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March 04, 2019 10:54 am
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Beyond the “Model Minority” Myth: Understanding the Needs of Southeast Asian Students

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The local boba shop across the street from my high school was the place to be. Every day, when the bell rang at 2:44 p.m., hordes of high schoolers made their way there. Usually people grabbed their drinks and left. Only a select few lingered and this group of cigarette-smoking teenagers intimidated anyone who entered the shop.

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Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: February 01, 2019 02:59 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Training Students for Workplaces That Don’t Exist

MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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February 01, 2019 02:59 pm
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Stories of robots creating mass unemployment may be overhyped, but there’s still a need to prepare students for an ever-changing workforce and jobs that don’t yet exist.

Today’s digest highlights how schools do that. It also examines what happens when students have access to college courses while still in high school, how makerspaces can support personalized learning, and how educators can help students affected by the opioid crisis.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: January 30, 2019 02:19 pm

How the Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Students and How Educators Can Help

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January 30, 2019 02:19 pm
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The opioid crisis is shaking the nation and greatly impacting young people. In just one year, 42,000 people died of drug overdoses involving opioids. That same year, 2016, 38,000 individuals died in car crashes or car-related injuries.

There’s no question that this epidemic is affecting families, communities, and schools across the country. How can educators help support students impacted by the crisis?

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Adolescent Learning Show
Posted: January 30, 2019 01:03 pm

High School Graduation Rate Hits New High, But Concerns Remain; How Does Your State Fare?

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January 30, 2019 01:03 pm
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The nation’s high school graduation rate hit a new all-time high of 84.6 percent and graduation rates for historically underserved students continue to rise, according to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Education. However, the size of the graduation rate increase was much smaller than in previous years and large gaps continue to exist between student groups.

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High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement
Posted: January 18, 2019 03:51 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: The Power of “Low-Stakes” Assessments

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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January 18, 2019 03:51 pm
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It’s no secret that assessments can feel like “high-stakes” scenarios for both students and teachers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Simple checks for comprehension, like a small quiz after a lesson, can deliver important feedback for student learning.

Today’s digest highlights the focus on assessments measuring for deeper learning, strategies to foster creativity in students, the impact of trauma on student learning, and some big news for the deeper learning world.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: December 20, 2018 03:14 pm

Federal Flash: Senator Alexander Retirement and School Safety Final Report

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December 20, 2018 03:14 pm
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Federal K-12 policy had been a bit slow over the past few weeks, but in this last week before many take off for the holiday, there have been some important developments. Senator Lamar Alexander, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, announced he will not be seeking reelection. Also, the Trump administration’s commission on school safety released its final report.

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Posted: December 14, 2018 11:52 am

Deeper Learning Digest: What Work Skills Do Students Need Most?

A teacher offers advice as two engineering students stain the animal house they built.  Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action
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December 14, 2018 11:52 am
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Gaining technical skills and know-how is critical to land that dream job, but employers are saying that they need candidates who have also mastered basic workplace skills. When should that training start? Some states are saying high school.

Today’s digest focuses on career and technical education programs that are preparing students for success beyond high school. It also highlights videos that showcase the “gold standard” of project-based learning projects.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: November 30, 2018 03:13 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Making Sure Every Child Is Known

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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November 30, 2018 03:13 pm
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Every student deserves to be known. Today’s digest features a school that is taking action to make sure that every student is taken care of and has a positive relationship with the adults in the building. It also explores the power of putting students and student interests at the center of learning, plus a tool that makes it a bit easier to keep track of student-led projects.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: November 20, 2018 01:41 pm

How New Mexico is Leading the Way Under ESSA

A ninth-grade student explains a new algebraic concept to his classmate.  Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action
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November 20, 2018 01:41 pm
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While federal law has required states to identify and intervene in struggling schools for years, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) promised a reset, allowing states to reimagine their school rating and identification systems and giving districts and schools more control over improvement strategies. There is reason to be optimistic. But the authority in ESSA does not guarantee better results; rather, it gives education leaders more flexibility and creativity to solve one of the nation’s most intractable problems—improving (deplorably low) outcomes for underserved students. We do not know yet how many states will seize this opportunity to demand bold action from districts, but a handful of states already are leading the way.

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Every Student Succeeds Act
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