boilerplate image
Your daily serving of high school news and policy.
Posted:
August 18, 2017 09:12 am
Featured Entry:

Condemning Racism and Bigotry While Using Charlottesville as a Teachable Moment: Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Others

RSS feed

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.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: June 19, 2017 11:49 am

How Capital City Public Charter School Provides Its Students with a Deeper Learning Expedition

AMERICANED_CAPCITY_135
Posted:
June 19, 2017 11:49 am
RSS feed

Stephanie Murphy’s fourth graders had a problem—there simply weren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. But their challenge wasn’t trying to balance their homework with their time with friends. Instead, the students were trying to allocate the amount of time the members of their colony would devote to building homes, making clothes, cooking meals, and other chores as part of a classroom exercise simulating life of the seventeenth century American colonists.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning
Posted: June 14, 2017 12:37 pm

New Center on Education Policy Report Connects Deeper Learning to Workforce Success

Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education Images of Teachers and Students in Action
Posted:
June 14, 2017 12:37 pm
RSS feed

Having a postsecondary degree or training increasingly is becoming a prerequisite for most jobs. Yet while U.S. students are graduating from high school and completing college at the highest rates in decades, employers say many prospective employees still lack essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and communication. Furthermore, these skills—along with the ability to collaborate, direct one’s learning, and persevere in the face of challenge—are especially crucial in fast-growing and emerging occupations, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy (CEP).

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning
Posted: June 09, 2017 04:57 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: New Image Gallery Shows Students Engaging in Deeper Learning

deeper learning
Posted:
June 09, 2017 04:57 pm
RSS feed

This week’s digest features a new image gallery depicting teachers and students in action, examines why deeper learning competencies are critical for career success, offers examples of college readiness pathways, and demonstrates how to decode deeper learning.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: June 06, 2017 03:24 pm

Learning Transformed: Ensuring a Return on Instruction

LearningTransformed-small
Posted:
June 06, 2017 03:24 pm
RSS feed

A portion of the following is an excerpt from the new ASCD book, Learning Transformed, authored by the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Thomas C. Murray, and his co-author, Eric Sheninger.

For decades, school leaders have discussed “the need” to integrate technology. The problem with these conversations has been a lack of focus on the why and how technology can support a learning transformation. The greatest technology in the world will not garner hypothesized improvement if a concerted effort to change pedagogy isn’t the foundation. As evidenced in various reports from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the topic, the problem isn’t the technology itself per se but the lack of high-quality pedagogy, which often stems from a lack of high-quality professional learning to support educators with effective implementation.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: June 05, 2017 02:12 pm

New Alliance-CoSN Resources Highlight Lifeline’s Impact on Closing the “Homework Gap”

Female College Student Using Computer In Classroom
Posted:
June 05, 2017 02:12 pm
RSS feed

Approximately 70 percent of teachers assign work that requires students to access the internet after school hours, but nearly one-third of households do not have high-speed internet service, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This lack of service puts students living in these homes at a disadvantage, creating a widening “homework gap” that disproportionately impacts students from low-income families, according to two new resources from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Digital Equity
Posted: May 24, 2017 04:38 pm

Trump’s Budget Slashes Education Funding, Declared “Dead on Arrival” by Republicans and Democrats Alike

1600_executive_branch[1]
Posted:
May 24, 2017 04:38 pm
RSS feed

President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget on May 23 and immediately received bipartisan criticism from members of Congress concerned with deep cuts to education, health-care programs for low-income adults and children, and a variety of other federal programs.

“I can understand why President Trump wanted to be overseas when he released a budget slashing education at home,” said Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise. “Still, I bet he could hear the outcry emanating from U.S. schools all the way in Rome. Thankfully, members of Congress are already signaling that Trump’s proposal will be parked—permanently—on the tarmac when he returns.”

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: May 23, 2017 11:10 am

Happy Schools, Happy Students: Supporting Student Well-Being

High school students in a classroom.
Posted:
May 23, 2017 11:10 am
RSS feed

Last month the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its latest report based on data from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a triennial international survey that evaluates education systems worldwide. It tests the skills and knowledge of fifteen-year-olds, and more than half a million students from seventy-two countries and economies took the most recent iteration of the two-hour test.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: May 22, 2017 11:24 am

PERKINS REWRITE: House Education Committee Passes Bill to Update Nation’s Main Career and Technical Education Law

Builder On Building Site Discussing Work With Apprentice
Posted:
May 22, 2017 11:24 am
RSS feed

On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee unanimously approved legislation to improve the nation’s career and technical education (CTE). The bill, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was introduced by U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL); it would update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), which provides more than $1.1 billion in federal education funds for middle schools, high schools, and postsecondary education.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: May 08, 2017 01:53 pm

U.S. High School Graduation Rate at All-Time High but off Pace to Meet 2020 Goal of 90 Percent

Grads
Posted:
May 08, 2017 01:53 pm
RSS feed

The U.S. high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 83.2 percent, but for the second straight year, the nation is off pace to meet the 90 percent graduation rate goal by 2020, according to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation report, issued by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.