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July 15, 2014 10:19 am
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Core of the Matter: New Opportunities for Success for Native Students (#CoreMatters)

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For five years, an Oglala Sioux child flourished in school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Teachers labeled her gifted, a leader, and confident in every subject.  The student was proud of herself, her heritage, and her community.  Then, for reasons beyond her family’s control, she and her family abruptly relocated to Washington, DC.

She entered her new school mid-year feeling academically confident and secure, ready to make friends and continue to be a leader.  She soon discovered, however, that students in rural areas react differently to various activities and societal pressures than students in cities.  She noticed her initial struggle to answer questions as quickly and competitively as the other students, confused by the aggressive shouting of an answer to get attention.  She often went home frustrated, unable to understand why her peers acted in particular ways regarding classroom behavior and peer-to-peer interaction.

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Achievement Gap, Common Core Equity Series, Common Core State Standards, Equity
Posted: July 29, 2014 11:50 am

Morning Annoucements: July 29, 2014

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July 29, 2014 11:50 am
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Report: 31 Million Americans have college credits, but no college degree


Research from the National Student Clearinghouse shows there are more than 31 million Americans with accumulated credits who quit college before graduating. Experts say helping these students finish could boost education rates. The Hechinger Report

Plaintiffs in the New York suit on teacher tenure say they are looking for change so that ‘the teachers in classrooms really want to teach children.’ NPR

A new report from the Policy Analysis for California Education concluded that California’s deteriorating mentoring program for new teachers will leave future educators incoherent and inconsistent beginning teacher policies.

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s latest report on how crucial peer mentoring is to ‘Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning.’

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Posted: July 28, 2014 12:18 pm

Afternoon Announcements: July 28, 2014

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July 28, 2014 12:18 pm
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 Students’ in Maryland’s largest school system to receive 40,000 laptops and tablets


Montgomery County, MD Board of Education has given the go-ahead for the purchase of 40,000 laptops and tablets for students in Maryland’s largest school system as part of a major technology initiative. The Washington Post

A group of seven families are slated to file a complaint with the New York State court today in relation to what they deem are unconstitutional teacher tenure laws. ChalkBeat NY

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) research suggests principals in some countries vastly overestimate the poverty level of their students, which negatively correlates with student math achievement. The Hechinger Report

New York City Department of Education data show that in cases it filed in the past two school years, arbitrators terminated 40 educators for egregious transgressions or poor performance and suspended 19. The Wall Street Journal

Parent Coalition for Student Privacy (PCSP) is calling for strengthened FERPA legislation and more parent involvement in school decisions about privacy practices. edSurge

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Posted: July 25, 2014 01:09 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Words of encouragement can improve students’ academic performance

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July 25, 2014 01:09 pm
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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a 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.


A teacher struggles with the tension between depth and breadth in the curriculum. Learning Deeply

In West Philadelphia, The Workshop School is giving students from the city’s most troubled high schools the chance to engage in workshops and experiments in the not-so-ordinary classroom. NPR

A two-month study into mindset interventions, conducted by the Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS) suggests words of encouragement can improve students’ academic performance. edSurge

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Posted: July 25, 2014 12:57 pm

Afternoon Announcements: July 25, 2014

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July 25, 2014 12:57 pm
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Going inside the classroom for a first hand experience with Common Core curriculum


Fourth graders can adequately demonstrate their writing ability on computer-based tests, according to a new study released Thursday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, clearing the way for more testing in technological format. PR Newswire

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the blog from the Alliance’s Robert Rothman on the importance of adequate assessment testing.

What does the Common Core State Standards look and sound like in the classroom? NPR

A new report from the Center for American Progress studied the salaries of teachers throughout the U.S. in relation to turnover rates and that of other countries and suggests little growth in a teacher salary over time. Check out what the study concluded: Center for American Progress

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Posted: July 24, 2014 01:36 pm

Afternoon Announcements: July 24, 2014

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July 24, 2014 01:36 pm
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A California court rules on privacy and teacher performance ratings


Common Core State Standards across the country: Where is it implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store? NPR

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday. The LA Times

The Oregon Department of Education is siding with part of a Portland School Board, saying it’s too soon to use the new student the new Common Core State Standard test result to evaluate teachers, but it’s not too soon to use for schools and school districts. The Oregonian

The Anne E. Casey Foundation recently released its 2014 Data Book: State Trends In Child Well-Being, which attempts to rank states based on factors such as student proficiency in math and reading, preschool enrollment, and graduation rates. Click the link to view the data book and see where your state ranks. Data Book: State Trends In Child Well-Being

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Posted: July 23, 2014 01:33 pm

Afternoon Annoucements July 23, 2014

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July 23, 2014 01:33 pm
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Can the Common Core standards solve America’s math problem?


The Common Core State Standards could fix the historic mathematics lag in U.S. schools, but it will take proper training for teachers and adequate implementation. The New York Times

A group of parents, teachers and a foundation that runs charter schools filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal lacks the authority to withdraw his state from the Common Core national academic standards.   The Washington Post

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) are slated to introduce legislation Wednesday that will authorize funding for public K-12 schools that bring together various educational and social service programs. Real Clear Education

President Obama announced new executive actions and signing new workforce investment legislation that reauthorizes a federal law to provides states and municipalities with money for post-secondary education job training. Inside Higher Ed

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Posted: July 21, 2014 02:13 pm

Alliance Report on Teacher Attrition Highlighted Across Education News

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July 21, 2014 02:13 pm
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The Alliance’s new report  On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers released July 17, was a major topic of discussion following a panel briefing and webinar. Check out the articles below featuring the report’s state-by-state attrition costs and the comprehensive induction programs to improve teaching effectiveness and retention:


‘“Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year,” reads a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. And this kind of turnover comes at a steep cost, not only to students but to districts: up to $2.2 billion a year.’ NPR

‘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 quit. Researchers estimate that over 1 million teachers move in and out of schools annually, and between 40 and 50 percent quit within five years.’ The Hechinger Report

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Posted: July 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Afternoon Announcements July 21, 2014

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July 21, 2014 12:29 pm
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Obama’s initiative to improve education outcomes for male students of color grows


President Obama will announce today that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation. The New York Times

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hired an expert in urban education to help improve the outcomes for African American boys in D.C. Public Schools. The Washington Post

Large numbers of new teachers and teachers getting ready to retire have left a gap of experienced classroom instructors in Arizona’s public schools. Arizona Daily Star

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s latest report on teacher attrition and retention.

Montgomery County, MD schools add Ps to student report cards – focusing more on ‘Performance and Progress’ as the Common Core State Standards hit schools. The Washington Post

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Posted: July 16, 2014 12:41 pm

Afternoon Announcements July 16, 2014

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July 16, 2014 12:41 pm
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Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal


Prince George’s County, MD will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt in the United States. The Washington Post

Schools and districts in metropolitan areas such as Washington, Houston and Miami have seen an uptick in the number of children and teens coming unaccompanied across the border, with more anticipated to enroll this fall. Business Week

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the state’s public schools. Deseret News

Mississippi State Senator David Blount (D–Jackson), calls funding public schools a “constitutional obligation.” The Hechinger Report

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Posted: July 14, 2014 12:49 pm

Afternoon Announcements July 14, 2014

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July 14, 2014 12:49 pm
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 FCC vote to modernized E-Rate is a major victory for students and schools


The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 3-2 vote to modernization eRate is major win for students and schools when it comes to WiFi availability.  eSchoolNews

In Mississippi, a technology access gap only compounds the state’s most persistent educational problems as poor school districts struggle to adapt to educational technology. The Hechinger Report Luckily for students and districts, the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to modernize eRate means equal access to the internet for even the poorest areas.

States like Oklahoma and South Carolina which have opted out of the Common Core State Standards face the prospect of less time to create new academic standards, something that could greatly effect students. Education Week

This weekend, the National Governors Association’s three-day meeting saw Common Core discussion from governors on both sides of implementing the standards. The Huffington Post

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