Science of Learning: Where Student Health and Learning Intersect

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October 31, 2016 10:05 am

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As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (Alliance’s) blog series on the science of learning, the Alliance recently spoke with Olga Acosta Price, an associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at The George Washington University, about the impacts of adolescent health on students’ learning and development. Price also is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, a national resource and technical assistance center committed to building effective school health programs.

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Exploring Linked Learning in Los Angeles High Schools

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October 26, 2016 03:29 pm

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Last week, two high schools in Los Angeles Unified School District opened their doors to show policymakers representing the federal government as well as local and state education leaders—the Linked Learning approach in action.

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U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High: A Time for Celebration and Rededication

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October 25, 2016 11:16 am

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Speaking on October 17 at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama announced that the nation’s high school graduation rate reached a new all-time high of 83.2 percent for the Class of 2015, up from 82.3 percent last year and 79 percent for the Class of 2011. Even with the progress, Obama acknowledged that more work was necessary.

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Understanding How Community Violence and Trauma Impact Teens

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October 24, 2016 09:26 am

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Students who entered school this fall were not able simply to enjoy their summer or the start of a new academic year. They, like the rest of us, had to witness a series of violent acts that gained national attention—the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11 on a club in Orlando and high-profile shootings in St. Paul, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Tulsa, and Charlotte—as well as an untold number of additional shootings that affected communities, family members, and friends. Moreover, historically underserved students are more likely to witness and experience violent acts firsthand in their communities and face a greater risk of exposure to violence.

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School Climate, Science of Learning, Students of Color

Expanding College Access for Traditionally Underserved Students

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October 20, 2016 01:07 pm

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Ninety-nine percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education. Despite this growing demand for workers with education and training beyond high school, the percentage of high school graduates enrolling directly in postsecondary education has declined, particularly among high school graduates from low-income families, according to a new analysis from the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

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Deeper Learning and Mathematics Instruction

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October 19, 2016 03:01 pm

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A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Ten Questions for Mathematics Teachers… and How PISA Can Help Answer Them, organizes key findings from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 and the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013 into a set of questions teachers can use to guide their instruction and move students to deeper learning.

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Deeper Learning Digest: Getting Workforce Ready Through Deeper Learning

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October 14, 2016 03:39 pm

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How does deeper learning translate to workforce readiness? Council for a Strong America has launched a new blog series on how deeper learning competencies, including collaboration, thinking critically, communicating effectively, enable students to apply their knowledge not only in the classroom, but on the job. “Deeper learning can help build the ‘executive functioning’ skills that employers value,” the series introduction says. “This, in turn, makes a stronger workforce that can meet the demands of the modern job market, particularly in growing sectors like STEM professions.”

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Can the Science of Learning Close the Achievement Gap for Students from Low-Income Families?

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October 12, 2016 03:43 pm

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Michele Tine, an associate professor of education at Dartmouth College, feels that education can be “the great equalizer, providing children from impoverished areas the opportunity to succeed.” However, Dr. Tine notes that the gap in academic achievement between poor and affluent students “is the widest it’s been in fifty years, and it persists across grade levels.” Dr. Tine and her team at Dartmouth’s Poverty and Learning Lab (PLL) are working to close that achievement gap by (1) identifying cognitive processes that underlie the academic achievement gap between poor and affluent students and (2) creating efficacious research-based academic interventions for students from low-income families. The Alliance caught up with Dr. Tine to ask her about her lab, her work, and her efforts to make teaching more effective for historically underserved young people.

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Part Two: Five Things Parents Need to Know About School Discipline

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October 11, 2016 09:55 am

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As noted in part one of this blog, schools use a variety of preventive and responsive measures to ensure students’ physical safety. Creating a safe learning environment requires more than protecting students from outside threats, though. Students need to feel welcomed, supported, and respected, and policies that impact traditionally underserved students disproportionately, such as criminalizing student misbehavior, undercut efforts to build a nurturing school climate. Consequently, “[a]ll efforts to increase actual safety as well as perceptions of safety must take into account the impact of disciplinary actions,” according to The School Discipline Consensus Report (SDCR) developed by The Council of State Governments Justice Center. Here are five more things parents need to know about school discipline and creating safe and inclusive learning environments:

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