. Dolores Huerta spoke at the National Parents Unions’ Townhall Clap Back event this past Friday – and we were honored to hear from a person who has fought so valiantly for the rights of marginalized families for decades. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Obama, Dr. Huerta spoke to…

Looking Ahead to 2021

To our parents across the country, 2020 has tested us all, and, on behalf of the PSO Board, I want to personally extend our wishes that your family has fared well and stayed healthy during these tumultuous times. While this time of year often invites reflection, I’d rather take this opportunity to be forward-thinking and share…

EdPalooza 2020: PSO’s takeaways

Each year, ExcelinEd’s EdPalooza has us thinking for days afterward about how we can further our own organizational goals with the new information we’ve gathered from their program, and from their guest speakers. This year, we heard from dozens of voices, including former President George W. Bush and Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, among…

A hard truth about education

Axios’ most recent “Hard Truths” series focused on education. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find a link to the full event broadcast here. Their series hones in exclusively on the “hard truths” we as Americans still have to face, even decades after the civil rights movement to end discrimination. Their series aims to…