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Afternoon Announcements: May 29, 2014

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May 29, 2014 04:32 am


Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the passing of Maya Angelou Imperial Valley News
“Maya Angelou was not just a phenomenal writer and artist – she was a teacher and mentor whose words will live on for generations.”

School Spending Increases Linked to Better Outcomes for Poor Students Education Week
In districts that substantially increased their spending as the result of court-ordered changes in school finance, low-income children were significantly more likely to graduate from high school, earn livable wages, and avoid poverty in adulthood.

Computer Science’s Diversity Gap Starts Early PBS NewsHour
When Vanessa Hurst graduated from college in 2008 she became part of a rare breed: women who hold bachelor’s degrees in computer science.

Adventures in Instructional Coaching: It’s Time to Teach Huffington Post’s The Blog
Working as an Instructional Coach is a delicate balance of learning how to balance being a coach who frequently talks teachers “off the ledge” and not losing your teaching credibility. On one hand you’re still a teacher because many times you find yourself in classrooms helping a teacher with a particular lesson, but other times you are pulled into “courageous conversations” between administrators and teachers when there are practices in pedagogy that need to be adjusted.

In New Orleans, Major School District Closes Traditional Public Schools for Good Washington Post
The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old work sheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good.

Is Boston’s School District Eliminating History Department as Part of Common Core? Washington Post Answer Sheet blog
The Boston public schools district found itself in the position of having to issue a public statement denying that it was eliminating its history and social studies department after someone posted on the Web that it was and the news went viral in the education world. Historians assumed it was true and rightly flipped out.

Higher Standards—Just Not for Teachers TNTP blog
Randi Weingarten recently acknowledged that her real concern about the Common Core isn’t the standards themselves, but the tests attached to them. In a refreshing moment of honesty in the Common Core debate, it’s clear that the unions’ real issue isn’t raising the bar for students, but holding their members accountable for meeting that bar.


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