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Gov. Bob Wise
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September 06, 2016 05:11 pm
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After a Summer of Tragedy, Keeping the Classroom Meaningful

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As students return to their classrooms, there are certain conversations schools must be prepared to have. In the wake of this summer’s tragedies in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and suburban St. Paul and growing racial tensions across the United States, the landscape of both civil rights and education have been altered permanently. In response, schools and communities must find a way to keep the classroom meaningful and relevant to the students who watched these injustices unfold firsthand or across the national media.

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Discipline, School Climate
Posted: September 27, 2016 01:20 pm

ESSA’s “Supplement, Not Supplant,” Continues to Divide Republicans and Democrats Over the Use of Title I Funds

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September 27, 2016 01:20 pm
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Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over “supplement, not supplant,” an esoteric but important provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that governs the use of Title I funds. The most recent debate took place during a September 21 hearing held by the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

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Posted: September 27, 2016 01:12 pm

STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION: House-Passed Bill Would Rewrite Perkins Act, Better Align CTE with Twenty-First-Century Jobs

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September 27, 2016 01:12 pm
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Bipartisan consensus is difficult to achieve—especially with a presidential election right around the corner—but the U.S. House of Representatives did just that on September 13, when it passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by a vote of 405–5. The bill rewrites the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), which provides more than $1.1 billion in federal education funds for middle schools, high schools, and postsecondary education.

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Career & Technical Education
Posted: September 26, 2016 01:15 pm

Part One: Five Things Parents Need to Know About School Safety

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September 26, 2016 01:15 pm
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Last week’s fatal shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte as well as those from this summer in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas expose the tragic consequences that racial bias and poor community-police relationships can have on efforts to keep communities safe. These high-profile incidents highlight what numerous research studies, media investigations, and court rulings already have shown—that a person’s race often influences the experience he or she has with authorities.

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Discipline, School Climate
Posted: September 16, 2016 01:42 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Increased Focus on Deeper Learning Approaches

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September 16, 2016 01:42 pm
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During the next two to three years, the education community increasingly will focus on deeper learning approaches, according to the 2016 K–12 Horizon Report developed by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). The annual report shares trends, changes, and important developments in education technology and is meant to aid school leaders with their strategic technology planning. According to the report, more school communities will emphasize critical thinking, collaboration, and self-directed learning, allowing students to understand how their education fits into their lives through problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning. THE Journal reports: https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/09/15/newest-nmccosn-horizon-k12-report-emphasizes-kids-as-creators.aspx.

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Career & Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: September 13, 2016 09:34 pm

White House Holds Second Annual Summit on Next-Generation High Schools; Alliance Plays Key Role

Alliance for Excellent Education staff at the Second Annual White House Summit on Next-Generation High Schools
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September 13, 2016 09:34 pm
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On September 12, U.S. Secretary of Education John King; Cecilia Muñoz, assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; and other senior Obama administration officials joined state and school district leaders, educators, philanthropists, students, parents, and others during the second annual “White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools” to share efforts to transform the high school experience and better personalize learning for all students. The Alliance for Excellent Education staff (shown in picture above) played a key role by leading a breakout session on personalized learning and technology and preparing toolkits for school leaders on how to use the Every Student Succeeds Act to transform their high schools, particularly for traditionally underserved students.

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High School Reform
Posted: September 12, 2016 03:36 pm

Help Wanted: Schools Need More than 900,000 Teachers of Color to Keep Up with Growing Student Diversity

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September 12, 2016 03:36 pm
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The number of teachers of color in the public schools has doubled since the 1980s, but that growth in teacher diversity has not kept pace with the growing diversity of K–12 students. Although states and local school districts have invested substantially in efforts to hire and retain more teachers of color, recruitment and retention strategies alone are insufficient to close the growing “diversity gap” between the proportion of teachers and students of color in the nation’s schools, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution and the National Council on Teacher Quality. Instead of focusing solely on the current teacher workforce, efforts to diversify the teaching profession must build the future workforce as well by increasing college graduation rates for students of color and convincing more of those college graduates to become teachers, the report explains.

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Teachers & Leaders
Posted: September 07, 2016 04:00 pm

IN MEMORIAM: Alliance for Excellent Education Cofounder Lilo Leeds 1928 – 2016

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September 07, 2016 04:00 pm
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It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Lilo Leeds on Sunday, September 4. A strong and unrelenting advocate for children, Lilo cofounded the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) in 2001 with her husband Gerard “Gerry” Leeds, who passed away in 2014.

Like her husband, Lilo was a committed and passionate advocate for traditionally underserved children. In addition to the Alliance, Lilo and Gerry founded the Institute for Student Achievement, Schott Foundation for Public Education, and other initiatives that advocate for students of color, students from low-income families, and other traditionally underserved children.

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Posted: September 07, 2016 02:35 pm

A “Softer” Side to Deeper Learning: Building Students’ Social-Emotional Skills

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September 07, 2016 02:35 pm
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The concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) has grown within the education field as a means of preparing students adequately for college and a career. Although the exact definition of SEL varies, SEL generally refers to how students “manage emotions and deal with traumas in order to persist in their academic work.”  SEL is just as important as knowing how to interpret informational text and is a necessary foundation for students to experience deeper learning in the classroom.

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Deeper Learning
Posted: September 02, 2016 09:30 am

Deeper Learning Digest: Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Real World

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September 02, 2016 09:30 am
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As part of the “It’s a Project-Based World” series, Getting Smart and Buck Institute for Education (BIE) released a new paper exploring how growing inequities and the new economy are impacting students, schools, and instructional design, with the goal of highlighting better ways to prepare students for a project-based world. The interactive publication features blogs, podcasts, and videos to bring research and concepts to life. The paper’s authors, Bonnie Lathram, Bob Lenz, and Tom Vander Ark, dive deeper into several key areas to make the case for high-quality project-based learning (PBL), including the following:

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Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: August 26, 2016 12:30 pm

Gov. Wise Celebrates a West Virginia PROMISE

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August 26, 2016 12:30 pm
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This week, Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and current president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the funding of the PROMISE scholarship, signed into law by Wise during his first year as governor. The PROMISE scholarship is a state-sponsored, merit-based scholarship program that enables eligible West Virginia residents to attend any public or private college or university within the state. Wise, West Virginia University (WVU) President Gordon Gee, and several current and former PROMISE recipients gathered on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion and cake-cutting celebration at WVU to mark this milestone anniversary.

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