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Afternoon Announcements: July 11, 2012

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July 11, 2012 06:06 pm

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Wednesday! The third day of the work week unless your work week starts on a day other than Monday! That’s all I’ve got, but please enjoy these afternoon announcements!

First, Alliance senior fellow Robert Rothman weighs in on the National Research Council’s recently released report on deeper learning. Here at High School Soup Rothman writes, “Since 2010, the Alliance for Excellent Education has been working to develop and promote policies that support deeper learning—deep content knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, and be self-reflective about learning. Our premise, spelled out in a policy brief issued in 2011, was that these competencies are essential for career success and civic life in an increasingly complex world.”

Next up, Education Week reports on the myriad struggles faced by “turnaround” schools in the federal School Improvement Grant program. The Center on Education Policy at George Washington University has released three different reports on these schools, which the article discusses.

NPR reports from Muskegon Heights, Michigan, where earlier this week it was announced by the town’s emergency manager that the entire school district will be turned over to a for-profit charter operator. The decision on whether to follow-through with the plan to turnover the debt-ridden and underperforming district is now up to the public and the school board.

Are you a high school student? Do you feel that you’re being listened to enough in your classrooms? Well, a report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says that “if teachers and administrators want to know whether they’re succeeding in the classroom, all they need to do is ask the students sitting in front of them.” Music to your ears, right? U.S. News and World Report has the story.

John Thompson has an opinion piece today in The Huffington Post that is well worth your time. From building a team effort around the Common Core State Standards to calling for early warning indicator systems and building on student strengths, Thompson proposes a number of ideas for success in schools.

Thanks for reading the announcements today! We’ll be back shortly with today’s Stats That Stick!

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