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All4Ed Starts Major Initiative to Ensure Science of Adolescent Learning Drives Critical Secondary Education Decisions

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This week we released a report that is the start of a major initiative for the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) to ensure that critical education decisions are driven by science. Working with colleagues, I authored Synapses, Students, and Synergies: Applying the Science of Adolescent Learning to Policy and Practice to point out the major opportunities that exist in the next few years and also urge new ways to work together to maximize impact.

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Posted: October 07, 2010 05:48 pm

Fighting off School Bullying

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October 07, 2010 05:48 pm
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In a recent conversation with a friend, she discussed some particulars about a mandatory training her employer instituted. The training was rather progressive and something I had never heard done in the professional space. It was a training to create a safe space for individuals transitioning to another gender.  Consultants, therapists, and trainers were brought in to teach, answer questions, and facilitate a healthy conversation. One of the most important factors is that the president of the organization was an active and fully engaged participant in the training. As matter of fact, it was her idea. Having the organization’s figurehead participate in this training would make other employees view it more seriously.

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Posted: October 07, 2010 03:57 pm

Morning Announcements: October 7, 2010

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October 07, 2010 03:57 pm
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Morning_Announcements6Maryland’s high school testing requirements were designed to increase rigor and the value of the state’s diplomas, but only a tiny fraction of seniors this year failed to graduate because of their exam results, and an increasing number of students are using alternative assessments because they have difficulty passing the regular tests, the Washington Post reports.

In his Straight Up blog, Rick Hess writes, “The only condition Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg attached to his $100 million gift to Newark Public Schools was that Governor Chris Christie give control of the schools to Newark Mayor Cory Booker. And now it appears Christie lacks the statutory authority to do so.”

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Posted: October 06, 2010 08:59 pm

Stats That Stick: October 6, 2010

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October 06, 2010 08:59 pm
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Stats_That_Stick[1]On average, students in the U.S. spend 6 1/2 hours a day in the classroom for 180 days. According to the International Bureau of Education, students in Japan and South Korea have a 196-day school year. –The Southern Illinoisan

Among the cohort of students in the first-grade class of 1999–2000 who had progressed to eighth grade in the 2006–07 school year (representing about 80 percent of the eighth-grade class of 2006–07), 33 percent were enrolled in an algebra class in the eighth grade and 6 percent were enrolled in an advanced mathematics course other than algebra (i.e., algebra II, geometry, or integrated or sequential mathematics). Forty-four percent were taking an introduction to algebra or pre-algebra class, and 17 percent were in a general mathematics course, which is typically intended for students who are not yet ready for pre-algebra. –National Center for Education Statistics

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Posted: October 06, 2010 06:30 pm

New PEW Report: Young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to be found in a cell than in the workplace.

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October 06, 2010 06:30 pm
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CollateralCostsReport.blogIn August, citing a report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert wrote that the on-time high school graduation rate for black males in 2008 was an abysmal 47 percent. Quoting Herbert:

The astronomical jobless rates for black men in inner-city neighborhoods are both mind-boggling and heartbreaking. There are many areas where virtually no one has a legitimate job.

On the heels of the report from the Schott Foundation comes an even more devastating finding contained in a new report from the PEW Charitable Trusts:

Young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to be found in a cell than in the workplace.

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Posted: October 06, 2010 04:28 pm

Morning Announcements: October 6, 2010

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October 06, 2010 04:28 pm
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Morning_Announcements3Yesterday, the Los Angeles Board of Education approved a court settlement that radically limits the traditional practice of laying off teachers strictly on the basis of seniority, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the story, “The agreement does not scrap seniority as a factor in layoffs. Rather, layoffs based on seniority would be distributed evenly among district schools…No school would lose a disproportionate number of instructors. This marks a significant change because inexperienced teachers tend to be clustered in schools in low-income neighborhoods, putting those campuses at a disadvantage during every budget crisis.”

In South Carolina, education officials offer mixed views on extending the school year.

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Posted: October 05, 2010 03:34 pm

Morning Announcements: October 5, 2010

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October 05, 2010 03:34 pm
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In the Science section of the New York Times, reporter Natalie Angier picks a bone with “the odious and increasingly pervasive term ‘STEM education.’”

In the New Yorker, Joel Klein responds to a story written last week by Nicholas Lemann on how things aren’t so bad in American public education. Robert Rothman, policy fellow at the Alliance, also thought Lemann’s story required a response and posted his thoughts on Lemann’s story here last week.

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Posted: October 04, 2010 04:08 pm

Morning Announcements: October 4, 2010

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October 04, 2010 04:08 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsReaching out to big business, President Barack Obama is set to announce a new program that links top companies with community colleges in hopes of ramping up America’s job skills, the Associated Press report.

Michael Levine, the Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Conney Center, reviews Waiting for Superman in The Huffington Post. And you can read another review of the documentary in the Dallas South News.

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Posted: October 01, 2010 05:35 pm

Report Round-Up: October 1, 2010

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October 01, 2010 05:35 pm
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Here is this week’s report round-up. Don’t forget to let us know if we are forgetting anything!

Report_Round-Up[1]College Graduation Rates: Behind the Numbers from the American Council on Education. This report provides a layperson’s guide to the most common databases used to calculate college graduation rates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. In addition, the report suggests several factors for policymakers to consider before using graduation rates from existing databases to assess institutional success.

The Rural Solution: How Community Schools Can Reinvigorate Rural Education from the Center for American Progress. This report calls for Congress to provide incentives for school districts educating 10 million children in rural areas to use full-service community schools as a turnaround strategy.

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Posted: October 01, 2010 04:14 pm

Morning Announcements: October 1, 2010

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October 01, 2010 04:14 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsThe Baltimore Sun reports, “An innovative new contract would enable Baltimore teachers who are effective and ambitious to move quickly through the ranks and earn up to $100,000 a year, as well as give teachers more input on working conditions in their schools.”

According to data released yesterday by the Virginia Department of Education, 85.5 percent of the 98,027 students who entered the ninth grade during the 2006-07 school year graduated within four years. That’s an increase of 2.2 percentage points from last year.

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Posted: October 01, 2010 02:56 pm

Thursday Education Nation Coverage

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October 01, 2010 02:56 pm
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Yesterday NBC News continued its Education Nation coverage and hosted a discussion on how to encourage students to use the tools of the digital world in ways that are productive to their educational development and a closing panel about potential solutions to the challenges and obstacles facing America’s education system.

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