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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: April 17, 2019 01:09 pm

The Importance of Investing in Middle Schools

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April 17, 2019 01:09 pm
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Historically, middle school has been underrepresented, undervalued, and underfunded by policymakers when compared to other years of a student’s educational career. On the funding question, a new analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) finds that grades 6–8 received the least amount of federal funding of any grade span in Fiscal Year 2019, followed closely by grades 9–12. This lack of equitable funding can lead to poor instructional quality and a lack of challenging curriculum, but there are ways to address it.

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Posted: April 12, 2019 03:01 pm

Federal Flash: The Education Question Betsy DeVos Can’t Answer

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April 12, 2019 03:01 pm
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During a wide-ranging hearing held by the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified on a wide range of Education Department priorities.

Federal Flash covers the controversial exchanges during the hearing, including one question that DeVos struggled to answer.

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Federal Flash
Posted: April 04, 2019 10:04 am

Deeper Learning Digest: Highlights from Deeper Learning 2019

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April 04, 2019 10:04 am
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The end of March means one thing for hundreds of educators: the annual Deeper Learning conference. If you didn’t make it out to sunny San Diego last week, don’t worry, here are some highlights from the inspiring event.

Today’s digest also covers why it’s important to prioritize relationships in schools, how to motivate students for better learning experiences, and an upcoming webinar on improving education for diverse learners.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: March 29, 2019 02:50 pm

Federal Flash: Secretary DeVos Grilled on Trump Plan to Cut Education Funding

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March 29, 2019 02:50 pm
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A flurry of education hearings in the House of Representatives and Senate; All4Ed releases a new analysis on the identification of schools for support and a new video on how federal education funding can support dual enrollment; and the middle grades are celebrated.

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Federal Flash
Posted: March 28, 2019 01:47 pm

How Federal Funding Helps High School Students Get a Jump on College

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March 28, 2019 01:47 pm
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Programs such as dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school that allow students to complete college-level course work during high school are effective and increasingly popular models for improving student access, affordability, and completion of college. Such programs are particularly important for and effective at improving outcomes for students from low-income families and students of color.

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Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: March 26, 2019 11:31 am

Screened Out? How Some States May Limit the Schools, and Students, Identified for Support

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March 26, 2019 11:31 am
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Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have reimagined their school accountability systems and come up with new ways to identify schools for support and improvement. Although the federal law allows some flexibility in designing these methodologies, it requires states to identify schools for three categories of support: comprehensive, additional targeted, and targeted support and improvement (CSI, ATS, or TSI, respectively).

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Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: March 15, 2019 01:59 pm

Federal Flash: Examining President Trump’s Education Budget

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March 15, 2019 01:59 pm
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Today’s episode of Federal Flash examines which programs are funded, cut, or eliminated in President Trump’s education budget. It also covers new action from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that could prompt a lawsuit, as well as a separate court order ruling against the Education Department on students of color being disproportionally identified for special education services.

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Federal Education Budget, Federal Flash, Uncategorized
Posted: March 15, 2019 09:41 am

Deeper Learning Digest: How These High School Seniors Get Ready for College

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March 15, 2019 09:41 am
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A yearlong performance assessment may sound like a lot for a high school senior. But in Oakland, California, seniors are using their capstone projects to solve problems facing their community while building critical skills for college and careers.

Today’s digest highlights how Oakland’s Graduate Capstone Project is making a difference for high school seniors and how Oakland Unified School District is empowering students through Linked Learning. It also covers a new book on deeper learning schools and the upcoming Deeper Learning Conference.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: March 12, 2019 08:03 am

Beyond CTE: How Oakland Unified School District Empowers Youth for Life Through the Linked Learning Approach

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March 12, 2019 08:03 am
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Oakland, California. The name by itself is so rich in history it exudes feelings of nostalgia or grief—or both. The city housed the late Maya Angelou and the infamous Black Power movement and helped fuel a generation of critical dissenters to the racial and social injustices that plagued America. Like many other American cities, Oakland segregated its populace by placing African Americans into overcrowded public housing units on the city’s west side and whites into government-sponsored suburban developments on the east side. But Oakland is a city that has been raising its voice for generations.

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Linked Learning
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