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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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Future Ready, Personalized Learning
Posted: November 11, 2016 04:51 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Twenty-First Century Skills

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November 11, 2016 04:51 pm
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Retired Army major general Bill Libby is concerned that many people in his home state of Maine lack skills that employers need. Libby explains how these skills, including communicating effectively, collaborating, and thinking critically, are “of paramount importance in our military, as well as the private sector.” Libby writes about how Maine’s proficiency-based learning model combines traditional academics with practical learning exercises and career and technical education to create deeper learning opportunities for students.

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College & Career Readiness, Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: November 11, 2016 01:49 pm

ESSA Regulations Must Ensure that Every Single Student Matters

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November 11, 2016 01:49 pm
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Since President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) almost one year ago, my former colleagues at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) have been working around the clock to develop regulations that will guide the implementation of this vital civil rights law. The fate of these regulations in light of the election is unknown, but what we do know is that ESSA is a bipartisan, critical civil rights law that must be implemented with fidelity to its underlying purpose: to provide all students with an equitable and excellent education.

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Every Student Succeeds Act, No Child Left Behind
Posted: November 08, 2016 01:09 pm

How Innovative School District Superintendents Are Transforming the High School Experience for Students

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November 08, 2016 01:09 pm
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Recently, fourteen district superintendents met with U.S. Secretary of Education John King at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Their hour-long discussion offered another confirmation that education’s change agents are growing. How quickly and effectively these district leaders receive support will determine our nation’s educational progress.

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High School Reform, Next Generation High Schools, Personalized Learning
Posted: November 07, 2016 11:43 am

Four Elements for Creating a Positive Learning Environment

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November 07, 2016 11:43 am
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For students to learn, they must feel safe, engaged, connected, and supported in their classrooms and schools. These “conditions for learning” are the elements of a school’s climate that students experience personally. They contribute to students’ academic achievement and success and are associated with improved grades and test scores; strong attendance; positive relationships between students, adults, and their peers; and minimal engagement in risky behaviors, according to The School Discipline Consensus Report (SDCR) developed by The Council of State Governments Justice Center. New research also shows that a positive school climate, of which the conditions for learning are a critical part, can narrow achievement gaps.

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School Climate
Posted: October 31, 2016 10:05 am

Science of Learning: Where Student Health and Learning Intersect

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October 31, 2016 10:05 am
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As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (Alliance’s) blog series on the science of learning, the Alliance recently spoke with Olga Acosta Price, an associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at The George Washington University, about the impacts of adolescent health on students’ learning and development. Price also is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, a national resource and technical assistance center committed to building effective school health programs.

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Science of Learning
Posted: October 25, 2016 11:16 am

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High: A Time for Celebration and Rededication

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October 25, 2016 11:16 am
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Speaking on October 17 at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama announced that the nation’s high school graduation rate reached a new all-time high of 83.2 percent for the Class of 2015, up from 82.3 percent last year and 79 percent for the Class of 2011. Even with the progress, Obama acknowledged that more work was necessary.

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High School Graduation Rates
Posted: October 24, 2016 09:26 am

Understanding How Community Violence and Trauma Impact Teens

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October 24, 2016 09:26 am
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Students who entered school this fall were not able simply to enjoy their summer or the start of a new academic year. They, like the rest of us, had to witness a series of violent acts that gained national attention—the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11 on a club in Orlando and high-profile shootings in St. Paul, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Tulsa, and Charlotte—as well as an untold number of additional shootings that affected communities, family members, and friends. Moreover, historically underserved students are more likely to witness and experience violent acts firsthand in their communities and face a greater risk of exposure to violence.

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School Climate, Science of Learning, Students of Color
Posted: October 20, 2016 01:07 pm

Expanding College Access for Traditionally Underserved Students

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October 20, 2016 01:07 pm
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Ninety-nine percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education. Despite this growing demand for workers with education and training beyond high school, the percentage of high school graduates enrolling directly in postsecondary education has declined, particularly among high school graduates from low-income families, according to a new analysis from the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

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Every Student Succeeds Act
Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.