July 20, 2018

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? [...]

COMMENTARY: School Choice Not the Right Choice for All Students

PRECINCT REPORTER NEWS — When the best educators in America traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of events celebrating innovation in the classroom and to share best practices in K-12 education, they let officials at the Department of Education and the White House know exactly how they felt about the Trump Administration’s current push for school choice programs. [...]

Formative Instructional Practice – Using the Results and Data Are What Matters

In a post about teaching techniques, Maryellen Weimer cautioned readers about loving techniques for the wrong reasons. When I talk about formative assessment or formative instructional practice, I do share information about strategies and techniques to use that support the pedagogy. [...]

7 Suggestions for Better School Discipline – Education Week

It seems pretty likely that the Trump administration will revise or rescind an Obama-era directive intended to address racial disparities in school disciplinary actions. The "Dear Colleague" letter in question, issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in 2014, has been the subject of much debate of late. [...]

State Restrictions on School Choice Earn Betsy DeVos’ Ire – Education Week

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has had difficulty selling her school choice agenda in Washington, railed against state constitutional prohibitions on public funds going to faith-based institutions, in a recent speech to a Roman Catholic organization. The target of DeVos' wrath: so-called "Blaine" amendments to state constitutions that prohibit public funds from being used for religious purposes. DeVos said those amendments, many of which originated in the late 1800s, began as "bigoted" against Catholics. [...]

Black Public Media Gets $40,000 NEA Grant

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — The Harlem-based media arts organization Black Public Media (BPM) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $40,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The allocation, one of more than $80 million in approved grants by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018, will help fund BPM’s signature public television series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. [...]

Democrats invite students affected by gun violence to intern for the summer

CHICAGO CRUSADER — House Democrats are inviting students affected by school shootings to participate in an internship program on Capitol Hill, where they will work on issues related to violence prevention. [...]

Unlocking STEM Pathways for All Students

That's the double-edged nature of gateways, and in this special report, Education Week aims to explore both facets as they relate to students' progression through science, technology, engineering, and math in K-12 schools and into their futures. [...]

DeVos: It Would Be a ‘Terrible Mistake’ for States Not to Expand School Choice

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos used a speech at the American Federation for Children's national summit in Indianapolis on Monday to rally states behind the cause of expanding school choice, even though the Trump administration won't force them to do so. [...]

OPINION: 64 Years After Ruling Segregated Schools Unlawful, But Still Exist

THE CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Maybe it’s not so hard to forget that racial segregation in public schools is supposed to be against the law because schools still are racially segregated. Heck, America still is racially segregated! Electing a Black president was monumental, but did little to change the reality of racism in America. Most recently I’ve been thinking there is no real desire to end segregation, racism and discrimination in America. [...]

Early-Grades Science: The First Key STEM Opportunity

In a Mobile, Ala., elementary school, students regularly don hard hats, goggles, and lab coats to conduct science experiments. They design ramps for toy cars, observe the process of chicks hatching in an incubator, and build beaver dams by using materials from nature and design. [...]

Free webinar on Integrating STEM and Coding into Makerspaces

CHICAGO — There’s no doubt that foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math will help tomorrow’s job seekers to excel in the future of work. However, much of this success depends on the level of STEM instruction they receive while still in elementary, middle and high school. [...]

Two Birmingham students win pitch competition on deforestation

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Two Birmingham city high school student-athletes recently won $500 to plant trees around the metro area. Jordan Embry of Ramsay High School and Kobe Howard of Wenonah High School won for their presentation on the importance of mitigating deforestation in Alabama which impressed a panel of judges at the... [...]

Protecting Our Community during National Foster Care Month

THE MADISON TIMES — In the late 1980s and early 1990s, our community was under a full-fledged attack. Crack was in our streets, it was in our schools, it was in our parks, it was in our playgrounds, and for some, it was in our homes. The epidemic wasn’t just affecting one part of the community; this impacted the entire community, leaving sons without fathers, daughters without mothers, and parents, ultimately, alone. [...]

VIDEO: Trump Panel Slammed on Slow Pace of School Safety Work – Education Week

Nearly three months—and six school shootings—since President Donald Trump created a commission to seek solutions to school violence, the Cabinet-level panel is being slammed for what critics see as its slack pace, lack of transparency, and limited representation. [...]

Our Nation’s Top Teachers Disagree with Ed Sec DeVos on School Choice

THE CHRONICLE — When the best educators in America traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of events celebrating innovation in the classroom and to share best practices in K-12 education, they let officials at the Department of Education and the White House know exactly how they felt... [...]

Why to Test Kids in Science – and How

What do chefs, politicians, mechanics, educators, and doctors all have in common? The answer is science and engineering. Most of us probably didn’t realize when we started Kindergarten that science and engineering would affect us every day for the rest of our lives. [...]

NATIONAL ESSA NEWS

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

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. […]

read more

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. […]

read more

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. […]

read more

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. […]

read more

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. […]

read more

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. […]

read more

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). […]

read more
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