Federal Flash: Education Department releases Perkins CTE Guide for states

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October 26, 2018 03:13 pm

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We have a short flash for you today with an update on a new resource with information on racial inequities in schools, as well as the Department of Education’s process to implement the recently reauthorized Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

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Deeper Learning Digest: Meeting Students’ Basic Needs Before Deeper Learning

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October 26, 2018 08:32 am

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

It’s tempting to jump right to advocating for all students to have deeper learning experiences. But as our friends at the Buck Institute for Education remind us, there are other basic needs that must be met for students to learn deeply.

This digest highlights what else students need to learn deeply. It also shares how to measure social-emotional learning, why adolescence is a prime time for deeper learning skills, and a call for workshop proposals for Deeper Learning 2019.

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Student Activism in the Era of Parkland and What It Means for Educators

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October 24, 2018 09:45 am

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March for Our Lives. DREAMers. Black Lives Matter. Young people are lifting up their voices and demanding a seat at the table to discuss issues of immigration, gun violence, and inequality that permeate their lives. These are problems that students carry from their homes to their schools each day.

As an educator or school leader, student activism may lead to difficult questions. Should you support your students when they stand up for change? What if your beliefs differ from theirs, or you have trouble relating to their experiences? If you want to support them, what’s an appropriate way to do so?

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Deeper Learning Digest: Are Your Students “Life Ready?”

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October 12, 2018 02:16 pm

A seventh grader rehearses a science presentation with her classmate.  Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action

What skills do students need to be considered “life ready?” For Virginia high school graduates, they may sound familiar: “critical and creative thinkers, excellent communicators and collaborative and civic-minded citizens.” So what steps can states take to give their students opportunities for deeper learning?

This digest features stories of deeper learning in Virginia, the importance of collaboration in personalized learning, some key lessons in competency-based education and an upcoming event in Tennessee.

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Explaining Teenagers’ Attraction to Social Media and Risky Behavior—And Why It’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

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October 09, 2018 01:25 pm

Skyline High School in Oakland, California. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)

Ever wonder why teenagers are so quick to adopt Instagram, Snapchat, and other forms of social media? Or take up X Games sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding? A new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) explains how changes in the brain make adolescents more likely to be influenced by their peers, take risks, and even become disengaged in school as their motivations change. It also includes advice and guidance for educators, parents, and policymakers.

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Federal Flash: What’s the Timeline for the New Perkins CTE Law?

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October 05, 2018 01:59 pm

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We have new information on the timeline for implementing the new Perkins law, plus updates on ESSA, innovative assessments, and new data on low-graduation rate high schools that can fall through the cracks of state accountability systems.

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Uncovering the Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

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October 01, 2018 05:03 pm

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If you regularly interact with adolescents, whether as a parent, educator, or community member, you’ve likely noticed that there are factors that set teens apart from children of other ages. But did you know that adolescence is the second most active time of neurodevelopment in a human’s life? By better understanding what’s going on developmentally with adolescent students, educators can create learning environments that capitalize on the unique opportunities that adolescence offers.

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