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Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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July 30, 2018 01:57 pm
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“Why Do the White Teachers Always Quit?”

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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. 

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Teacher Preparation
Posted: November 28, 2017 01:38 pm

Health Care for Children Shouldn’t be a Bargaining CHIP

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November 28, 2017 01:38 pm
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When I ran for governor in 2000, my Republican opponent and I had much to disagree on. But when it came to the federally-supported Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), we only sparred over who would implement coverage more aggressively, not over the merits. Almost all policymakers recognize the importance of this bipartisan legislation enacted in 1997 in reducing the percentage of uninsured children from almost 14 percent to less than 5 percent.

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Posted: November 20, 2017 10:07 am

How Business Leaders Can Help Improve the Nation’s Schools

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November 20, 2017 10:07 am
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Nationwide, there are more than 6 million job openings according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Far too often, businesses say that there are not enough qualified applicants to fill their openings. Now, thanks to the nation’s main education law, there’s something that business can do to change that.

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College- and Career-Ready Standards, Deeper Learning, Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: November 10, 2017 12:01 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Celebrating Deeper Learning Milestones

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November 10, 2017 12:01 pm
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This week’s digest features a dive into what deeper learning looks like, a big anniversary and milestone for EL Education schools, information on the future of work, and how schools can learn from each other when implementing competency-based education.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: November 09, 2017 08:23 am

Want to Implement Personalized Learning? Permission Granted!

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November 09, 2017 08:23 am
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Can two conferences held thirty-five miles apart indicate that a personalized learning movement is growing, especially if they take place in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley? And is there a common message when talking to wide-ranging audiences of teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, cutting-edge educators, and district leaders who must confront constant challenges of running a district while envisioning the future of learning?

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Deeper Learning, Every Student Succeeds Act, Personalized Learning
Posted: October 27, 2017 02:36 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Putting Students at the Center Makes a Difference

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October 27, 2017 02:36 pm
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This week’s digest features stories on how putting students at the center transforms the learning experience. Whether it’s through capstone projects on topics selected by students, or giving students real-world work experience that is related to their interests, giving students the reins can make a difference.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: October 05, 2017 12:15 pm

The Every Student Succeeds Act: Hearing Witnesses Discuss the Appropriate Federal Role

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October 05, 2017 12:15 pm
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Did you catch the Senate education committee’s hearing on the quality of the plans that states are developing under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on October 3?

We’ve got a post-game, behind-the-scenes video with two of the four witnesses, New Mexico Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski and Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy David Steiner.

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Equity, Every Student Succeeds Act, Uncategorized
Posted: September 28, 2017 10:36 am

Documentary Film For Ahkeem Highlights the Challenges African American Youth Face in School and the Community

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September 28, 2017 10:36 am
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The film For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a seventeen-year-old African American girl from north St. Louis, Missouri. Expelled from her public high school, Shelton is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy (ICA), which offers her a last chance to earn a high school diploma. The film follows Shelton for two years, as she struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother, and falls in love with a classmate named Antonio. As her boyfriend is drawn into the criminal justice system and events in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, shine a national spotlight on racial bias and poor community-police relationships, Shelton learns that she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young African American boy.

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Posted: September 26, 2017 12:38 pm

How Important Are Ninth-Grade Grades to Future Success?

A ninth-grade student explains a new algebraic concept to his classmate.  Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action
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September 26, 2017 12:38 pm
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Chicago ninth graders who earn As and Bs experience positive academic outcomes far beyond landing on the school honor roll. Freshmen who earn higher grades are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and continue their college education for a second year. Furthermore, students’ grades during the first year of high school predict the outcomes of these important academic milestones better than do their test scores, according to a new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (the Consortium). Unfortunately, few ninth graders are earning top marks. In 2013, only half of Chicago’s ninth graders ended their year with an A or B grade point average (GPA), with students of color far less likely to earn top marks than their white peers.

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Data Systems, High School Reform
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