I Can’t Tell Them What They’ll Do (Classrooms, Justice, and Legacies)

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I expect them to acclimate to these academic standards while sympathizing with their hunger and growing pains. I have guidelines in my classroom, not rules. I arrive in my classroom every morning at around 7:20 am, 40 minutes before my students trickle in.

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan

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Eliminating school library programs and certified school librarian positions deprive students of rich learning opportunities, jeopardize academic and reading achievement, and perpetuate educational inequities.

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New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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Public school students in Texas will be using a new textbook for their social studies class when they begin school again in the fall — and the controversial contents of the text will be based on state academic standards that skirt the issue of racial segregation and leave out information about the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. In 2010, members of the state board of education revised the state’s social studies standards to adjust for what they called a liberal slant.

We know how to provide good child care, we just don’t insist on it

The Hechinger Report

Oh, and be sure to arrange some art projects, outdoor exploration, and reading time since loosely organized activities like these help toddlers develop their self-expression, explore their worlds, and learn basic pre-academic skills. Only 18 states meet or beat NAEYC’s standards for the entirety of the 2-year-old year, according to a 50-state scan by the Teacher Project and the Hechinger Report of licensing requirements for child care programs in each state.

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves

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How does this happen–especially when you have a very specific daily learning target you’re trying to meet in pursuit of an academic standard? They may not lead to the precise mastery of the standard or objective in your Carnegie unit or Hunter’s lesson plan, but they’re thinking. Allow them to read with choice–without guidelines or external pressure. Make sure they can explain the significance of an idea, skill, or other academic topic.

Why all screen time isn’t created equally

The Hechinger Report

She’s also come up with guidelines based on what a scant – but growing – body of research is finding. Guernsey calls her guidelines the three C’s — for media consumption: content, context, and your child; they come with a series of questions that can be tailored to each child. It’s a tempting thought: Put a toddler in front of a computer or video with the right program and they’ll quickly acquire skills like reading, writing and early math.

What’s Ahead for Special Education?

Digital Promise

It also ensures that FAPE is tied to the academic standards for the grade in which the student is enrolled. The guidance emphasizes what’s called “standards-based IEPs,” which ensure that IEPs (individualized education plans) focus on how to help students access grade-level content tied to academic standards. It’s trying to get schools to move away from creating either very remedial IEPs or IEPs unrelated to academics.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. Department of Education to release a series of guidelines for their education.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

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This short book offers 4 standards for prioritizing in your classroom: Rigor, Thought, Diversity, and Authenticity. It defines each, and offers a helpful rubrics to begin measuring how each standard does or does not function in your classroom. Driven by Data “offers valuable tips and general guidelines about data-based methods and the difficulties surrounding the implementation of data-driven instruction.” 16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

The Hechinger Report

Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. That’s a very exciting thing … watching them academically really open up.

At School Grounded in Soul Music, Priorities Shift for Common Core

MindShift

We are definitely putting academics first,” she added. Arts advocates argue that music, drama and art classes are critical for a well-rounded education (and Brown says music should be considered an academic course). But as states have begun rolling out the Common Core standards, integrating the arts has become more challenging — even for schools like Soulsville. It is an example of how the music occasionally trickles into even the regular academic classes.

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This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time. Combined, Faria and Rubicon will serve over 10,000 schools in 130 countries with curriculum support for over 600 academic standards.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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But at Memorial Elementary School , one of two elementary schools in New Hampshire’s Sanborn Regional School District , administrators and teachers are given the freedom to experiment with cutting-edge ideas not in spite of district and state guidelines, but because of them. Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way. high school with a traditional diploma, proving that his disability didn’t prevent him from meeting the same standards as his peers.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

The Common Core standards, a set of English and math guidelines adopted by more than 40 states, challenge many commonly held beliefs — including how best to teach children to read. Some of the benchmarks are just way above the children’s heads; I honestly don’t think their brains are ready for some of the standards.”. For teaching veterans like Claudia Pinheiro, a fourth-grade teacher at Roberto Clemente, Common Core standards fundamentally altered how she teaches.