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August 13, 2019 12:33 pm
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The Challenges and Privileges of Being a First-Generation College Student

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As a first-generation college student who transferred from a local community college, graduating from Georgetown University is my life’s biggest accomplishment to date. Yet as I reflect on my educational journey, my heart is filled with dismay as much as it is with pride. Graduating from high school is a privilege many youth throughout America never attain. Currently, one out of every eight public high schools that enrolls 100 students or more in America has a graduation rate of 67 percent or less, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation report. This simple statistic brings me to a place of duality as I grapple with my personal challenges and privileges as a first-generation college student.

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College Remediation, College- and Career-Ready Standards
Posted: July 25, 2019 07:55 am

Ideas for Enhancing School Safety Against Targeted Violence

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July 25, 2019 07:55 am
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Today at 9:30 a.m. the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on state and federal recommendations for enhancing school safety against targeted violence. In the following letter to Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and top Democrat Gary Peters, Alliance for Excellent Education President Deb Delisle outlines our ideas to ensure that students and educators feel safe in schools and are safe in schools.

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School Climate, School Safety
Posted: July 18, 2019 01:24 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: The Best Way to Learn Science

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July 18, 2019 01:24 pm
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Memorizing facts doesn’t lead to great scientists. Bringing experiments and projects to life, on the other hand, will not only stick with students longer but ensure they have more fun learning.

Today’s digest highlights real-world application in science teaching, exploring the secret to great teaching, a new podcast on sports and social-emotional development, and how to encourage students to think about how they learn.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: July 17, 2019 04:18 pm

Did Busing Work?

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July 17, 2019 04:18 pm
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In the years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, school districts turned to busing students to achieve racial diversity. Today, sixty-five years after the Brown decision, did busing work? What do research and advocates say about busing, its impact, and possible solutions for an education system in which many U.S. schools are more segregated today than they were decades ago?

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#OurChallengeOurHope, Brown vs. Board
Posted: June 27, 2019 03:15 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Visioning for Deeper Learning

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June 27, 2019 03:15 pm
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Building deeper learning in schools means tackling many levels—from classroom instruction, to curriculum, to professional development for educators and leaders.

Today’s digest highlights many approaches of bringing deeper learning to schools, including a charge in Massachusetts led by the state education commissioner, examining teacher preparation programs, what’s working (and not working) in schools across the country, a guide for discussing project-based learning, and more.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: June 24, 2019 03:52 pm

Federal Flash: Is the FCC Trying to Limit Wi-Fi in Schools?

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June 24, 2019 03:52 pm
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Is the Federal Communications Commission trying to limit Wi-Fi in schools? Some education advocates think so. Learn why in today’s Federal Flash.

Today’s Flash also covers new bills in Congress on dual enrollment, funding for the U.S. Department of Education, and new guidance from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos intended to provide flexibility to schools.

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Digital Equity, E-Rate, Education Technology, Federal Communications Commission
Posted: June 13, 2019 03:56 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Valuing Culture Matters for Learning

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June 13, 2019 03:56 pm
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How can you develop a culturally responsive classroom environment and shape the lives of diverse learners?

Today’s digest highlights a strategy for culturally responsive pedagogy, a whole-child approach in Baltimore, a massive deeper learning conference in Kentucky, project-based learning in North Carolina, and more!

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: June 07, 2019 01:55 pm

Federal Flash: Will Trump Support a Congressional Plan to Provide Hope for Dreamers and Save DACA?

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June 07, 2019 01:55 pm
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Will a recently passed bill in the House of Representatives provide hope for Dreamers and save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program?

This Federal Flash has some answers and also details a new bill to support middle schools and a new report questioning how—and if—states are identifying schools for support and improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Federal Flash
Posted: May 30, 2019 02:57 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Planting Grass to Grow Deeper Learning

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May 30, 2019 02:57 pm
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Summer is right around the corner. What better way to kick off the warm weather season than bringing science lessons outside?  

Today’s digest highlights an environmental project in Florida, how to maintain teacher authenticity in blended learning environments, a recent event on whole child investments, how teachers can support social emotional learning throughout the school day, and more!

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
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