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Afternoon Announcements: How to Foster Dramatic Turnarounds for Struggling Schools

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April 07, 2015 12:15 pm

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It’s not easy and it’s not common, but schools are sometimes able to make dramatic turnarounds in just a matter of years. But what are the critical factors necessary to turn a struggling school into a success? The Huffington Post

In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Linda Darling Hammond, faculty director at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and political scientist Paul T. Hill discuss what factors are critical to an effective rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to improve schools.

A new STEM teaching toolkit from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) aims to improve curriculum design through authentic, collaborative, project-based learning experiences. eSchoolNewsAs Congress debates how to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the nation’s largest teachers union is launching a $500,000 ad campaign urging lawmakers to reach a deal that reduces the focus on standardized testing The Washington Post

The gap between white and Mexican-American children in cognitive skills such as oral language is apparent at age 2, according to a recent study from the University of California, Berkeley. EdSource

One district is offerings its students 6 instructional models for learning —an approach that has led to zero dropouts. eSchoolNews

A telecom and business communications company has released a new set of services intended to provide schools and districts with access to wireless technology. THE Journal

A bill designed to protect parents’ right to opt students out of state standardized tests won preliminary Colorado Senate approval Monday. Chalkbeat CO

As many as 150 students at one Seattle high school are refusing to take new Common Core tests mandated in Washington. The Seattle Times

A showdown is brewing this week over the future of ISTEP, but expect a new question to be raised: could changes to state tests could put Indiana’s federal school aid at risk? Chalkbeat IN

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