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Posted: October 24, 2018 09:45 am

Student Activism in the Era of Parkland and What It Means for Educators

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October 24, 2018 09:45 am
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March for Our Lives. DREAMers. Black Lives Matter. Young people are lifting up their voices and demanding a seat at the table to discuss issues of immigration, gun violence, and inequality that permeate their lives. These are problems that students carry from their homes to their schools each day.

As an educator or school leader, student activism may lead to difficult questions. Should you support your students when they stand up for change? What if your beliefs differ from theirs, or you have trouble relating to their experiences? If you want to support them, what’s an appropriate way to do so?

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Science of Adolescent Learning
Posted: October 12, 2018 02:16 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Are Your Students “Life Ready?”

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October 12, 2018 02:16 pm
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What skills do students need to be considered “life ready?” For Virginia high school graduates, they may sound familiar: “critical and creative thinkers, excellent communicators and collaborative and civic-minded citizens.” So what steps can states take to give their students opportunities for deeper learning?

This digest features stories of deeper learning in Virginia, the importance of collaboration in personalized learning, some key lessons in competency-based education and an upcoming event in Tennessee.

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Posted: October 09, 2018 01:25 pm

Explaining Teenagers’ Attraction to Social Media and Risky Behavior—And Why It’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Skyline High School in Oakland, California. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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October 09, 2018 01:25 pm
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Ever wonder why teenagers are so quick to adopt Instagram, Snapchat, and other forms of social media? Or take up X Games sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding? A new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) explains how changes in the brain make adolescents more likely to be influenced by their peers, take risks, and even become disengaged in school as their motivations change. It also includes advice and guidance for educators, parents, and policymakers.

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SAL Resource, Science of Adolescent Learning
Posted: October 01, 2018 05:03 pm

Uncovering the Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

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October 01, 2018 05:03 pm
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If you regularly interact with adolescents, whether as a parent, educator, or community member, you’ve likely noticed that there are factors that set teens apart from children of other ages. But did you know that adolescence is the second most active time of neurodevelopment in a human’s life? By better understanding what’s going on developmentally with adolescent students, educators can create learning environments that capitalize on the unique opportunities that adolescence offers.

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Science of Adolescent Learning
Posted: September 28, 2018 03:51 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Star Wars, Social Media, and Skateboarding

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September 28, 2018 03:51 pm
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Is it possible to test how creative someone is? There are quite a few tests on the internet that claim to do so. Of course, there are also “tests” on the internet than can tell you which Star Wars character you are. We know the people designing those tests are creative, but what about your regular American student?

This week’s Deeper Learning Digest covers a new creativity test designed for U.S. fifteen-year-olds and their international peers. It will also explain why fifteen-year-olds and other adolescents are hard-wired to adopt social media and take up extreme sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding. Finally, it will examine the common, the controversial, and why March—and not December—could be the most wonderful time of the year.

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Posted: September 28, 2018 11:37 am

Federal Flash: Are States Shirking ESSA Responsibilities?

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September 28, 2018 11:37 am
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Are states shirking their responsibilities around two of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) most important provisions for historically underserved groups of students? A new analysis says yes. Federal Flash delves into the findings, plus a Senate education committee hearing on ESSA implementation and the latest on the bill funding the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Posted: September 24, 2018 04:37 pm

Twelve States Do Not Count Students of Color in School Ratings

at Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C., February 23, 2017. (photo by Allison Shelley/Verbatim for the Hewlett Foundation)
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September 24, 2018 04:37 pm
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The nation’s main education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is a civil rights law that ensures states provide all children with equal access to a high-quality education—provided states carry out the law faithfully. Unfortunately, many states are shirking their responsibilities around two of the law’s most important provisions for historically underserved groups of students, according to a new analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed). All4Ed finds that twelve states do not include subgroups of students in school ratings, and sixteen states risk under-identifying schools with consistently underperforming student subgroups for targeted support. Is your state one of them?

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Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: September 24, 2018 10:57 am

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and the “Classism” of Rigorous Course Work

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September 24, 2018 10:57 am
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Research shows that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program can increase high school graduation rates for students from low-income families and better prepare students for postsecondary studies. At the same time, however, some schools chose to limit the IB program to students that they “think” will do well in it. Such a practice typically holds down participation among students of color and students from low-income families, compounding the problem that historically underserved students also attend schools that are less likely to provide access to Advanced Placement (AP), IB, and other advanced courses necessary to prepare them for college and a career.

Don’t get us wrong. We at the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) are big fans of the IB program, but there are important considerations that district and school leaders need to keep in mind when they implement the program.

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