Afternoon Announcements: May 31, 2012

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May 31, 2012 06:26 pm

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The big news at the Alliance today is the release of our latest report, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning. The report details what educators and schools will require to implement genuine teaching practices that are personalized for each student. Digital learning, the report argues, can be a major strategy for enabling teachers to meet varied students’ needs while also supporting necessary cultural shifts in teaching. Alliance President Bob Wise will have some thoughts about the release this afternoon, so watch this space!

Beyond Culture Shift, there are some other interesting bits of news to relay.

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Stats That Stick: May 30, 2012

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May 30, 2012 08:29 pm

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We’re back with another edition of Stats That Stick. Do you have any particularly sticky stats from this week? Leave them for us in the comments!

Number of states that have been approved for a No Child Left Behind Waiver: 17

With yesterday’s approval of eight more NCLB waivers, the number of states who have been awarded flexibility from the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act stands at 17. 26 additional states and the District of Columbia still have pending waiver requests, according to the Associated Press

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Afternoon Announcements: May 30, 2012

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May 30, 2012 07:49 pm

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Welcome to your Wednesday addition of Afternoon Announcements! We hope you’ve recovered by now from this weekend’s festivities because there’s a lot to share today.

The big news in national education is that eight more states have received No Child Left Behind waivers. According to the Associated Press and New York Times, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island have had their waiver requests granted. 19 states have now been granted waivers, and 26 other states and the District of Columbia still have waiver requests pending.

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Painting Postsecondary with a Broad Brush

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May 29, 2012 06:25 pm

Graduation season brings forth, as it does every year, the debate about whether college is worth it. On May 20, 60 Minutes featured Peter Thiel insisting that plumbers out-earn doctors. Yet here at the Alliance, we continue to cite research from Anthony Carnevale showing that by 2018, over 60 percent of jobs will require some postsecondary training and point to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that high school graduates with no postsecondary are three times more likely to be unemployed than their more educated peers.

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Afternoon Announcements: May 25, 2012

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May 25, 2012 07:15 pm

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It’s Friday. You made it. Let us be the first to congratulate you! Although this Memorial Day Weekend will likely be filled with cookouts, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and celebrating the start of summer, be sure to take the time to think about all of the men and women in the armed forces who have served or continue to serve our country both at home and abroad and especially those who gave their lives in the line of duty. With that said, there are just a few afternoon announcements to share with you today.

First, The Washington Post looks at high schools that are promoting a college-style learning environment. Whether it’s “fewer scheduled hours of class, more independent work and less hand-holding from instructors,” these high schools are trying to prepare their students for postsecondary education and make the often-difficult academic transition from K-12 to higher education a little bit easier.

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Report Round-up: May 25, 2012

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May 25, 2012 02:28 pm

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Need some reading for the long weekend? Here are some of the most recently released reports that caught our eye!

Common Core State Standards & Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide between College and Career Readiness – Achieve, the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)

 

This report lays out a blueprint for increased engagement between state education leaders and the career and technical education (CTE) community.

The Condition of Education 2012 – U.S. Department of Education

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Afternoon Announcements: May 24, 2012

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May 24, 2012 05:16 pm

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Welcome to your Thursday announcements! After you’re done reading these, why not register for today’s webinar on the three T’s? It’s not too late to register, and the webinar is at 2pm.

Yesterday’s big news in education was the announcement of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s education platform. Mr. Romney’s speech came before a luncheon of Latino business leaders, during which called education “the civil rights issue of our era” and said that “millions of kids are getting a third-world education.” Different outlets focused on different parts of Mr. Romney’s speech. Here are three takes from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and The Washington Times.

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Stats That Stick: May 23, 2012

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May 23, 2012 07:19 pm

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Oh those Sticky Stats! Here are some education statistics that made headlines in the past week that you (hopefully) won’t be able to get out of your head.

Maximum amount of funds a district could receive from the Department of Education’s newly-announced school district level Race to the Top program: $25 million.

This week, the Department of Education announced that school districts will be able to submit proposals for education innovations to improve their schools. This round of Race to the Top, which as a competitive program is now in its third year, will focus on individualized instruction and also require applying school districts to agree to evaluate school board members and superintendents. This round of Race to the Top is expected to have about $400 million up for grabs for 15-20 winning districts.

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Morning Announcements: May 23, 2012

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May 23, 2012 03:26 pm

Happy Wednesday! You’re almost to the weekend, and, in case you had forgotten, this is a long weekend! Don’t look to the weekend until you look through our announcements first!

As state legislatures around the country wrap up their business for 2012, Education Week notes that their scorecards are a mixed bag for education. Budget struggles, increases to per-pupil spending, and other policy changes have been abundant from coast to coast.

Also from Education Week comes news that is unfortunate but also unsurprising. A study from the Department of Education found that “most English-language learners were enrolled in school districts that failed to reach all their accountability goals for such students in the 2008-09 school year.” Variations in how districts and states define which students are ELL as well as in how ELL students are assessed are likely contributors to these accountability struggles, as well as many ELL students hailing from districts with limited resources overall.

The Huffington Post reports on a National Counsel for Teacher Quality study that analyzed 180 education schools to see how teachers are prepared to use data from standardized tests. Sadly, “the results weren’t pretty.” This is discouraging news, especially as data becomes more accessible and widely-collected.

In the Empire State, according to Syracuse’s The Post Standard, extra dollars that flow to districts are a product of that district’s politicians more than other factors. The article notes that although the Baldwinsville Central and Tully School Districts are very similar, the former’s state legislators are better able to deliver funds to the home district.

Education groups in Washington State are once again trying to hop onto the charter school movement. The Associated Press via Education Week  reports that “a coalition of Washington education groups on Tuesday filed a citizen initiative asking voters to allow 40 public charter schools in the state over the next five years.” The coalition will have about a month and a half to collect 250,000 signatures. Charter school initiatives have yet to take root in Washington as voters have rejected them numerous times.

That’s it for today, but check back this afternoon as we bring you your weekly dose of Stats That Stick!

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Afternoon Announcements: May 22, 2012

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May 22, 2012 05:22 pm

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Happy Tuesday! Did you know that on this day in 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0? This was the first version of Windows that included Solitaire. Just a little trivia for you to think about as you navigate the work day!

Yesterday’s big news was the Department of Education’s announcement of a school district-level Race to the Top contest. This round of RTTT will focus on individualized instruction as well as on evaluating district superintendents and school board members. Two takes on this development, first from Education Week and then the New York Times.

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