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March 17, 2015 01:30 pm
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Core of the Matter: Keeping Up the Pace with Common Core (#CoreMatters)

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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 Erica L. Williams, a Math Instructional Resource Teacher at John Hanson Middle School in Waldorf, Maryland.


The development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is not this country’s first attempt at redefining excellence. From the industrial revolution to the first walk on the moon, we have strived to become global leaders by developing nationwide pioneers. Now, with new educational standards, the question is will these ambitions last? Will our desires to nurture generations of critical thinkers withstand the harsh realities of political agendas, societal pressures, and the economic twists and turns that often influence educational reform? Within the walls of schools across America are vibrant hues of hope that I believe will flourish only if we prepare to face the challenges that come with transforming decades of aspirations into reality. Read Entire Post

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College & Career Readiness, Common Core, Common Core Equity Series, Common Core State Standards, Equity
Posted: March 27, 2015 12:45 pm

Afternoon Announcements: TN School Pilots Putting a Great Teacher in Charge of Many Classrooms

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March 27, 2015 12:45 pm
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A stack of research suggests that all the classroom technology in the world can’t compare to the power of a great teacher. And, since we haven’t yet figured out how to clone our best teachers, a few schools around the country are trying something like it: Stretching them across multiple classrooms. NPR

As the debate over the Common Core State Standards has escalated of recent, a handful of influential leaders have perpetuated myths and misleading information about the Standards. The end result? It’s hard for many to square with the reality that the standards were developed by governors and state education leaders. In a recent article, The Associated Press attempts to separate fact from the many fictions.

Seven Tennessee school districts have sued state officials over what they say is inadequate school funding. The Washington Post

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Posted: March 25, 2015 11:45 am

Morning Announcements: Real World Job Training Being Revived in High Schools

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March 25, 2015 11:45 am
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As a movement to reform high school gains momentum around the country, vocational education is being revived. New models are seeking to change the reputation of career and technical classes as dumping grounds for the students who can’t make it in the academic track. The Hechinger Report

Almost immediately after a draft of the newly proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act legislation began to circulate Monday, some people said it did not alleviate all of the concerns in efforts to update federal data privacy law. The Hechinger Report

You can add 13 retired generals and admirals from Tennessee to the list of K-12 educators, school superintendents, college presidents and others asking the state legislature to hold off on removing the Common Core State Standards. Chalkbeat TN

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Posted: March 24, 2015 01:45 pm

Afternoon Announcements: Sec. Duncan Writes, ‘All Kids Deserve an Equal Chance to Succeed’

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March 24, 2015 01:45 pm
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In an op-ed for The Hill, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote that every child in America deserves an equal opportunity to succeed, and that such an opportunity can be made possible by including ‘common-sense measures’ in the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) . Co-authored with Mark Morial, president of the National Urban League, and Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, Duncan’s editorial states, “We firmly believe Congress can reach bipartisan agreement on a bill that upholds the promise of equitable opportunity, for children all across the nation.”

The Vista Unified School District was one of four districts in the country spotlighted last week during the Alliance for Excellent Education’s fourth annual Digital Learning Day for its efforts in demonstrating how technology can improve student achievement. U-T San Diego

Hispanic Americans are not meeting the economic, educational, and healthcare successes of other ethnic group peers due to inadequate broadband internet access, according to a recent study by The Hispanic Institute. eSchoolNews

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Posted: March 23, 2015 12:45 pm

Building a STEM Pathway: Xavier University of Louisiana’s Summer Science Academy

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March 23, 2015 12:45 pm
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For the first time in history, minority students make up the majority of students in U.S. public schools, but continue to lag behind their white peers in the number of degrees earned in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. On February 19, the Alliance hosted an event in its new conference and advocacy center to discuss the Summer Science Academy at Xavier University of Louisiana, which continues to rank first nationally in the number of African American students who earn STEM degrees and first nationally in the number who go on to complete medical school.

Dr. Norman Francis, president of Xavier and Recipient of the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom, said during the webinar, “Our Summer Academy was born on the principle that everybody is special and can learn in a loving and caring environment where achievement really is virtue that needs nourished. Every child can learn if they are given the opportunity and have teachers who believe in them.”   

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Achievement Gap, College & Career Readiness, Equity, High School Dropout Rates, High School Graduation Rates, High School Reform, Louisiana, STEM
Posted: March 23, 2015 12:38 pm

Afternoon Announcements: Technology is “Changing the Game” in U.S. Classrooms

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March 23, 2015 12:38 pm
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Technology has changed our lives drastically over the course of the last 20 years. But in what way is technology being used to transform the classrooms of today into the learning centers of tomorrow? Last week, Kamila Thigpen, Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Alliance for Excellent Education joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss how tech is changing the game in classrooms across America.

In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act which would place constraints on how education technology companies use or disclose students’ personal information. The New York Times

At the White House Science Fair on Monday, President Barack Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the number of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math education. Associated Press

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Posted: March 20, 2015 01:00 pm

Deeper Learning: Challenging Work is Essential to Deep Learning

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March 20, 2015 01:00 pm
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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a bi-weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all deeper learning news. Please be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter for more on deeper learning.


In the forthcoming book, Teaching in a Flat World, Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, and Linda Darling-Hammond, director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) exam the of policies in Finland, Ontario, and Singapore, and the United States, offering lessons for strengthening instructional quality in efforts to help school systems improve their teacher workforce by drawing important lessons from nations with high-performing educational systems. Rothman writes “These lessons can apply to any state that is serious about strengthening instructional quality. Educators and policy makers might want to look beyond the U.S. borders for ideas.” Learning Deeply

In the March 10 webinar, “Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core State Standards” The Alliance’s Robert Rothman was joined by Bob Lenz, Justin Wells, Tiana Alba, and Kaleb Lawson to explore how innovative schools can use performance assessment and project-based learning to transform education and improve learning for all students, taking a look at a highly effective school network that has demonstrated how a new approach can enable all students to graduate from high school and succeed in college.

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Assessments, Blended Learning, College & Career Readiness, Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest, High School Reform, Secondary School Improvement, Teachers & Leaders
Posted: March 19, 2015 11:25 am

Morning Announcements: DLDay ‘A True Testament to Incredible Innovation, Leadership’

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March 19, 2015 11:25 am
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Roughly 2,000 Digital Learning Day celebrations were held across the country and the globe, with over 500,000 students, educators, and community leaders participating, a true testament to the incredible innovation, leadership, and transformation happening 365 days a year in schools, libraries and youth programs. Virtual School Meanderings

After four years of development, new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards are debuting in schools. Despite uncertainties by some, others in education policy say they’re confident that these tests will be a marked improvement over the ones they’ve replaced. The Hechinger Report

In a recent speech at the National Urban League’s Legislative Conference in D.C., Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talked about new federal data showing 23 states spend less per student in poor districts than in wealthy ones. Duncan said evidence that schools are improving, and the evidence that wide inequities still exist – demands that congress act and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Posted: March 18, 2015 11:52 am

Morning Announcements: Graduation Gap Between Minority and White Students is Closing, Says New Data

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March 18, 2015 11:52 am
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New data shows some positive signs in ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed, no matter their zip code. Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the graduation rates for American Indian, black, and Hispanic students increased by nearly four percentage points over two years, outpacing the growth for all students. Homeroom – Official Blog of The Department of Education

Tech-led school turnarounds are notoriously tricky. How did Daisy Dyer Duerr, the principal of tiny St. Paul High School in northwestern Arkansas manage to pull it off? Duerr and St. Paul High School math teacher Lendy Eaton explained at Alliance’s Digital Learning Day on March 13 how it’s possible to take even the smallest school district into the digital age. The Hechinger Report

Last week, communities and schools across the country were gearing up for Digital Learning Day. For some teachers, digital learning is helping them tackle some of the biggest problems they face in the classroom—and the ones students will face once they leave it. edSurge

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Posted: March 17, 2015 02:15 pm

Linked Learning: The Next Generation High School

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March 17, 2015 02:15 pm
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Last fall the Alliance for Excellent Education and several federal policymakers had the good fortune to visit with students, staff, and community members at Monache High School and Harmony Magnet Academy in Porterville, California. Both schools, through the leadership of Porterville Unified School District’s superintendent, Dr. John Snavely, are implementing the Linked Learning approach to prepare students equally for college and a career upon high school graduation. Linked Learning has fundamentally transformed the way the City of Porterville and the surrounding region do business, and the results are compelling. So compelling that a number of districts in Tulare County and neighboring Kings County have joined together to implement Linked Learning broadly across the region. As Congress works to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it would be wise for it to take a few lessons from Porterville and other districts across California that are implementing Linked Learning.

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California, Career & Technical Education, College & Career Readiness, Linked Learning
Posted: March 16, 2015 02:00 pm

Afternoon Announcements: The Fourth Annual Digital Learning Day Features National Leaders, Local Districts’ Innovations

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March 16, 2015 02:00 pm
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NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and PBS NewsHour Education Correspondent and filmmaker John Merrow played key roles in the fourth annual Digital Learning Day Friday, which featured national leaders in education technology, as well as school leaders, teachers and students from four innovative school districts. THE Journal

The Alliance for Excellent Education has recently released a free online tool that aims to help school districts assess learning outcomes. Dubbed as ‘Future Ready Interactive Planning Dashboard’, the tool is designed to implement digital learning that combines educational technology with quality teaching. iSchoolGuide

Currently, 99 percent of America’s K-12 public schools and libraries are somehow connected to the web, in large part thanks to the Federal Communications Commission’s congressionally mandated “E-Rate” program. However, while that progress deserves merit, merely having some sort of Internet connection is an outdated standard. The Atlantic

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