Alexandria Neason

Alexandria Neason is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has contributed to Chalkbeat New York, WAMU’s Metro Connection, National Public Radio’s Ombudsman blog and other school-based publications. She earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in 2010. Before arriving at Columbia, she taught high school English in Wahiawa, H.I.

Recent Stories

Students Mia Ramsey, 11, left, Ella Reyl, 12, Thea Jones, 12, Seth Samuel, 12, and Etai Kurtzman, 12, fill out game analysis worksheets at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY May 28, 2015. The group of students from Quest to Learn School took the day trip to Coney Island to analyze user experience on games and rides at Luna Park as part of their late-spring school curriculum.

What does it mean to have your whole middle-school curriculum designed around games?

While blended learning — a mix of teacher-led and computerized instruction — is proliferating across the country, schools that wholeheartedly embrace games-based learning remain rare

New York teachers hate the idea of outsiders evaluating them. Here’s what happened when D.C. tried it

This story was co-produced by The Teacher Project, an education reporting initiative at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism dedicated to covering teachers, and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news…

Tiana Nobile, co-president of the new United Educators Morris Jeff teachers union, starts the day with her kindergarten class on October 28, 2014. Teachers at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans voted to unionize last year, making them the first to do so in a city that has had virtually no union representation since Hurricane Katrina. (Photo: Alex Neason)

Do charter schools need teachers unions?

This story is a collaboration with The Teacher Project, an education reporting initiative at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism dedicated to covering the issues facing America’s teachers. NEW ORLEANS…

Alexandria Neason taught English language arts at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii from 2011-2013 through Teach for America. She graduated from the same school in 2006.

Where have all the black and brown teachers gone?

As a fifth grade student in Clarksville, Tenn., a small city near Nashville, I constantly got in trouble. Just about every day, I came home with a pink slip. I…

Students at Corona-Norco Unified’s Louis VanderMolen Fundamental Elementary use laptops for daily reading instruction as well as to prepare for the state’s new computerized testing. Some of the school’s laptops were purchased under a funding system that restricted their use to specific student groups, such as English learners. Tools purchased under the state’s new funding system will be available to a greater share of students.

“Deeper Learning” improves student outcomes. But what is it?

The pressure is on teachers this year. Students are preparing to be tested on the new, tougher Common Core State Standards in over 40 states where, in many cases, teachers…

Will weak teacher training ruin the Common Core?

The sprawling second floor of the Sheraton Boston Hotel is swarming with teachers. They’ve traveled from 17 states for the Common Core Now Institute, a two-day conference held by Solution…

Facing money and enrollment squeeze, more women’s colleges go coed

Twenty-five years ago, when dwindling enrollment at Wilson College in Pennsylvania threatened to close its doors, a swell of opposition by staff and students stopped it. This year, the college…

Teachers figure out when to turn technology on, and when to turn it off

This summer, nearly 100 new and veteran teachers from the New York City public schools became students themselves. The subject? How to introduce blended learning into their classrooms. Blended learning combines…

Dana Goldstein

Q&A with Dana Goldstein: How yesterday’s teacher wars explain today’s education battles

On the heels of a summer fraught with drama surrounding teachers and the policies that govern the schools where they work, education reporter Dana Goldstein offers a new look…

Half of teachers leave the job after five years. Here’s what to do about it

Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers – and their tendency to…