LISTEN: The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher on What the United States Can Learn from Other Countries to Improve Education

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July 31, 2018 03:11 pm

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When our good friend Andreas Schleicher stops by, it’s hard to resist asking him to lend his international perspective to some of the big questions facing education in the United States today. So, after our July 12 webinar on his new book, World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System, Andreas and I talked about politics, policy, and some of the challenges—and opportunities—facing the U.S.  education system.

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“Why Do the White Teachers Always Quit?”

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July 30, 2018 01:57 pm

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)

That morning started like any other that semester. I parked in the visitor lot at the high school in San Antonio, Texas, and showed the receptionist my ID badge with the word “SUBSTITUTE” printed in bold purple letters across the bottom. She smiled and waved me to a desk in the back of the office where she handed me a sticky note with a room number on it. I made my way through the school, searching for the number, as students gathered outside their advisory classes eating their breakfasts. I found my room—an eleventh-grade chemistry class—unlocked the door and reviewed the teacher’s lesson plans for the day. Written across the board in large letters were the classroom expectations: BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE READY. In retrospect, these guidelines were perhaps a reminder for me, just as much as for the students. 

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Federal Flash: Three Important Things In the New Perkins Career and Technical Education Law

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July 27, 2018 02:26 pm

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In this week’s Federal Flash we’ll tell you three important things in the new federal career and technical education (CTE) law that is on its way to President Trump’s desk.

We’ll also review the Education Department’s proposed new rules for the charter school program and a proposal from House Democrats to renew the Higher Education Act.

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Deeper Learning Digest: How One High School Integrated Deeper Learning Into Its Curriculum

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July 27, 2018 01:59 pm

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“We wanted to increase rigor and our students’ academic abilities, so I thought [deeper learning] would make sense for our school setting.”

That’s Jennie Canning, lead STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School, explaining why she and Brashear’s principal, Kimberly Safran, reached out to the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) to help rethink their approach to instruction.

In this week’s Deeper Learning Digest learn how All4Ed provided direct technical assistance to teacher leaders at Brashear on implementing strategies that support deeper learning.

Elsewhere in this week’s Digest, what happens when schools are linked together in networks that share models, tools, and professional learning experiences? Expanded access to deeper learning experiences for more students.

This week’s Digest also explores dynamic math instruction and how to make project-based learning stick through professional development. And if you want to learn more about how adolescents’ tick, do we have a resource for you.

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Deepening Students’ Learning at Pittsburgh Brashear High School

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July 26, 2018 04:13 pm

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After the Pennsylvania Department of Education identified Pittsburgh Brashear High School as a priority school for improvement, the school’s educators began to rethink their approach to instruction. Teacher leaders wanted to identify promising practices that would improve engagement for the school’s 1,230 students, most of whom are African American or come from low-income families. They also were looking for ways to increase academic rigor and promote cross-curricular instruction to enable all students to achieve academic excellence. So what did they do?

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Examining (and Preventing) the Long-Term Effects of Border Separations on Children

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July 18, 2018 03:58 pm

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“I felt like a prisoner.” “I felt like a dog.” “I don’t want to remember.” “They told us to behave or we’d be there forever.”

Through the experiences of six children separated at the border from their families, Washington Post reporter Michael E. Miller provides a disturbingly powerful account of how two months in a Texas shelter traumatized the children kept there. Left unknown is how the experience will impact these children over the rest of their lives, although experts say the effect likely will be profound.

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“Is My Child Safe at School?” New Poll Captures Parents’ Concerns on School Safety, Guns for Teachers

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July 18, 2018 10:25 am

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School should be a place where parents send their children to learn and grow in a safe environment. Yet one in three parents feel that their child is not safe at school.

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Federal Flash: Examining Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Record on Education

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July 13, 2018 01:35 pm

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This week’s Federal Flash covers Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record on education, congressional action on border separation, action by President Trump that could jeopardize diversity in schools, and a quick update on ESSA.

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Deeper Learning Digest: SCUBA Diving Into Deeper Learning

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July 13, 2018 10:36 am

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It’s July and the summer heat is upon us. What better way to cool down than to take a swim? For students at High Tech High, SCUBA diving is a way to escape the heat and bring environmental learning to life. This week’s digest also explores why proficiency-based learning matters to businesses, connects makerspaces to deeper learning, and highlights one take on the most critical element to a students’ success.

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