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August 18, 2017 09:12 am
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Condemning Racism and Bigotry While Using Charlottesville as a Teachable Moment: Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Others

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The Alliance for Excellent Education filmed a special edition of Federal Flash that condemns the actions by white supremacists in Charlottesville and urges parents, teachers, and others to use Charlottesville as a teachable moment in their homes, classrooms, and communities. This blog post includes the video, a transcript of the video, as well as a series of resources that individuals can use to help start conversations about the nation’s dark history with slavery, the dangerous white supremacy movement, and the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity in America.

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Posted: August 01, 2017 09:26 am

Which Students Are More Likely to be Victims of School Violence? New Report Provides Answers

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August 01, 2017 09:26 am
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In the past decade, the rate of violent incidents occurring in public schools declined by nearly half, but middle schools and schools that serve mostly students of color still experience higher rates of violence than other schools, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

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Posted: July 27, 2017 10:49 am

How Estonia Became a World Leader in Science

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July 27, 2017 10:49 am
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Estonia, the northernmost of the Baltic countries, has a population of 1.3 million people, roughly the size of the population of Maine or New Hampshire. Although it is one of the poorest countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with a 2014 per capita gross domestic product of $28,140 compared to the OECD average of $39,333, Estonia has one of the strongest education systems among OECD countries. The nation boasts above-average results on PISA, almost universal access to pre-primary education, and a rate of educational attainment at the secondary level that is among the highest in the European Union and among OECD member nations. So how does Estonia do it?

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Posted: July 24, 2017 02:48 pm

How MC2 STEM High School Connects Deeper Learning to Real-World Experiences

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July 24, 2017 02:48 pm
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Don’t expect to find students sitting passively in neatly rowed desks at MC2 STEM High School. It’s far more likely to see students cutting plywood with laser cutters or driving remote-controlled robots down the hall at this open-enrollment high school dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The school fosters an atmosphere of innovation, both in its physical structure and its approach to instruction, that empowers students to direct their own learning.

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College & Career Readiness, Deeper Learning, Digital Learning, STEM
Posted: July 10, 2017 09:19 am

The What and the How: The Two Things that Matter for Student Learning

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July 10, 2017 09:19 am
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“There are only two things that matter: what students are learning and how effectively they are learning it.”

Former Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, Dr. David Steiner, addressed the importance of rigorous standards and high quality curriculum and instruction during a recent talk at the Alliance’s High School Advisory Group Meeting. The group supports the Alliance’s efforts to elevate and expand practices to promote postsecondary opportunities for traditionally underserved students.

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Posted: June 29, 2017 12:31 pm

Skyline High School’s Green Energy Pathway Keeps Deeper Learning Afloat

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June 29, 2017 12:31 pm
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Early on a Friday morning in May, Dale Fiess and his students took to the water. For the students, it literally was a sink or swim moment. The time had come to launch the solar-powered boat the students had built and see whether it could compete against the other teams entered in the California Solar Regatta.

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Posted: June 22, 2017 10:21 am

Federal Literacy Funding Still Available to the States Despite Proposed Budget Cuts from Trump

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June 22, 2017 10:21 am
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Last month, the Trump administration released its first full budget proposal recommending a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, cut in funding for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The suggested cuts raised many eyebrows on Capitol Hill when U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified about the budget before the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding ED. In particular, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the Ranking Member on the subcommittee, voiced concerns regarding proposed cuts to literacy funding. She stated, “Literacy is a mark of a civilized society—we spend money to spread literacy internationally, yet [the budget eliminates] $190 million from the largest reading program for low-income children and youth and $96 million from grants that help low-skilled adults become literate.” The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) shares Congresswoman DeLauro’s concerns with the administration’s recommended cuts to literacy funding.

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