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Afternoon Announcements: Virginia school district pushes back start time for high school students

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October 24, 2014 12:00 pm

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Educators, researchers, and policymakers at the state and national level are keeping close tabs on Pittsfield Middle High School in rural New Hampshire, which has become an incubator for a critical experiment in school reform. The goal: a stronger connection between academic learning and the kind of real-world experience that advocates say can translate into postsecondary success. The Hechinger Report

Fairfax County, VA  teens will get extra sleep next fall under a new initiative approved late Thursday that will push back the first class of the day in high schools to 8 a.m. or after. The school board voted 11 to 1 to delay start times to between 8 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. in the county’s 22 high schools and three secondary schools. The Washington Post

The answer to ensuring that all students have equitable access to the courses that will prepare them to be college- and career-ready could be found in a state policy known as Course Access, according to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Course Access policies, funded by public education dollars, would ensure that all students have equal access to the online, blended, and face-to-face educational opportunities that help them become college and career ready.

Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School has struggled to graduate even half of its students for years, but a 2012 decision to not close down the Bronx high school has allowed the mostly male school to experience a boost in attendance rates and overall student morale.  Chalkbeat NY

Students in school are rarely given opportunities to rest and reflect on the knowledge they’ve acquired, but new research from the University of Texas at Austin suggests that giving the mind a little targeted downtime could be a highly effective way to boost learning. The Huffington Post

The state board of education will most likely approve a new list of math textbooks for the state of Tennessee next week — and unlike books available in the past, they will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards, providing teachers with an extra set of tools to help students meet the standards on end-of-the year assessments. Chalkbeat TN

Many educators across the United States have made considerable progress in using technology to transform learning, and several school districts have advanced beyond small pockets of innovation to embrace systemic transformation. eSchoolNews

One first-time politician running this fall for the at-large seat on the Indianapolis Public School Board is advocating for the long-term best interests of some of the state’s most vulnerable students by connecting them with future employers. Chalkbeat IN

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    gmt
    Posted 3 years ago

    The later start time experiment for teens is really welcome example of increased student-centric thinking in educational delivery. It would be useful eventually to hear about measures of achievement efficacy (if any) that arise. In one school I know in California, they are alternating the earlier-start and the later-start days… an opportunity for A-B testing!?

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