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March 13, 2017 12:00 pm
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Personalized Learning Empowers Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning

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Riverside, California, has a reputation for forward thinking and has received national recognition for its use of technology. So, it is not surprising that a community that calls itself “the city of arts and innovation” has adopted a pioneering approach to classroom instruction.

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Posted: March 03, 2017 02:30 pm

Leading for Literacy: Creating a Culture of Literacy in Schools

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March 03, 2017 02:30 pm
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The following blog post was written by Ruth Schoenbach and Cynthia Greenleaf, co-directors of the WestEd Strategic Literacy Initiative. The opinions expressed in this blog post are theirs and should not be taken to represent the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The majority of our middle and high school students struggle to read and understand complex texts. This has consequences that reverberate far beyond the classroom. Poor literacy skills not only add to students dropping out of school or graduating from high school unprepared for the demands of college and work, they also diminish the ability of citizens to evaluate information critically, affecting many aspects of civic life including our very democracy.

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Posted: March 01, 2017 09:17 am

In Joint Address to Congress, President Trump Calls for Education Bill Funding School Choice for Disadvantaged Youth

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March 01, 2017 09:17 am
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In last night’s speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump called on Congress to “pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African American and Latino children.”

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Posted: February 16, 2017 01:42 pm

The Best Tool for Personalization Might Be Sitting Right Next to You

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February 16, 2017 01:42 pm
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The following blog post was written by Drew Schrader, director of assessment for New Tech Network (NTN). The opinions expressed in this blog post are Drew’s and should not be taken to represent the Alliance for Excellent Education.

We often assume an awful lot about the 20 percent of students that fall into the highest performing group in conventional instruction and an awful lot more about those that never do. What if a majority of students’ ability to learn at high levels has nothing to do with those assumptions but could be determined at an instructional design level?

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Posted: February 14, 2017 11:20 am

State of the State Addresses: Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Alabama

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February 14, 2017 11:20 am
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In the most recent round of state of the state addresses, the nation’s governors have touted increased spending on education, as well as efforts to better prepare high schools students for college and the workforce, including investments in career and technical education, greater linkages between high schools and employers, and free community college for all. In the post below, we examine education proposals contained in the state of the state addresses from the governors of Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Alabama.

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Posted: February 10, 2017 01:39 pm

Federal Flash: Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary, Plus ESSA Activity in the U.S. House and E-rate at the Federal Communications Commission

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February 10, 2017 01:39 pm
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It’s been quite a week for federal education policy. Betsy DeVos is the new U.S. Secretary of Education and there was important action affecting education in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Federal Communications Commission.

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Posted: February 10, 2017 12:30 pm

State Education Chiefs Have a “Moral Imperative” to Support Education Equity, According to New CCSSO Report

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February 10, 2017 12:30 pm
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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grants states new flexibility for how they improve students’ academic outcomes, and that flexibility offers states a unique opportunity to create more equitable education systems. Consequently, chief state school officers must play a central role in advancing educational equity for all students, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

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Posted: February 09, 2017 02:35 pm

The Future of Future Ready Schools®

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February 09, 2017 02:35 pm
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Many have asked about the future of Future Ready Schools®, which was launched by President Obama in 2014 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. The short answer is that the future of Future Ready Schools is extremely bright.

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Posted: February 03, 2017 04:30 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Getting the Student Perspective

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February 03, 2017 04:30 pm
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Understanding the student experience in school is critical to adults who are working in education, writes Devon Young, community lead at the K12 Lab Network in the Stanford University d.school. One way to accomplish this goal is to shadow a student, a “hack” or small experiment that can lead to big change. Born out of School Retool, the Shadow a Student Challenge is a hack to help school leaders understand the student experience.

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