Webinar Today: College and Career Readiness:What Does It Really Mean?

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May 31, 2011 06:14 pm

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 Part 3: The Practitioner Perspective

When: Today, May 31, 2011, 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

What: This afternoon, the Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting a webinar to discuss the innovative efforts of the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART). Through its partnerships with the Fresno and Clovis Unified School Districts in California, CART successfully provides participating students with an interdisciplinary college- and career-preparatory curricula and project-based experiences that mirror the realities of today’s workplace. When compared to similar students’ results from across the two districts, CART students have achieved impressive results, including higher graduation rates, better achievement outcomes, and higher college participation rates.

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Morning Announcements: May 31, 2011

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May 31, 2011 03:22 pm

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that over a third of students entering college need remedial help and quotes Alliance President Bob Wise as saying, “It’s like a track meet where you have [students] run another lap to get to the start line instead of moving toward the finish line.” On a related note, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Kristen Amundson of Education Sector, writes about remediation problems in Virginia and calls for state legislators to phase out the Virginia Standard Diploma.

The Great Falls Tribune editorial board explains why graduating high school IS a big deal.

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Report Round-Up

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May 27, 2011 02:21 pm

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A Time for Deeper Learning: Preparing Students for a Changing World from theAlliance for Excellent Education. This policy brief argues that deeper learning provides students with the deep content knowledge they need to succeed after high school and the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills that today’s jobs demand.

What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. This report finds that different undergraduate majors result in very different earnings. At the low end, median earnings for Counseling Psychology majors are $29,000, while Petroleum Engineering majors see median earnings of $120,000.

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Alliance Releases New Report on Deeper Learning

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May 26, 2011 06:46 pm

Today the Alliance released a new policy brief calling for policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels to support the concepts of “deeper learning” to help all students meet higher expectations and be prepared for college and career. The brief argues that deeper learning provides students with the deep content knowledge they need to succeed after high school and the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills that today’s jobs demand.

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Stats That Stick: May 25, 2011

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May 25, 2011 09:23 pm

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On average, bachelor’s degrees pay off. But a new study confirms that some undergraduate majors pay off a lot more than others. In fact, the difference in earnings potential between one major and another can be more than 300 percent. In fact, the lifetime advantage ranges from $1,090,000 for Engineering majors to $241,000 for Education majors.
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The median starting salary of students graduating in 2009 and 2010 was 10% lower than the salary received by those who entered the workforce in 2006 and 2007. College educated women continue to earn less than college educated men. –Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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Afternoon Announcements: May 25, 2011

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May 25, 2011 08:21 pm

Education Week reports, “Education Secretary Arne Duncan will divvy up the $700 million in additional Race to the Top money Congress gave him this year between a new contest focused on early education and the nine runners-up that lost in last year’s high-profile state competition.”

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Wondering how school districts used stabilization money? Check out this Education Week story and the graph to the left.

Public schools across the country, struggling with cuts in state funding, rising personnel costs and lower tax revenues, are shifting costs to students and their parents by imposing or boosting fees for everything from enrolling in honors English to riding the bus, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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President Obama Calls for Replacing No Child Left Behind This Year

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May 23, 2011 03:35 pm

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama discusses his recent visit to Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee to deliver the commencement address. The school was the winner of the administration’s 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge and has significantly improved student achievement levels and graduation rates.

In the video, the President talks about the Race to the Top program, saying, “We need to reward the reforms that are driven not by Washington but by principals and teachers and parents. That’s how we will make progress in education; not from the top down but from the bottom up.”

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Morning Announcements: May 23, 2011

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May 23, 2011 02:22 pm

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Two stories from the Associated Press over the weekend on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The first story focuses on President Obama’s weekly radio and Internet address where he called for Congress to send him a rewrite of No Child Left Behind. In the second story, AP reports, “The long-awaited overhaul of the 9-year-old No Child Left Behind law has begun in the House with the first in a series of targeted bills, but a bipartisan, comprehensive reform of the nation’s most important education law still appears far from the finish line.”

Education Week Sean Cavanagh writes about the education reform laws that were passed in many states including the creation or expansion of voucher programs, academic standards, teacher certification, and charter school expansion—in some cases with the backing of both major political parties.

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Upcoming Events and Webinars: Blended Learning, Deeper Learning, and Solutions to the Adolescent Literary Crises

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May 20, 2011 04:48 pm

Next week, the Alliance is hosting two DC-based events and one webinar. For more details, see below:

How Blended Learning Can Help Turn Around Struggling Schools
Tuesday, May 24
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., ET

Resources for the Future, First Floor Conference Center
1616 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Blended learning and the effective use of technology can help turn around struggling schools and improve the graduation and dropout rates while raising student achievement. On May 24, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., ET, the Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting an event to showcase four school districts that demonstrate how digital learning and technology used in a blended-learning environment have played critical roles in turning around their schools.

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