edTPA Affirmed as Measure of Readiness to Teach

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September 30, 2015 02:57 pm

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Researchers and educators are learning that the differences in student academic performance that they observe between schools often mask even greater variations in student performance schools. The issue appears to be less about unequal schools and more about unequal classrooms. The teacher to which a student is assigned matters more than the school he or she attends.

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Daily Dish: Unequal Access to Rigorous Math Content Widens Achievement Gap for Low-Income Students

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September 30, 2015 02:28 pm

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Today The Washington Post ran an article on how the achievement gap in math performance between students from low-income communities and their wealthier peers can be partially attributed to a difference in the content taught to one group versus the other. This finding was included in a new study published by American Educational Research Association based on the test scores from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is given by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Daily Dish: Google, Skype, and the Virtual Field Trip: How Technology Can Help Students Explore the World

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September 29, 2015 03:41 pm

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Google is taking students on tours of the world, all from within the confines of the classroom. With a new product, Google Expeditions, students use a smart phone and a cardboard box to take guided journeys around the world that correspond with course curriculums. The New York Times shares the experience of one class in Chicago that toured Verona, Italy as part of a lesson about Romeo and Juliet. The virtual field trip is conducted using 360-degree views from Google Street View and a camera system built by GoPro for three-dimensional images. The class’ teacher, Jennie Choi, said that the technology allows students to dive deeper into the lesson and gain a better understanding of what they are learning.

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Daily Dish: The Effects of Segregated Schools on African American Students

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September 28, 2015 04:19 pm

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The release of a new study conducted for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) by the American Institutes for Research revealed that African American students, particularly males, are most affected by racial segregation in the U.S. public school system. The study analyzed the test scores of 100,000 eighth grade students on the math portion of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In a Washington Post article, Black males struggle in segregated schools, reporter Lyndsey Layton explores how the study’s findings show that African American students who attend schools with a majority of African American students, score lower on achievement tests than those who go to school with fewer African American students.

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Bob Wise on House Speaker John Boehner’s Resignation and Implications for NCLB Rewrite

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September 25, 2015 04:50 pm

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The resignation of House Speaker John Boehner today has big implications on the ability of Congress to pass a final Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, now known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), by the end of this session of Congress. Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise was a member of the U.S House of Representatives for 18 years before becoming governor of West Virginia and was in office the last time a speaker resigned in 1989.

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Daily Dish: Technology Access Inside and Outside of the Classroom

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September 24, 2015 03:29 pm

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The Hechinger Report answered the question Should computer-assisted teaching expand its reach to more states? by exploring the positive experience of one Delaware school district in light of a new state-wide plan for the public school system. Personalized learning is a key strategy in the plan, and the article highlights how blended learning, defined in the piece as computer-assisted, in-person teaching, is a way to bring personalized learning into schools and classrooms.

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Daily Dish: The Achievement Gap’s Impact on a Successful Future

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September 23, 2015 04:11 pm

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Today the biggest threat to the American dream is class,” says Eduardo Porter in his New York Times article, Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider. Porter explores the widening achievement gap, where it originates and how it impacts the futures of children, especially those from low-income communities. Despite the fact that racial disparities in education have narrowed significantly, Porter says the gap between more affluent and less privileged children is wider than ever and begins as early as kindergarten.

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Daily Dish: Innovative Approaches to Improving High School Graduation Rates, College and Career Readiness

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September 22, 2015 04:56 pm

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Writing for eSchool News, Melissa Gedney of Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools shares best practices to keep kids in school, help them to graduate, and ensure they are armed with the skills for success in college and their careers. “Conventional wisdom around when and where students learn, what knowledge they need to be successful, and who they are as learners is all rapidly changing,” says Gedney, “especially as technology becomes more prevalent in classrooms.”

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Core of the Matter: Common Core in America’s Great City Schools—Optimism Amidst the Noise (#CoreMatters)

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September 22, 2015 09:55 am

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The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series focusing on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and struggling students. It was written by Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools.

While enthusiasm for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has waned on both the political left and right over the last several years, the nation’s major urban public school systems have remained energetic backers of the guidelines because they provide a powerful lever by which we can raise academic expectations for our inner-city children and ensure equity. More than anyone else, the nation’s urban public schools understand the toll that low expectations have taken on our children. The Common Core presents a critical opportunity to change that scenario.

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Daily Dish: Digital Learning, Deeper Learning, & Project-Based Learning Boost Creativity in Oakland School

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September 18, 2015 03:51 pm

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In Oakland, California, middle schools students at Lighthouse Community Charter are learning to be creative in the classroom through digital, deeper and project-based learning practices. An article by KQED News explores how the children are successfully utilizing software programs as aids for learning math skills and understanding key concepts in a digital setting, and creating projects to give real-world context to classroom lessons.

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