August 15, 2018

Applications Now Open for 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

THE CHRONICLE — Applications are being accepted now through October 31, 2018, for the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. This annual outside-the-classroom mentoring program is scheduled for March 21-24, 2019, at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida. The program helps 100 select high school students, ages 13-19, from across the United States jump-start their life goals and pursue their dreams. [...]

Trump’s Move to Pull Obama-Era Diversity Guidance for Schools Angers Democrats

More than a month after the Trump administration withdrew guidance designed to encourage racial diversity in the nation's public schools, Senate Democrats have rebuked the decision, saying it will lead to confusion in schools as well as at institutes of higher education and restrict opportunities for historically disadvantaged students. [...]

Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity Launches a New $600,000 Scholarship Program with UNCF and KIPP

THE CHRONICLE — Following on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more KIPP students earn a college degree. [...]

Principals Are Running for Elected Office. Here’s Why

The final straw broke in November when Aimy Steele got a call from the central office asking her to find space for five more classrooms. [...]

Federal Flash: Three Important Things In the New Perkins Career and Technical Education Law

In this week’s Federal Flash we’ll tell you three important things in the new federal career and technical education (CTE) law that is on its way to President Trump’s desk. [...]

Hip-hop Icon MC Lyte Talks about her Role as National Spox for the NNPA’s Discover The Unexpected HBCU Journalism Program

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte is the national spokesperson for the National Newspaper Publishers Association's (NNPA) Discover The Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Fellowship program. Her passion about education and her desire to create opportunities for HBCU students are two of the many reasons she partnered ... [...]

School Integration Advocates Highlight Wins and Losses, Possible Capitol Hill Action

Researchers and advocates who support school integration had a message on Capitol Hill Thursday: There are several setbacks to creating integrated schools, but new opportunities as well. [...]

NSBA comments on school discipline and info sharing

During today’s meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety, NSBA’s Chief Legal Officer, Francisco Negron, Jr. shared our insight on how information-sharing and accountability supports school officials’ commitment to eliminate disruptive behavior and violence and ensure that our schools are safe learning environments. [...]

Trump School Safety Commission Explores Privacy Laws, School Resource Officers

Educators' fear of overstepping federal student privacy laws can make it tougher for law enforcement and schools to share information that could prevent a potential school shooting, advocates told President Donald Trump's School Safety Commission at the panel's latest hearing, held in Washington on Thursday. [...]

For Teachers’ Unions to Survive, It’s Time to Go Positive for Students

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 case barred mandatory “agency fees,” dealing a telling financial blow to teachers’ unions. [...]

How MAP Growth Data Drives Performance and Becomes Part of School Culture

If principals and teachers understand how to measure student growth and support students in reaching their potential and if they truly value the ability to deliver a measure that an interim assessment like MAP® Growth® provides, then consistent data practices can become part of a school or district culture. [...]

Deeper Learning Digest: How One High School Integrated Deeper Learning Into Its Curriculum

“We wanted to increase rigor and our students’ academic abilities, so I thought [deeper learning] would make sense for our school setting.” [...]

Betsy DeVos OKs Louisiana Pitch to Use Innovative Tests Under ESSA

Louisiana is the first state to get the all clear from the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Every Student Succeeds Act's "Innovative Assessment" pilot. [...]

COMMENTARY: Trump Wants to Merge the Ed. and Labor Departments. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Idea

President Donald Trump has proposed combining the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. After asking educators for their opinions about the merger, Education Week reported that “educators, by and large, don’t seem to be fans of this idea.” [...]

Why I Chose to be the Mentor for the NNPA’s Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship Program

When I was a little girl I wanted two things: a pair of magic earrings, identical to the ones in my favorite cartoon, and to be a Fairy Princess Ballerina Astronaut [...]

COMMENTARY: You Don’t Have to Break the Bank to Give Back to HBCUs

AFRO NEWSPAPER — Earlier this year, a man named Jack Weldon Patrick passed away in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. A long-time lawyer, Patrick was remembered as a family man, an advocate for social justice, and a respected community leader. [...]

NNPA ESSA Educator Spotlight: Millennial Jarren Small Brings Innovation to Education with “LegendsDoLive”

Jarren Small, a 28 year-old, Missouri City native and community activist, launched LegendsDoLive, in an effort to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth. [...]

New workshop: Sensory Storytime Programs

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Sensory Storytime Programs with Jennifer Roy. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wed., July 25, 2018. [...]

Trump Ed. Dept. Announces New Career and Technical Education Grants

Got an idea for supporting the transition for high school Career and Technical Education students into post-secondary education and the workforce? The U.S. Department of Education wants to hear from you. [...]

NNPA, New Journal and Guide Host National Black Parents’ Town Hall in Norfolk

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) recently hosted its second National Black Parents’ Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence at the Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church in Norfolk, Va. [...]

OPINION: We Must Reform Obama’s School Discipline Policies for the Safety of Our Children

...in 2014, the Departments of Education and Justice put public schools on notice.  If they suspended or expelled students of any racial group more than any other, they could face a federal investigation. In place of discipline to punish bad behavior, they were urged to use positive reinforcement instead. [...]

AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events and critics are furious

Since 2002, the AP World History course has covered thousands of years of human activity around the planet, starting 10,000 years back. But now the College Board, which owns the Advanced Placement program, wants to cut out most of that history and start the course at the year 1450 -- and some teachers and students are appalled. [...]

How Do Districts Plan to Use Their ESSA Block Grant Money?

Many districts are about to get a big boost in funding for the most flexible piece of the Every Student Succeeds Act: the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, better known as Title IV of the law. The program just got a big, $700 million boost from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018, bringing its total funding to $1.1 billion. [...]

Can Districts Use ESSA Funds to Buy Crossing Guard Signs?

Our next question comes Nick Scott, who works for an Arizona-based company that manufactures LED crossing guard signs for school districts. Scott wants to know, essentially, if districts can use their Every Student Succeeds Act dollars to purchase crossing guard signs. Scott noted that his company has evidence it can point to that these signs really work. (ESSA is all about evidence-based practices.) [...]

House Votes to Cut Children’s Health Insurance Funding as Advocates Keep Watch

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to approve a package revoking about $7 billion in funding reserved for the Children's Health Insurance Program. The decision hasn't gone over well in the children's advocacy community. But what's next for this controversial proposal? [...]

President’s Education Awards Program: A Celebration of Student Achievement and Hard Work in the Classroom

This year, PEAP provided individual recognition to nearly 3 million graduates (at the elementary, middle and high school level) across the nation at more than 30,000 public, private and military schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Outlying Areas — American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands — and American military bases abroad. [...]

U.S. Department of Education Announces New Website to Assist State Education Policy Makers Access ESSA Resources

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network) website. The CC Network website brings together a compilation of more than 700 resources developed by 23 Comprehensive Centers and over 200 projects currently underway in states across the country and makes searching by state or topic easier. [...]

A Better Way to Talk About Education

Standardized test scores have been the driving force in U.S. education for more than two decades. But across the country, parents concerned about the psychic toll of high-stakes testing on their children have been "opting out" of testing programs. [...]

May is Children’s Mental Health Month

CAPITAL OUTLOOK — According to The American School Counselor Association (ASCA), School Counselors are to help students focus on academic, career, social and emotional development, so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. [...]

What’s in ESSA’s Big Flexible-Spending Pot – Education Week

The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants—better known as Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act—is one of the most flexible federal programs around. And it just got a huge increase, from $400 million in the 2017-18 school year to $1.1 billion for the 2018-19 school year. The program is closely watched by advocates and district officials alike, in part because the dollars can cover such a wide array of needs—from school safety training to drama clubs to science programs to suicide prevention. [...]

VIDEO: RISE 2018 — Luncheon Conversation: Every Student Succeeds Act

This luncheon plenary conversation will explore federal priorities in education, including the ways in which the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was conceptualized, developed, and put into action. The discussion will also delve into the progress and process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Finally, the conversation will illuminate areas where we have made progress in achieving excellence for our students and areas of opportunity for continued collaboration. [...]

Texas 8th-Grader Karthik Nemmani Wins 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee

THE WASHINGTON INFORMER — Although Karthik, 14, didn’t win his regional spelling bee nor his county bee, he withstood the pressure of 18 rounds of back-to-back spelling in Thursday night’s finals at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., where he correctly spelled “koinonia” (Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians). [...]

Trump Administration Considering ESSA Spending Guidance, Advocates Say – Politics K-12 – Education Week

DeVos and company have made it their mission to "right-size" the department, which they say became too powerful and too intrusive during the Obama and Bush years. For that reason, they've been reluctant to issue new guidance on a variety of topics.  [...]

How Are States Handling Testing Opt-Outs Under ESSA? – Politics K-12 – Education Week

Now, under ESSA, states must figure low testing participation into school ratings, but just how to do that is totally up to them. And states can continue to have laws affirming parents' right to opt their students out of tests (as Oregon does). ESSA also requires states to mark non-test-takers as not proficient. [...]

New Study Finds Disparities Among College Graduates

THE AFRO — A new study investigates inequity beyond college doors, showing that even Black and Hispanic students who earn tertiary degrees face disparities. [...]

COMMENTARY: We Should Teach Math Like It’s a Language

"Young people in this country are struggling to attain the proficiency necessary to pursue the careers our economy desperately needs. Universities bemoan students' inability to complete college-level math." [...]

At Trump School Safety Panel’s First ‘Field Hearing,’ Plenty of Focus on School Climate, Not Guns

Representatives of President Donald Trump's school safety commission, which is charged with making recommendations to combat school violence in the wake of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. [...]

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education. [...]

Is Silicon Valley Standardizing ‘Personalized’ Learning? – Education Week

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's seemingly helpful support of technology-driven personalized education represents a different kind of monopolizing threat that we shouldn't overlook. [...]

Can Districts Use the SAT or ACT for School Accountability Without State OK?

Do districts need state permission to take advantage of new ESSA flexibility to substitute a nationally recognized, college-entrance exam (like the SAT or ACT) instead of the state test for high-school accountability purposes? [...]

NATIONAL ESSA NEWS

Applications Now Open for 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

THE CHRONICLE — Applications are being accepted now through October 31, 2018, for the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. This annual outside-the-classroom mentoring program is scheduled for March 21-24, 2019, at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida. The program helps 100 select high school students, ages 13-19, from across the United States jump-start their life goals and pursue their dreams. […]

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NSBA comments on school discipline and info sharing

During today’s meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety, NSBA’s Chief Legal Officer, Francisco Negron, Jr. shared our insight on how information-sharing and accountability supports school officials’ commitment to eliminate disruptive behavior and violence and ensure that our schools are safe learning environments. […]

read more

New workshop: Sensory Storytime Programs

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Sensory Storytime Programs with Jennifer Roy. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wed., July 25, 2018. […]

read more

How Do Districts Plan to Use Their ESSA Block Grant Money?

Many districts are about to get a big boost in funding for the most flexible piece of the Every Student Succeeds Act: the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, better known as Title IV of the law. The program just got a big, $700 million boost from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018, bringing its total funding to $1.1 billion. […]

read more

Can Districts Use ESSA Funds to Buy Crossing Guard Signs?

Our next question comes Nick Scott, who works for an Arizona-based company that manufactures LED crossing guard signs for school districts. Scott wants to know, essentially, if districts can use their Every Student Succeeds Act dollars to purchase crossing guard signs. Scott noted that his company has evidence it can point to that these signs really work. (ESSA is all about evidence-based practices.) […]

read more
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