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August 18, 2015 12:51 pm
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Core of the Matter: Using the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards to Take the Classroom Experience to a Broader, More Authentic Audience (#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 Rod Powell,  a National Board Certified Teacher from Mooresville High School in Mooresville, North Carolina.

I’m always searching for ways to make my classroom more meaningful for my students, particularly those from low-income families and those of color. I’ve seen the need to go beyond simply transmitting information to my students. My students must learn how to learn. In a rapidly changing, technology-fueled world, it is not enough for me to play the role of the traditional teacher, imparting my knowledge. I have to be a coach who helps my students manage rapidly changing information, jobs, and social conditions. My students, in some ways, are wise beyond their years. They understand the evolving numbers game centered on performance on standardized tests and are hungry for a classroom that has meaning and relevance.

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Common Core Equity Series, Common Core State Standards
Posted: August 25, 2015 04:08 pm

Putting California’s School Districts on the Path Toward Meaningful Digital Learning

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August 25, 2015 04:08 pm
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The following is a guest blog post from Devin Vodicka, superintendent of Vista Unified School District (Vista, CA) and Gabe Soumakian is superintendent of Oxnard Union High School District (Oxnard, CA).

Technology has revolutionized nearly every aspect of life, but its potential to improve academic outcomes and equalize educational opportunities for all students remains largely untapped. Implementing technology appropriately in schools, however, takes more than simply purchasing laptops or tablets for every student. That’s why superintendents from more than forty-five school districts in the region converged on Southern California earlier this month for a “Future Ready Schools” summit.

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Digital Learning, Future Ready
Posted: August 21, 2015 04:39 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: So You Think Deeper Learning Needs More Celebrities?

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August 21, 2015 04:39 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. If you can’t wait for your deeper learning fix, follow @deeperlearning on Twitter for more frequent updates.

Students need to be prepared for all of the challenges associated with a global economy, but many increasingly fall short.

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Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: August 13, 2015 01:38 pm

Guest Post: U.S. Senator Patty Murray on Importance of Literacy Education for All Students

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August 13, 2015 01:38 pm
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The following is a guest post from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Murray serves as the Ranking Member on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and has been working with HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind.

As we work in Congress to fix the broken No Child Left Behind law, I have been guided by the principle that every child deserves the opportunity to receive a quality public education, regardless of where they live, how they learn, or how much money their parents make. Literacy is the foundation for all education, so I believe children in every state deserve to have access to high quality literacy education that will give them the reading and writing skills they need to succeed in school and later in life.

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Adolescent Literacy, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Literacy, No Child Left Behind
Posted: August 13, 2015 12:14 pm

Six Lessons Learned from the Future Ready Schools Regional Summits

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August 13, 2015 12:14 pm
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Last week, the superintendents and leadership teams from more than forty school districts gathered in Southern California to share their successes, and challenges, with implementing technology to improve student learning outcomes. The event was the thirteenth in a series of regional summits the Alliance organized nationwide as part of the Future Ready Schools effort. All told, nearly 500 districts participated in these summits and began creating sustainable digital learning plans aligned with instructional best practices.

Having attended many of these summits, I developed a great deal of respect for these school system leaders and the issues they address in the daily management of their districts. As I reflect on their experiences, here are six questions superintendents and their leadership teams should answer as they work to serve the educational needs of all students.

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Data and Privacy, Future Ready
Posted: August 04, 2015 01:34 pm

Core of the Matter: Common Conversations: Thoughts from a Louisiana Student (#CoreMatters)

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August 04, 2015 01:34 pm
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When I tell people I am interested in education policy, they often respond with, “So, what do you think about the Common Core?” I pause, apprehensive to answer what is inevitably a loaded question. Explaining my thoughts on the Common Core requires first explaining why I am interested in education.

I attended high school in one of the highest performing school districts in Louisiana, where I took the most rigorous course of study available and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. Yet, when I arrived at Dartmouth College in 2012, I realized I was not adequately prepared, particularly for college-level math and science.

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Common Core, Common Core Equity Series
Posted: July 28, 2015 03:34 pm

Building a Nation, Building an Economy with STEM Education

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July 28, 2015 03:34 pm
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On July 27, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise addressed 200 STEM education leaders in Orlando, Florida, during the GE Foundation 2015 Summer Conference, “Bridging the Gap: Success for Tomorrow with STEM Skills Today.” The following blog post was inspired by his remarks.

In Singapore, teachers are called “nation builders,” a recognition of the role they play in preparing the leaders and workers who will sustain the country’s economic health and longevity. In an Information Age economy, educators—particularly those who teach the so-called STEM courses of science, technology, engineering, and math—are the main builders of our nation’s economic success.

We’ve all heard concerns about a shortage of STEM skills among our workforce and a lack of qualified STEM workers to meet industry demands. Building the STEM workforce is critically important; but, equally important is building a sustainable base of active consumers.

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Economic Impacts, STEM
Posted: July 24, 2015 03:13 pm

The Daily Dish: White House Summit Honors College Students Who Are “Beating the Odds”

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July 24, 2015 03:13 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


For many students from low-income or traditionally underserved backgrounds, making it to college can be a great challenge. But First Lady Michelle Obama wants those students to know that “Beating the Odds” and achieving education outcomes beyond high school is possible in the face of even the toughest adversity.

On Thursday, Obama hosted some 130 students at the White House as part of her Reach Higher Beating the Odds Summit. As The Washington Post’s Will Greenberg writes, “First lady Michelle Obama’s “Beating the Odds” summit aims to bring together college-bound students from all walks of life so they can focus on expanding educational resources for people like them.”

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Achievement Gap, College & Career Readiness, College Graduation Rates, College Preparation, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: July 23, 2015 02:46 pm

The Daily Dish: Department of Education Announces Tools to Help Educators Rethink Discipline

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July 23, 2015 02:46 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


On Wednesday, The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice asked those in the education system to “Rethink Discipline,” launching a campaign and inviting superintendents, teachers, and principals from across the country to the White House for a day-long conference aimed at tackling school climate issues surrounding disciplinary measures.

“Creating and sustaining safe, supportive schools is absolutely essential to ensuring students can engage in the rich learning experiences they need for success in college, work and life—that’s why rethinking school discipline is critical to boosting student achievement and improving school outcomes,”  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release from the Department of Education. “Today’s conference shows that there are leaders across the country who are committed to doing this work. We are proud to stand as partners with these educators to say that we have to continue to do better for all of our students.”

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Discipline, School Climate, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: July 22, 2015 02:01 pm

Q&A: District Leader Discusses His Schools’ Journey to Becoming #FutureReady

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July 22, 2015 02:01 pm
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The following Q&A features Jason Molesky, executive director of technology and data services at Lake Area Public Schools in Lakeville Minnesota. Mr. Molesky and his district have taken the Future Ready pledge, making a firm commitment to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district’s vision for student learning. The Alliance asked Mr. Molesky about his experience with the Future Ready Initiative.


Alliance for Excellent Education: What is your role in the Lake Area Public Schools district?

Jason Molesky: Currently, I manage our technology, student information system, digital learning, and data management teams. In addition, I coordinate state and federal accountability testing and provide data analysis and program evaluation. I’m fortunate in that my role allows me to work in several of my passions: statistics and data analysis, technology, and digital learning. I have worked in our district since 1998, transitioning from the AP Statistics classroom to district assessment in 2008. Since that time, my role transitioned slowly into its current state in August, 2014.

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Digital Learning, Education Technology, Future Ready, Teachers & Leaders, Technology
Posted: July 22, 2015 02:00 pm

The Daily Dish: Poverty Students Education Outcomes, Health Says New Studies

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July 22, 2015 02:00 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


Children from low-income families face many difficulties in their young lives, from adequate access to health care, proper nutrition, and high-quality schools and teachers. All of these factors, plus many more, present a huge challenge to their pursuit of an education. As Education Week’s Caralee Adams noted Tuesday, a new report from ACT, Inc. finds that just 11 percent of low-income high school graduates who took the ACT in 2014 met all four of ACT’s benchmarks for achievement.  Education Week’s Catherine Gewertz called the figure a reminder of how much support these students need in their academic careers.

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Achievement Gap, Adolescent Literacy, Equity, School Climate, The Daily Dish Blog
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