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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: September 24, 2010 09:36 pm

Report Round-Up: September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010 09:36 pm
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Report_Round-Up[1]The Federal Role in Confronting the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy
from the Alliance for Excellent Education. This report calls for the federal government needs to substantially step up its role in promoting strong literacy skills at the middle and high school levels.

Segregation and Exposure to High-Poverty Schools in Large Metropolitan Areas: 2008-09 from study by faculty at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. The report ranks racial/ethnic segregation and exposure to high-poverty schools for public, primary school students in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, revealing that black and Hispanic children attend very different schools than do white children and are disproportionately concentrated in high-poverty schools.

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Posted: September 24, 2010 04:25 pm

Department of Education Announces $442 million in Teacher Incentive Fund Grants

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September 24, 2010 04:25 pm
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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced $442 million in teacher incentive fund grants and 62 winners from 27 states. According to the Department’s release, the winning applicants represent rural and urban school districts as well non-profit groups and state education organizations. The program seeks to strengthen the education profession by rewarding excellence, attracting teachers and principals to high-need and hard to staff areas, and providing all teachers and principals with the feedback and support they need to succeed.

“Nothing is more important than great teaching. These grants will help schools build a culture that celebrates excellence in the classroom and helps all teachers improve their practice,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Posted: September 24, 2010 04:11 pm

Morning Announcements: September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010 04:11 pm
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USA Today’s Kindness section picks up on America’s Promise Alliance, “100 Best Communities for Young People List”.

The Washington Post reports that when Mayor-elect Vincent Gray met with Chancellor Michelle Rhee yesterday, they talked about schools not her future in the job.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and a founder of Facebook, has agreed to donate $100 million to improve the long-troubled public schools in Newark, according to the New York Times.

In an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, David W. Gordon, Sacramento County superintendent of schools, writes, “As a school superintendent, I am acutely aware that preparing our 6.4 million students to compete in a global economy is vital for their personal success and the success of our state and nation. And as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), I am equally aware of how far we have to go.”

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Posted: September 23, 2010 05:42 pm

If Only Federal Government’s Approach to High Schools Mirrored Media Coverage

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September 23, 2010 05:42 pm
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snow-white-mirror[1].blogIn a recent article for the Education Writers Association, Linda Perlstein noted that her analysis of education articles from fifteen of the nation’s largest papers, fourteen smaller papers, and one public radio station revealed that 63 percent of articles were about high school, compared to only 37 percent for preschool through eighth grade. If only the federal government approached high schools the same way. Instead, it’s quite the opposite.

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Posted: September 23, 2010 05:00 pm

Ask the Author: Mariana Haynes

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September 23, 2010 05:00 pm
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Mariana Haynes, Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, recently wrote The Federal Role in Confronting the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy, a brief on the role that the federal government can play to advocate for a comprehensive, national, and schoolwide focus on K–12 literacy.  We sat down with Mariana to discuss the brief and ask her a few more questions on literacy. Do you have a question for Mariana? Post it in the comments section below and we will be sure you get a response.

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Posted: September 23, 2010 03:36 pm

Morning Announcements: September 23, 2010

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September 23, 2010 03:36 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsThe New Times
in Connecticut takes a look at the Latino Scholarship Fund which provides role models of successful Latinos and financial and emotional support to those who want to pursue an education beyond high school.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, school funds don’t match teacher layoffs and districts that didn’t take hits are looking for ways to spend federal job money.

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Posted: September 22, 2010 07:55 pm

Stats That Stick: September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010 07:55 pm
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Stats_That_Stick[1]Through the Alliance’s work and research, we come across some great statistics with major educational significance. Every Wednesday we will be posting our favorites here. Feel free to add in others in the comments section below.

  • The median duration of unemployment for workers 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree was 18.4 weeks as of August, compared with 27.5 weeks for high-school grads. Three years ago, that figure was roughly the same for both groups—9.5 weeks and 9.6, respectively. –Wall Street Journal
  • For public, primary schools in the 100 largest metro areas, enrollment is already “majorityminority” nationally but differs greatly across regions, with the West almost 2/3rds minority. –Diversitydata.org

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Posted: September 22, 2010 03:12 pm

Morning Announcements: September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010 03:12 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsThe Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve an overhaul of the $2.25 billion E-Rate program to give schools more options for faster Internet service, allow for community Internet service and to begin pilot programs for digital textbooks, according to the New York Times.  The program will mostly serve schools in poor and rural areas.

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Posted: September 21, 2010 04:21 pm

Morning Announcements: September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010 04:21 pm
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Morning_AnnouncementsWhile some states — including Georgia and Idaho — and virtual schools are requiring that online teachers have additional training to teach in a solely virtual environment, many states and education groups still have not addressed the issue of teacher quality for the online classroom, according to Education Week.

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