July 30, 2018 01:57 pm
That morning started like any other that semester. I parked in the visitor lot at the high school in San Antonio, Texas, and showed the receptionist my ID badge with the word “SUBSTITUTE” printed in bold purple letters across the bottom. She smiled and waved me to a desk in the back of the office where she handed me a sticky note with a room number on it. I made my way through the school, searching for the number, as students gathered outside their advisory classes eating their breakfasts. I found my room—an eleventh-grade chemistry class—unlocked the door and reviewed the teacher’s lesson plans for the day. Written across the board in large letters were the classroom expectations: BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE READY. In retrospect, these guidelines were perhaps a reminder for me, just as much as for the students.
The Alliance for Excellent Education’s Statement on Gun Violence in America’s Schools and Communities
March 14, 2018 09:54 am
If there are two places where children should feel safe in America, it is in their homes and schools. Unfortunately, for too many of the nation’s children, their classrooms have become killing zones. It does not matter the grade level or state; first graders in Connecticut and community college students in Oregon alike are victims of mass school shootings. No community—large, small, urban, rural, or suburban—is immune to the rash of gun-related violence. Unless the nation acts, these tragic incidents that murder our children will continue to occur.
March 12, 2018 11:50 am
What better way to wrap up the 2018 state of the state addresses than to focus on governors calling education the key to a strong economy and a pathway towards better lives for Americans?
March 06, 2018 02:19 pm
Schools and classrooms across the country buzzed with excitement on February, 22, 2018 as thousands of educators and students celebrated the seventh annual Digital Learning Day (DLDay).
The celebrations have come to an end for now, but here are three things we learned from another great DLDay:
March 05, 2018 01:48 pm
Nancy was born in Italy and brought to the United States at age five. She graduated from high school and received her bachelor’s degree from Towson University. She is one of more than 3 million Dreamers in communities across the country—undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children. Like Nancy, less than one-quarter of them have been granted deferred action from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) implemented under the Obama Administration in 2012.
Watch Nancy tell her story via the video at the bottom of this post.
February 16, 2018 03:18 pm
This week’s digest features lessons in deeper learning from a special education teacher, expansion of career and technical education opportunities in Memphis, guiding steps to move to competency-based education, and an upcoming Twitter chat. Read Entire Post
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Gains in High School Graduation Rates Mask Persistent Gaps in Postsecondary Education Enrollment for Students of Color
February 12, 2018 03:46 pm
Recent national data shows that high school graduation rates for African American and Latino students continue to climb, narrowing gaps in achievement between these students and their white and Asian peers. Yet these gains in high school graduation rates have not yet translated to comparable increases in postsecondary education enrollment and degree attainment.