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April 21, 2015 10:14 am
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Core of the Matter: Helping Struggling Secondary Students Find Their Voices Through the 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 Rod Powell,  a National Board Certified Teacher from Mooresville High School in Mooresville, North Carolina.


I love teaching sophomores. They are at times silly, at times reflective, on the cusp of figuring high school out, but always talkative. My students of color and my economically disadvantaged students are largely no different from their peers, except that many of them encounter obstacles beyond their control that hinder their learning—obstacles that might include poverty, low expectations, racism, and/or an unsettled home life. Read Entire Post

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Common Core, Common Core Equity Series, High School Reform, Literacy
Posted: April 27, 2015 02:30 pm

An Inside Look at the Future Ready Movement (#FutureReady)

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April 27, 2015 02:30 pm
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This blog was written by Jennifer L. Scheffer, Certified Google Educator and  Technology Integration Specialist/Mobile Learning Coach for Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, Massachusetts. This post originally appeared on Scheffer’s blog, Make IT Happen: Innovation & Technology in the Classroom.


It was an honor to receive an invitation to attend the Future Ready Summit in Rhode Island and represent Burlington Public Schools as a local area expert. I had the opportunity to share the success of Burlington’s student run Help Desk and talk with school leaders about how they can develop a similar program to support their own 1:1 initiative. I also had the privilege to learn from several exceptional education thought leaders; including Michael Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.

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Education Technology, Future Ready, Future Ready Blog Series, Technology
Posted: April 27, 2015 02:25 pm

The Main Course: Deeper Learning Supports Creativity, the Arts

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April 27, 2015 02:25 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, 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.


Deeper Learning allows educators a way to deliver core content to students in innovative ways while taking into consideration the concepts of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication.  Some would argue that certain gaps in education can be filled by these competencies.

For many, the Common Core State Standards is aiding in filling the need for more complex practices – in arts education. In a Monday article entitled, “Do the arts go hand in hand with Common Core?” The Hechinger Report’s Sara Neufeld explores how the standards’ focus on critical thinking and reasoning skills is helping Brooklyn’s Ascend Charter School network engage its students in the arts.

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Deeper Learning, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 23, 2015 04:20 pm

The Main Course: What Parents Miss When ‘Opting-Out’

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April 23, 2015 04:20 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, 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.


As the school year nears a close, millions of K-12 students are engaging in new standardized assessments. In some states, parents have chosen to opt their students out of the tests aligned with Common Core State Standards. But some argue that parents who remove their students from testing are in fact opting themselves out of the opportunity to be closer to their child’s learning experience.

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Assessments, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 23, 2015 04:09 pm

Let’s Celebrate Great Things in Education!

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April 23, 2015 04:09 pm
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Much of the great work being done in our schools every day by teachers, administrators, school staff, parents and students is unknown to the general public. The exceptional commitment, extraordinary contributions and innovative collaborations among educators around the nation are generally hidden and unrecognized.  Yet, every day, educators are doing great things for the children they serve.

Today, changing conditions, a new culture of transparency, along with the need to share best practices and inspire others is breaking the historical silence among educators.

This year a passionate network of education organizations are working together to encourage educators in every sector of the community to share the stories of the great things happening in our schools.

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Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Quality, Teachers & Leaders
Posted: April 22, 2015 02:30 pm

A Vision of Tomorrow’s Use of Technology in the Classroom

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April 22, 2015 02:30 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story 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-related news.


The use of technology continues to make its way into the day-to-day stream of classroom learning. K–12 students and teachers are familiarizing themselves with iPads, Chromebooks, apps, and programs.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asked in a recent post for Medium, “What can technology do for tomorrow’s children?” Duncan asserts the continued use of technology in the classroom is important to growing student success, and it is critical that the digital divide some schools and school districts face does not keep less-advantaged students from achieving those successes.

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Education Technology, Equity, Technology, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 21, 2015 02:45 pm

The Main Course: Improving Literacy Skills for Struggling Students

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April 21, 2015 02:45 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story 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-related news.

A student’s ability to comprehend and communicate day to day curricula hinders greatly on his or her literacy skills. Fostering strong literacy skills for students is a continued effort of the National Adolescent Literacy Coalition (NALC). On Thursday, April 23, NALC is slated to host its spring forum on Literacy in Changing Times, an opportunity for those interested in discussing “new developments in research, practice, and policy to advance literacy for all adolescents.”

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The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 20, 2015 01:47 pm

The Main Course: #FutureReady Summits Continue in Providence, RI

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April 20, 2015 01:47 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story 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 related news.


Today, we’ve got Ed-Tech on the brain. This week, the Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Summits continue in Providence, Rhode Island. Hosted by West Warwick Public Schools, the two day event marks the fifth of 13 regional summits aimed at helping local districts and superintendents maximize digital learning opportunities in their schools. Last week’s summit in Phoenix, Arizona saw more than 150 school leaders take part in the event focusing on personalized, digital learning.

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Education Technology, Future Ready, Technology, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 17, 2015 01:45 pm

The Main Course: Senate Education Committee Unanimously Passes ESEA Rewrite

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April 17, 2015 01:45 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story 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 related news.

On Thursday, the Senate Education Committee passed the Every Child Achieves Act, a rewrite of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The committee voted 22-0 to approve the legislation after three days of markups and consideration 57 amendments, 29 of which were passed.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn) leadership and his committee’s bipartisan approach, but said there is still much to be done to ensure the bill works for students, schools, and districts that are most in need.

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Elementary & Secondary Education Act, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 17, 2015 12:15 pm

Different Approaches to College- and Career-Readiness

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April 17, 2015 12:15 pm
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The number of schools and districts working to bridge the gap between secondary education and the real world continues to grow. Be it an entire state or one school in a district, the chance to engage real-world job training through career and technical education (CTE) has become more commonplace for high school students.

In a recent article, The Hechinger Report’s Sarah Garland explores the revival of old school training at a new CTE school in Waco, Texas that promises its students an almost unheard of guaranteed job following graduation. Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy enrolls students from 11 surrounding school districts, 60 percent of which are Hispanic, and allows students to study welding, manufacturing and home building – or what some might consider dying professions:

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California, Career & Technical Education, College & Career Readiness, Connected Learning, Linked Learning
Posted: April 17, 2015 10:05 am

Deeper Learning Digest: A Million and One Ways to Learn

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April 17, 2015 10:05 am
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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.


Amid the growing push to reinvent the nation’s public high schools, initiatives that connect students more directly to their individual interests, and tap into their innate motivations, are gaining in popularity. New Hampshire is one of a handful of states at the forefront of efforts to promote flexibility in how students learn and how that knowledge is measured.

What do schools need to transform? According to Carmen Coleman, director of Next Generation Leadership at the Center for Innovation at the University Of Kentucky College Of Education, in order to reimagine learning, schools must – among other things – reimagine the role of leaders.  

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Assessments, Blended Learning, Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
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