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Volume 16, No. 16

Access articles on the White House’s Second Annual Next Generation High Schools Summit, Every Student Succeeds Act Toolkits for School Leaders, and more.


Alliance for Excellent Education Releases Toolkits for School Leaders on Opportunities Within ESSA to Transform High Schools

In conjunction with the second annual White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools, the Alliance for Excellent Education released a series of toolkits to help school leaders leverage opportunities available in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to transform high schools.

White House Holds Second Annual Next Generation High Schools Summit; Alliance Plays Key Role

On September 12, U.S. Secretary of Education John King; Cecilia Munoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; and other senior Obama administration officials joined state and school district leaders, educators, philanthropists, students, parents, and others to share efforts to transform the high school experience and better personalize learning for all students. The Alliance for Excellent Education played a key role by leading a breakout session on personalized learning and technology and preparing toolkits for school leaders on how to use the Every Student Succeeds Act to transform their high schools, particularly for traditionally underserved students.

After a Summer of Tragedy, Keeping the Classroom Meaningful

Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise writes that teachers, school leaders, parents, and community members must address the heartbreak inflicted during tragic events over the summer and examine the racial disparities in education, discipline, and incarceration that discourage students in the classroom. To support these conversations, the Alliance will post a series of blogs about trauma, school safety, discipline, and learning conditions in the coming weeks, designed to empower parents and others to advocate for changes in their schools that support equity and a positive school climate.

IN MEMORIAM: Alliance for Excellent Education Cofounder Lilo Leeds 1928–2016

Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise remembers Alliance cofounder Lilo Leeds, who passed away on September 4, as a strong and unrelenting advocate for children.

Help Wanted: Schools Need More than 900,000 Teachers of Color to Keep Up with Growing Student Diversity

Although states and local school districts have invested substantially in efforts to hire and retain more teachers of color, recruitment and retention strategies alone are insufficient to close the growing “diversity gap” between the proportion of teachers and students of color in the nation’s schools, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution and the National Council on Teacher Quality. Instead of focusing solely on the current teacher workforce, efforts to diversify the teaching profession must build the future workforce as well by increasing college graduation rates for students of color and convincing more of those college graduates to become teachers, the report explains.

A “Softer” Side to Deeper Learning: Building Students’ Social-Emotional Skills

The concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) has grown within the education field as a means of preparing students adequately for college and a career. Although the exact definition of SEL varies, SEL generally refers to how stduents “manage emotions and deal with traumas in order to persist in their academic work.” And while only one state (Illinois) has committed to integrating SEL instruction into secondary classrooms, a number of states are leading the integration of SEL practices with academic and instructional content–a shift that can produce tremendous gains for traditionally underserved students.

Reflections on PISA: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading

In 2013, results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that U.S. fifteen-year-olds preformed below average in mathematics and average in both reading and science. In the years since, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has conducted further analyses of the assessment that have shed light on student perseverance, school environments, and financial literacy.

Gov. Bob Wise Celebrates a West Virginia PROMISE

Last month, Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and current president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the funding of the PROMISE scholarship, signed into law by Wise during his first year as governor.

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