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March 03, 2015 01:15 pm
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Core of the Matter: What Does “Equity and Excellence for All” Mean? (#CoreMatters)

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When I came across the above image on Twitter, it reminded me of a question I was constantly asked during my years as a high school social studies teacher and as an education advocate working with students, parents, and community organizers fighting for education and social justice on and off Capitol Hill: “What is equity in education and what does it look like?”

Often times, people confuse “equality” with “equity.” I hear retorts such as, “Every child has an equal opportunity for a good education, if only they’ll work hard.” “If my kids can be successful, why can’t those kids do it?” Read Entire Post

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College & Career Readiness, Common Core, Common Core Equity Series, Common Core State Standards, Equity
Posted: March 03, 2015 01:00 pm

Afternoon Announcements: Assessments Roll Out For School Districts

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March 03, 2015 01:00 pm
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As testing rolls out in many U.S. public schools, some of the state’s largest districts have switched to paper exams, fearing technology glitches could create headaches for students and teachers alike. eSchoolNews

Many students were allowed to bring their cell phones into New York City school buildings Monday, marking the end of a longtime city policy that had grown increasingly unpopular among parents, students, and even some teachers. Chalkbeat NY

Compass Learning recently announced more than 800 new digital learning activities that feature new multimedia and tech-enhanced question types that align to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC). eSchoolNews

Students frustrated over a new standardized test walked out of schools around New Mexico in protest Monday as the new exam was being given. The Associated Press

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Posted: March 02, 2015 11:45 am

Morning Announcements: House Fails to Vote on NCLB Rewrite

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March 02, 2015 11:45 am
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House Republicans decided not to vote Friday on their proposed rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, the Student Success Act, after House leadership struggled to lock down support for the what is considered a very conservative bill. It’s possible the setback might hinder congress from reauthorizing the education law  at all this session.

Through the Manhood Development Program, small cohorts of African-American boys with a variety of academic-success levels meet with 18 certified black male instructors recruited from various segments of the community to discuss character development, history, and other topics in regular, credit-bearing classes. Education Week

A new wave of standardized exams, designed to assess whether students are learning in step with the Common Core, is sweeping the country, arriving this week in classrooms in several states. Despite some opposition, many parents who are skeptical of the tests are likely to have their children go ahead and take them. The New York Times

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Posted: February 27, 2015 11:00 am

Morning Announcements: House Scheduled to Vote on NCLB Rewrite

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February 27, 2015 11:00 am
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The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.” House Republican leadership was working Thursday evening to figure out whether there are enough votes to pass their proposed rewrite of No Child Left Behind, several GOP aides and lawmakers said. The House is scheduled for a final vote on Friday.

According to many teachers, experts and advocates of the Common Core, traditional curriculum sources haven’t been meeting the demands of the new set of math and English standards that have been rolled out in more than 40 states in the past few years. More and more teachers are scrapping off-the-shelf lessons and writing new curriculum materials themselves. The Hechinger Report

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Posted: February 26, 2015 01:30 pm

Afternoon Announcements: House Prepares to Vote on NCLB

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February 26, 2015 01:30 pm
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Congress is working toward a long-overdue rewrite of the high-profile and often controversial federal K-12 education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Here’s what to keep in mind as the House takes up floor debate on a mostly GOP version Wednesday and as Senate committee leaders work toward crafting a bipartisan proposal. The Christian Science Monitor

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out this column in The Hechinger Report from Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance, in which he discusses how the pending rewrite of NCLB should be used to help schools and not punish those who benefit most from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Bills to repeal the Common Core have been introduced in 19 states so far this year, down slightly from the 22 states that considered such a step last year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. So far, they’ve fared poorly. Politico

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Posted: February 25, 2015 12:35 pm

#EdTech Perspectives: Getting Started with Flipped Learning – One Lesson at a Time

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February 25, 2015 12:35 pm
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This guest blog post comes from Helen Lazzaro, a Consultant for the  Flipped Learning Network. This blog appears as part of the Alliance’s Digital Learning Day Blog Series. Digital Learning Day 2015 takes place March 13.


On Digital Learning Day, Friday, March 13, 2015, experienced flipped learning educators in twelve countries will open their classroom doors to showcase active engaged learning in student-centered learning environments. You are invited to attend one of these events! (Some sites are hosting on other dates).

Experience flipped educators in 36 classrooms (representing 12 countries and 15 U.S. states) are opening their classroom doors on Digital Learning Day or during the week so other teachers, administrators, students, parents and the press can experience a flipped classroom first hand. To sign-up to attend a hosting school near you, click here.

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Posted: February 25, 2015 12:30 pm

Afternoon Announcements: Website Details How Twitter Discusses the Common Core

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February 25, 2015 12:30 pm
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A team made up of participants from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, the University of California in San Diego and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Madrid, Spain have developed an interactive Web site that tells the story of the Common Core debate as it plays out over Twitter. THE Journal

The Maine Department of Education will suspend the A-F school grading system this year because students are taking a new assessment test and the state will not have enough data to measure their progress, education officials said Monday. Portland Press Herald

In a few short years, technology has become a major component of K-12 education. Some are asking whether we should be rethinking not just how kids learn, but what they learn, and what skills will be needed in a rapidly changing world. Terri Schwartzbeck, senior digital outreach associate at the Alliance and others discuss exploring the promise and peril of technology and education. The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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Posted: February 24, 2015 01:45 pm

#EdTech Perspectives: School District Networks – Five Tips on Getting the Best Deal

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February 24, 2015 01:45 pm
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This guest blog was written by EducationSuperHighway, an organization focused on upgrading the Internet infrastructure in K–12 public schools.This blog appears as part of the Alliance’s Digital Learning Day Blog Series. Digital Learning Day 2015 takes place March 13.


Digital learning in the classroom is only possible if schools have robust, high-speed broadband first. In order to make this happen, many school districts will need to plan for a network upgrade project. As with all district-wide initiatives, superintendents and district leaders play a critical role in ensuring the success of network upgrades. With this in mind, EducationSuperHighway created Network Essentials for Superintendents, a guide to help district leaders accomplish successful network upgrades.

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Posted: February 24, 2015 01:00 pm

Afternoon Announcements: ED Secretary Duncan Voices Concern Over NCLB Rewrite

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February 24, 2015 01:00 pm
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As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Congress and the White House on Monday inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education. Education Secretary Arne Duncan blasted House Republicans’ efforts to rewrite the law, saying that the bill — which is expected to pass easily along party lines — would be “devastating” for minority children in the nation’s poorest schools and school districts.

The D.C. Public School District has seen student proficiency levels jump in math and reading in several schools in recent years. Part of their success has hinged on the way teachers are using blended learning in the classroom. eSchoolNews

Suspension rates dropped for many of the nation’s school districts — including some in the Washington region — but U.S. students still lost about 18 million days of instruction to out-of-school punishments in the 2011-2012 school year, according to research released Monday. The Washington Post

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Posted: February 23, 2015 11:45 am

Morning Announcements: FLOTUS Calls Education The ‘Most Important Civil Rights Issue’

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February 23, 2015 11:45 am
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First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday called education the “single most important” civil rights issue facing the country and pleaded with young people to make going to school a priority, even if all they have is a “bad school.” The Associated Press

A new report from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA  examines the discipline gap in public schools, highlighting the individual states and districts with the most egregious discipline records, and estimates 18 million days of lost instruction in just one year.

Many Americans are confused about the Common Core, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions what curriculum the standards actually cover in public schools. The Washington Post

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Posted: February 20, 2015 01:50 pm

From Social Butterfly to Social Justice: One Student’s Journey Through a Linked Learning Pathway

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February 20, 2015 01:50 pm
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The following guest blog was written by Angelica Venegas, a graduating senior enrolled in a Linked Learning pathway at Millikan High School in Long Beach, California.


I wasn’t always that great of a student. Looking at the number of colleges I’ve applied to and the many extracurricular activities I’m involved in as a senior at Millikan High School in Long Beach, CA might make someone think otherwise. I’m happy to be a part of Millikan’s Linked Learning PEACE Academy. But flashback to middle school, and my story’s a little different.

Socially those years were great, but I could have done better academically. Lucky for me I was smart and had AVID to keep me on track. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a school-based program that helps students prepare for college.  When 8th grade happened—it was just terrible. I fell under peer pressure and got kicked out of my middle school three months before promoting on to high school. But then came Millikan and the PEACE Linked Learning Academy.

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