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Posted: September 06, 2019 11:18 am

Ten Things to Know About Trauma and Learning

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September 06, 2019 11:18 am
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Research from neuroscience highlights that adolescence represents a critical period for brain development—second in importance only to early childhood. This research shows that adolescence is a period when the human brain develops the capacity to engage in key elements of learning, such as critical thinking and problem solving. In fact, the degree to which adults can engage in analytic thinking depends largely upon the degree to which this capacity develops during adolescence. While it is well known that adolescence is a period of heightened risk for behaviors such as truancy and substance use, the “risk” of adolescence is not solely about problem behaviors. It also is about potentially limiting the ability to thrive as an adult.  

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Posted: August 16, 2019 10:55 am

Federal Flash: Change to Free School Lunch Program Could Negatively Impact 500,000 Low-Income Students

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August 16, 2019 10:55 am
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Today’s Federal Flash covers the FCC’s proposal to alter E-rate funding, why half a million students could lose automatic eligibility for free school lunches, and updates on the appropriations process heating up in Congress.

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Digital Equity, E-Rate, Federal Flash
Posted: August 14, 2019 01:34 pm

How Can Schools Support Adolescent Students?

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August 14, 2019 01:34 pm
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Think back to your middle school experience. Do the words “awkward,” “angsty,” and “misunderstood,” come to mind? It’s no wonder that adolescence is often considered a difficult and complicated age. But given that adolescents make up nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population, not understanding and serving the needs of young people in this stage of life is not an option.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning
Posted: August 13, 2019 12:33 pm

The Challenges and Privileges of Being a First-Generation College Student

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August 13, 2019 12:33 pm
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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: August 01, 2019 03:08 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Professional Learning Strategies for Deeper Learning

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August 01, 2019 03:08 pm
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When teachers work collaboratively to identify specific student skill gaps, they can improve learning for all students more quickly.

Today’s digest highlights a professional learning strategy that encourages teachers to intentionally uncover student learning gaps, steps to help students share their learning in public, a whole school approach to professional learning, and a new podcast on preparing teachers for deeper learning.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: July 29, 2019 03:12 pm

Federal Flash: How the Federal Government Could Improve School Safety

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July 29, 2019 03:12 pm
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Today’s Federal Flash covers a flurry of activity from last week around school safety, gun violence, and school discipline. It also spotlights two new bills in Congress to help students prepare for and complete college.

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College- and Career-Ready Standards, Federal Flash, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement, Higher Education, School Climate, School Safety
Posted: July 25, 2019 07:55 am

Ideas for Enhancing School Safety Against Targeted Violence

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July 25, 2019 07:55 am
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Today at 9:30 a.m. the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on state and federal recommendations for enhancing school safety against targeted violence. In the following letter to Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and top Democrat Gary Peters, Alliance for Excellent Education President Deb Delisle outlines our ideas to ensure that students and educators feel safe in schools and are safe in schools.

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School Climate, School Safety
Posted: July 18, 2019 01:24 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: The Best Way to Learn Science

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July 18, 2019 01:24 pm
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Memorizing facts doesn’t lead to great scientists. Bringing experiments and projects to life, on the other hand, will not only stick with students longer but ensure they have more fun learning.

Today’s digest highlights real-world application in science teaching, exploring the secret to great teaching, a new podcast on sports and social-emotional development, and how to encourage students to think about how they learn.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: July 17, 2019 04:18 pm

Did Busing Work?

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July 17, 2019 04:18 pm
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In the years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, school districts turned to busing students to achieve racial diversity. Today, sixty-five years after the Brown decision, did busing work? What do research and advocates say about busing, its impact, and possible solutions for an education system in which many U.S. schools are more segregated today than they were decades ago?

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#OurChallengeOurHope, Brown vs. Board
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