Teens in School: Science of Learning Lights Path for Student Success

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October 21, 2019 02:30 pm

Twenty-seven million—that is the approximate number of students who attend public middle and high schools across the United States.[i] While the period of adolescence does not include only the middle and high school years, teenagers are a significant part of this stage of development. Adolescence can be thought of as beginning with a biological change—the onset of puberty—and ending with a social construct determined by factors like family, culture, and society.[ii]

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SAL, SAL Resource, Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning

Federal Flash: What’s in the New Bill to Rewrite the Higher Education Act?

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October 18, 2019 03:15 pm

House Democrats introduced legislation to rewrite the Higher Education Act while the Trump administration worked on regulations that could increase segregation in schools and decrease the number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunch.

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How Latino Students Are Boosting the Nation’s Economy

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October 17, 2019 02:46 pm

Between 2000 and 2015, the percentage of Latino students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools increased from 16 percent to 26 percent while the percentages of White students fell from 61 percent to 49 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. From 2015 to 2027, the percentage of Latino students is expected to continue to increase—from 26 percent to 29 percent—while the percentage of White students will fall from 49 percent to 45 percent.

As Latino students become a larger component of the K-12 student population, we must ensure they receive an education that prepares them for future success. In some ways we are–and they are delivering benefits to the economy in return–but in many other ways, we are not.

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#OurChallengeOurHope, Economic Impacts, Education and the Economy, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement

Deeper Learning Digest: Keeping Pace with Tech Trends

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October 17, 2019 12:47 pm

Digital displays. High-voltage battery cells. Computer controls. Repairing a car is not what it used to be, so how are career and technical education programs (CTE) preparing students to keep pace with electric and self-driving vehicles?

Today’s digest highlights how CTE programs are updating technology to keep on pace with industry trends, how to know when persistence is not working, and how one principal is bringing the world to her students.

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Should “Gifted and Talented” Programs Be Open to All Students?

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October 08, 2019 10:34 am

Gifted programs are structured to cultivate and maximize the strengths of an individual. Through enriching instruction and engaging curriculum, students in gifted education are put on a path to achieve their full potential. But shouldn’t these ideals be applied to all students?

In New York City, a panel appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks so. It has proposed eliminating the city’s gifted and talented programs, which largely enroll White and Asian American students, in favor of an approach that reduces inequality and segregation that is often perpetuated by gifted programs.

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Federal Flash: Secretary DeVos is Proposing Changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection

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October 04, 2019 03:15 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is proposing to eliminate aspects of the Civil Rights Data Collection. Today’s Federal Flash gives you the details on her proposal. It also covers recent congressional action to address school shootings and rising tensions in the Senate over the rewrite of the Higher Education Act.

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Deeper Learning Digest: Creating Pathways to Careers

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October 03, 2019 03:34 pm

Apprenticeships are a great way to show students how their learning connects to the world around them and potential options for future careers.

Today’s digest explores a new apprenticeship program in Kentucky, how a green screen can transform a classroom, ways to expand opportunities for 21st century learning, and how to build an education “escape room.”

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Students at the Center: An Introduction to the Oakland Health Pathways Partnership

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October 02, 2019 11:00 am

Earlier this year, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) visited Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to show members of its staff and several state and local policymakers from across the country how the district has implemented Linked Learning. OUSD uses the Linked Learning approach to provide historically underserved students with real-world learning experiences alongside rigorous academic instruction and personal supports to help students graduate high school and pursue meaningful postsecondary opportunities. One way OUSD has accomplished this is through the Oakland Health Pathways Partnership (OHPP), a cross-sector initiative established in 2014 that has increased students’ exposure to health careers through high-quality work-based learning (WBL) experiences and relevant course work.

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California, Career & Technical Education, Career and Technical Education, Linked Learning