September 25, 2018

GAO: Action Needed to Improve Participation in HBCU Capital Financing Program

GAO REPORT — "HBCUs responding to GAO's survey reported that 46 percent of their building space, on average, needs repair or replacement. Based on a review of master plans—which assess the condition of HBCU facilities—and visits to nine HBCUs, GAO identified significant capital project needs in the areas of deferred maintenance, facilities modernization, and preservation of historic buildings." [...]

New eCourse bundle: Working with Children of All Ages

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new eCourse bundle, Working with Children of All Ages. R. Lynn Baker and Brooke Newberry will serve as the instructors for three, 4-week eCourses starting on Monday, September 10, 2018. [...]

COMMENTARY: Five Steps for Building a Better School

EDUCATION WEEK — "Some of the very structures and experiences that harken back to an earlier era in education may in fact be part of the future of teaching and learning." [...]

Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

CHICAGO – The term “family engagement” describes a shared responsibility among families, educators and communities to support children’s learning and development. Building upon the early-childhood literacy success of Every Child Ready to Read@ your library® (ECRR), PLA established a Family Engagement Initiative in 2015 to help libraries serve families of all types with children of all ages. [...]

Summit Helps HBCU Students Prepare for Pursue Law School

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Several hundred students from historically Black colleges and universities across the nation gathered at Emory University over the weekend to hear from experienced lawyers and current law school students about attending law school. [...]

Dual-Language Learning: 6 Key Insights for Schools

EDUCATION WEEK — For decades, two factors drove the demand for dual-language education: a desire to preserve native languages and recognition that dual-language learning can boost overall achievement for English-language learners. [...]

COMMENTARY: Why Forcing Taxpayers to Cover Tuition Will Make College Worse for Everyone but the Rich

Whether you are in college, hope to go to college, or planning for your children’s education, the cost of university tuition in America is on many people’s minds. Since the end of the Second World War, more and more people have enrolled in college, more colleges have expanded or been created, and the price has gone ever upwards, far outpacing ordinary inflation. [...]

NNPA Polls Black Parents on the Every Student Succeeds Act

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) announced plans to conduct a groundbreaking survey that will gauge the awareness and impact of President Barack Obama’s education law—the Every Student Succeeds Act—in the Black community. [...]

OP-ED: We Have to Get Real about the Achievement Gap between Black and White Students

Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people, overall, graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since the 2010-2011 school year. [...]

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. [...]

School Nurses Vital to Student Health, In and Out of School

NEA TODAY — “For many of these students, without nursing services, attendance would decrease or students would be unable to attend school,” says Louise Wilson, health services supervisor and a school nurse in the Beaver Dam Unified School District in Wisconsin. [...]

U.S. Department of Education Proposes Overhaul of Gainful Employment Regulations

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Education today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to rescind Gainful Employment (GE) regulations in order to provide useful, transparent higher education data to students and treat all institutions of higher education fairly. [...]

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. [...]

‘Juuling’ and Teenagers: 3 Things Principals and Teachers Need to Know

EDUCATION WEEK — There’s also a whole juuling culture online, where students share YouTube videos of how to hollow out highlighters to conceal the compact devices, and how to slide them up shirt sleeves. [...]

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. [...]

What Would a Merged Education and Labor Department Look Like?

EDUCATION WEEK — ...congressional Democrats overwhelmingly panned the proposal, which would almost certainly need their votes to pass. Republicans said the idea is worthy of consideration but haven't introduced legislation to make it a reality. [...]

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. [...]

NATIONAL ESSA NEWS

GAO: Action Needed to Improve Participation in HBCU Capital Financing Program

GAO REPORT — “HBCUs responding to GAO’s survey reported that 46 percent of their building space, on average, needs repair or replacement. Based on a review of master plans—which assess the condition of HBCU facilities—and visits to nine HBCUs, GAO identified significant capital project needs in the areas of deferred maintenance, facilities modernization, and preservation of historic buildings.” […]

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Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

CHICAGO – The term “family engagement” describes a shared responsibility among families, educators and communities to support children’s learning and development. Building upon the early-childhood literacy success of Every Child Ready to Read@ your library® (ECRR), PLA established a Family Engagement Initiative in 2015 to help libraries serve families of all types with children of all ages. […]

read more

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. […]

read more

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
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