Highlight Video Available from While You Were Out Webinar

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January 31, 2011 08:42 pm

After the Alliance hosts an event we usually post the full event video on our Web site within a few days. Now we are also offering video highlights of our events so viewers can tune-in for a shorter video summary. These highlight videos also break the content up into easily viewable sections based on speaker and topic area.

This video highlight is about fifteen minutes total. It is from the January 7th webinar and reviews the 2010 lame duck session in greater detail and previews possible congressional action on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2011.

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Elementary & Secondary Education Act

Morning Announcements: January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011 04:33 pm

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The Indianapolis Star recognizes community members, business leaders, and volunteers for supporting children in need and education reform.

The drive for education reform has teacher unions on the defensive, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

The Los Angles Times reports on the progress that Bruce Randolph School in Denver, CO has made in raising student achievement, writing, “It has vastly increased the percentage of its students who can perform at grade level. But still only 19% of middle school students there do math at grade level, and only 26% read at grade level. The numbers are higher for high school students, but still far from perfect, said Cedillo, who is now the principal.” President Obama mentioned Bruce Randolph School in his State of the Union address.

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Federal Education Reform, Students of Color

The Obama Administration Gets It with NCES’s New Data Dashboard

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January 28, 2011 06:11 pm

If you’re like me and regularly rely on data from the National Center for Education Statistics for your work, you know how difficult it can be to find just the right piece of data from the multitude of different data sets available. That’s why NCES’s new Education Dashboard is so exciting.

The dashboard compiles all of the essential data necessary to quickly take the temperature of the nation’s education system, and, in particular, how well we’re moving towards President Obama’s goal to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

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Higher Education

Report Round-Up

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January 28, 2011 05:26 pm

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Return on Educational Investment from the Center for American Progress. This resource applies business thinking to school districts’ spending and academic achievement and presents a district-by-district analysis of “educational productivity” by measuring academic achievement outcomes relative to education spending.

The State of Communities of Color in the U.S. Economy from Diverse Issues in Higher Education. This report documents that minorities continue to lag behind Whites in homeownership and economic security while reporting higher rates of unemployment and foreclosures.

School Breakfast Scorecard: School Year 2009-2010 from the Food Research and Action Center. This report finds that roughly 1.2 million more low-income children ate a free or reduced-price school lunch each day during SY 2009-10 compared to the prior school year, while 663,000 more low-income students received a free or reduced-price breakfast every day during the same time period.

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Achievement Gap, Economic Impacts, Higher Education, Students of Color, Teacher Evaluations, Teachers & Leaders

Morning Announcements: January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011 02:08 pm

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ESEA Renewal May See New Momentum according to Education Week reporter Alyson Klein. She writes, “Education leaders in Congress are signaling that they’re prepared to collaborate with the White House on a long-stalled reauthorization of the main federal law for K-12 education, after President Barack Obama sought to move education back to the top of the national agenda in his State of the Union address this week.”

The Detroit News tells the story of Sultan Jennings and his successful journey through the Detroit Public School system.

Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss explains how one Ohio school district is using online learning to combat snow days.

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Education Technology, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, High School Graduation Rates, State Budgets, Technology

Stats That Stick: January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011 09:41 pm

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In 2009, 41% of children born in the USA were born to unmarried mothers (up from 5% a half-century ago). That includes 73% of non-Hispanic black children, 53% of Hispanic children and 29% of non-Hispanic white children. –USA Today

Nearly half of voters in 11 Massachusetts cities give their public schools a grade of A or B and just 12 percent rate their schools D or F, according to poll results released yesterday.   –The Boston Globe

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Students of Color

Straight A’s: Highlights New Public Opinion Poll, Common Standards Progress, and State of the State Addresses

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January 26, 2011 08:33 pm

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Here’s a quick summary of the articles in the January 24 issue of Straight A’s, the Alliance’s biweekly newsletter.

Click on a title below to access the complete article or download a printer-friendly version of the entire newsletter here.

EDUCATION AMONG AMERICANS’ TOP PRIORITIES FOR 2011: Education Ranks Fourth, Ahead of Reducing the Budget Deficit, According to New PEW Poll: During a time when politicians in Washington, DC are heavily focused on reducing the federal budget deficit, a new poll from the PEW Research Center for the People & the Press finds that the American public would rather see politicians act to improve the economy and the job situation, defend against terrorism, and improve education.

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Bob Wise Travels to Ohio for Summit on Digital Learning

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January 26, 2011 08:05 pm

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Yesterday Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, spoke at a summit  titled “Learning Unbound,” sponsored by KnowledgeWorks.  The event took place in Columbus, OH and focused on ways that digital learning can improve student performance and lower education costs in the state and throughout the nation. This morning in the Huffington Post, Tom Vander Ark published a piece about some of the strategies discussed at the summit to help Ohio boost student achievement. See below for an excerpt.

Ohio is broke, but it’s possible that despite the financial status of the state that for some Ohio kids, things will get better. Learning is about to become more engaging, more personal, and more productive.

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Digital Learning, Ohio

Tag Cloud of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

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January 26, 2011 06:48 pm

Here’s a tag cloud I made using the text of President Obama’s State of the Union address from last night. A tag cloud is a visual depiction of the word content of a website, or, in this case, a speech. The more times a word is used, the larger it appears in the tag cloud.

As you can see from the image below, some of the words the president used most often last night were “jobs” and “job” (25 and 6 mentions, respectively), “new” (36 mentions), and “people” (31 mentions).

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Technology

State of the Union Bingo Results Are In!!

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January 26, 2011 05:05 pm

SOTU_2011During his State of the Union address on January 25, President Obama said America’s future success will require it to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build” the rest of the world. He called for a new law to replace the No Child Left Behind Act in 2011 and repeated his goal that America will once again lead the world in the highest proportion of college graduates. In response, Alliance President Bob Wise said, “President Obama made ‘winning the future’ the theme of his State of the Union address, but that requires quick federal action to change an education system that often lives in the past.” Read Gov. Wise’s complete statement.

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Higher Education, No Child Left Behind