How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

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It’s just been exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Rebeca Shackleford, the director of federal government relations at All4Ed, an education advocacy nonprofit. The Oakland Reach, a parent-led advocacy group that works with underserved communities, also joined the partnership.

How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

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Frankly, students didn’t lose anything, they just never had the opportunity to learn it,” said Allison Socol, an assistant director at The Education Trust, a nonprofit education research and advocacy organization.

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They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

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During a pandemic, when there’s no uniform way of counting attendance, Hedy Chang, director of the advocacy group Attendance Works, has seen districts rethinking some of these rules, with their ability to do so varying on state flexibility.

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STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

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I also definitely want to be heavily involved in advocacy for young black youth, or, for youth in general, and just promoting student leadership. Many times, I find, some of my friends go into a classroom, and they’re dealing with things at home. They bring that into the classroom, and the teacher assumes that it’s targeted towards them. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices.

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

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Candace Cortiella, the director of The Advocacy Institute. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. And that’s not the case,” said Candace Cortiella, the director of The Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., Within each disability, there is variance in severity and how the disability reveals itself in a classroom. How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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Kids work alone and in small groups; they sit at tiny desks and on beanbags and sofas scattered around the classroom. Leave this field empty if you're human: Personalized learning argues that the entrepreneurial nature of the knowledge economy and the gaping need, diversity and unmanageable size of a typical public school classroom are ill-served by the usual arrangement of a teacher lecturing at a blackboard.

Improving reading skills and SEL through text-based discussions

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A recent edWebinar led by Bobbi Bear, director of customer advocacy for Achieve3000, identified effective ways to integrate SEL with reading instruction, through classroom conversations about nonfiction and fiction texts. SEL also decreases behavioral issues, dropout rates, drug use, and teen pregnancy, so the advantages of including it in elementary and secondary classes are clear.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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Using small yellow and orange squares of paper and lengths of yarn stretched between tables and chairs, sixth-grade math students made number lines — including everything from fractions to negative decimals — in a classroom at Walsh Middle School. The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.

STUDENT VOICE: Black boys need the guidance and mentorship of black male teachers

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Studies show that the effect of having a black male teacher, especially between grades 3 and 5, decreases the dropout rate among black male students by 30 percent and increases the likelihood of black students aspiring to higher education.

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Segregated schools are still the norm. Howard Fuller is fine with that

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Inside, the walls of the commons area are covered with college pennants, and on the door of each classroom is a sign displaying the teacher’s alma mater, a collegiate emphasis typical of urban charter schools. Fuller launched his chief advocacy arm for school choice, the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, housed at Marquette University, more than two decades ago. School founder Howard Fuller visits with students at the Milwaukee Collegiate Academy charter school.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

A recent edWebinar led by Bobbi Bear, Director of Customer Advocacy for Achieve3000, identified effective ways to integrate SEL with reading instruction, through classroom conversations about nonfiction and fiction texts. SEL also decreases behavioral issues, dropout rates, drug use, and teen pregnancy, so the advantages of including it in elementary and secondary classes are clear.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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Among the many other problems dragging down Puerto Rico’s stagnant economy, made worse by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, is a huge high school dropout rate and, among those students who do manage to graduate, a comparatively low trajectory to college — especially college on the mainland — and a high dropout rate there, too. Desirée Morales Díaz, who was accepted to American University but couldn’t afford to go there. “My My dad said, ‘I’ll just take two jobs.’

‘State-sanctioned violence:’ Inside one of the thousands of schools that still paddles students

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Superintendents then leave it up to principals and often parents to decide whether to use corporal punishment on a given student, creating unequal systems of discipline within the same communities and even the same classrooms. COLLINS, Miss. —

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Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

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You can change one simple thing to help transform your classroom. ” We have a significantly low dropout rate and high on-time graduation rate in Albemarle. Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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The bad news is we’re not seeing a lot of innovation or discussion around personalized learning,” said Claire Voorhees, national policy director for the Tallahassee, Florida-based Foundation for Excellence in Education, an advocacy group for personalized learning. In a personalized classroom, students are taught how to take control of their own learning, so that they can take different pathways to gain understanding of concepts.

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Wherever classrooms are open, there will likely be some form of social distancing and other hygiene measures in place that challenge traditional teaching and learning. A national survey by the advocacy group ParentsTogether found big gaps by income in the ability to access emergency learning.

More students are graduating but that’s not the whole story

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who used a press call with reporters to showcase some of the Obama administration’s flagship efforts, such as investing in high-quality early childhood programs, offering competitive grants for school improvement, and boosting classroom technology capabilities , particularly in high-need urban and rural communities. Deering High School graduation at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images.

Celebrating “Community Ready”

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By engaging in the local community through her research, she proposed a local way to address the problem of Latino dropout rates at her school, asking that the school offer translation support for parents to talk with teachers at the beginning of each semester to check in on a student’s progress. In each of the above examples, students’ passions led them to express themselves in some powerful way, whether that was video, blog, advocacy, or research.

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Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT.” “ Are ‘Smart’ Classrooms the Future? Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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Ten years later, the couple sat across a wooden table from Caleb, now 16, a high school dropout and, as of September, survivor of a suicide attempt. Aspects of Caleb’s time in GNETS were echoed by the families interviewed — a sense that they could do nothing to get their children back into local schools once they were in the system and a hopelessness in the face of violence and chaos in the classrooms. Classrooms were off a hallway with locked doors at both ends.

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” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. Testing, Testing… Via the Hechinger Report : “On a classroom-based test for new teachers , black teachers score lower.” ” “A Conveyor Belt of Dropouts and Debt at For-Profit Colleges ” by Susan Dynarski.

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Via The Salt Lake Tribune : “Lawmaker: Utah ‘s veteran educators may need to ’die off ’ before technology fills classrooms.” “ Is higher ed creating the next dropout factories? It’s building this little web that turns the user into a mostly passive consumer of mostly western corporate content,” says Ellery Biddle, Global Voices’ advocacy director. (National) Education Politics. “Who Is Betsy DeVos ?”


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Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” “New study raises concerns about impact of automated social media advocacy on education coverage,” says Alexander Russo. Data and “Research” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Study details tool to help professors measure how much active learning is happening in their classrooms.” Education Politics.