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High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group. Nationwide, the percentage of Hispanic or Latino adults ages 25 or over with a diploma has risen from 53 percent in 1995 to 72 percent last year, says the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

Teaching Students to Advocate at Their Own IEP Meetings

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Did you know that students with disabilities are allowed to attend their own IEP meetings ? Most special education teachers, leaders, and advocates highly encourage students to participate in and eventually lead their IEP meetings.

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CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM. They encourage self-advocacy skills and foster a growth mindset through t heir award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs , along with a digital platform for educator professional learning.

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The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

At the time the flipped approach was all the rage and best suited for the resources we had and the age group of our kids. The goal was to make the learning experience more personal for our students while better meeting their individual needs in the process. Herein lies the impetus of the work at Wells Elementary schoo l the past two years. Path Pace Place Choice Voice Advocacy Models There are many mainstream models out there that can be used to blend effectively.

How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

The Hechinger Report

In school-provided gloves and masks, they try to meet students and parents outside on front porches or at a neighborhood park to follow social distancing rules. Santiago-Diaz said sometimes they’ll send a private link via Google Meet to students who seem to be having trouble.

Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

With limited education opportunities available inside the camp for the 13-18 age group, Hello Future saw a gap that could be bridged through media and digital literacy, the ability to find, create and share content online.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

CUE Advocacy Update. Defining computer science education principles to meet needs of K-12 students. The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. Increase the availability of rigorous computer science for all students, especially those who are members of underrepresented groups.

Is the pandemic our chance to reimagine education for students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

Meghan Whittaker, director of policy and advocacy at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. You talk to anybody at a school or staff about the need, and whether they have what they need to meet the needs of these kids.

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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If schools don’t overhaul discipline, ‘teachers will still be calling the police on our Black students’

The Hechinger Report

But this summer, after five years of testifying at nearly every Madison school board meeting about the importance of removing police from schools, Adams found herself crying for a different reason.

Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

The Hechinger Report

Cardona probably first caught the collective eye of the state’s education and political leaders in 2010 when he was appointed co-chairman of a legislative task force studying the state’s intractable academic achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups. FROM OUR PARTNER.

How much will it take to reopen, catch up kids, and save public schooling long term?

The Hechinger Report

Have governments spent enough money to meet the unexpected and very steep costs of the last year? Teachers throughout Arizona, including this group in Phoenix, staged a walkout strike in 2018 in support of better wages and state funding for schools.

Forget civics class: Students want to make a difference in real life

The Hechinger Report

Some school districts, local governments and nonprofit groups across the country have galvanized this youth activism by giving students opportunities to participate in leadership roles and democracy in ways that go beyond civics classes and student government. OAKLAND, Calif.

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Thousands of families in special education limbo

The Hechinger Report

Not all districts have complied, said Dustin Rynders, a supervising attorney with the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas. “In The district has tried to complete portions of IEP evaluations remotely when possible and resumed face-to-face evaluation meetings in late August, she added.

‘We just pick up the pieces’: As a new school year starts, this Mississippi Delta community is fighting for survival

The Hechinger Report

With almost 1,200 — or one in five — of the county’s residents out of work, the demand for food assistance has escalated in a community where thousands of families already struggled to make ends meet before the virus came here.

The Many Formats of Book Club

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Nine other elementary schools in our district also read the book. My students connected with Angie Pendley’s students at Gaines Elementary. The family book club read at home on their own and we held one face-to-face meeting at the end of the book. We had about 21 families reading the book, so I hoped to have a large group discussion. However, due to many schedule conflicts, we had a very small group.

‘It’s very hard for us to get things we need’: Thousands of Mississippi teens face hunger and homelessness in pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Justin Lofton, director of Youth Engagement and Advocacy for the group, said a large percentage of applicants said their parents hadn’t yet received unemployment benefits after losing their jobs as a result of coronavirus closures, increasing the financial strain on their families. The 17-year-old lives with a guardian and considered taking on a part-time job to help make ends meet.

Column: As Betsy DeVos steps down, critics hope it is time to put the public back in public education

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at a White House meeting, March 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Parents are panicking, giving up their careers and spending thousands of dollars on piecemeal solutions for the school year

The Hechinger Report

I’m usually 10 minutes late to Zoom meetings on my own. No way I can guarantee I can have both my kids on a different schedule of Zoom meetings on time.”. The Austin Facebook group that Mancha-Sumners co-created is full of parents for whom the cost of a learning pod is out of reach.

How Teachers are Leaning on Each Other to Stay Resilient During COVID-19

MindShift

Even before COVID-19 , recent studies found that 93% of elementary school teachers and 94% of middle school teachers experience high stress. The support group met twice weekly in the spring. That’s a familiar story for Ruqayyah Adisa, a member of the Teach Plus group with Zayas.

Reach out!: Web-Based Advice Service for School Librarians

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And we thought by enabling individual members to reach out with their challenges, we’ll have enough of us involved that someone on our team is likely to have experience in meeting a specific challenges.

OPINION: Mocked by his teacher for his ambition as a fourth-grader, this Black father is all-in on charter schools for his own children

The Hechinger Report

When I was in fourth grade at an elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, my teacher held a career day, where my classmates and I were to come dressed for the jobs we hoped one day to hold. He is in the process of organizing an education advocacy group called P.O.W.E.R.

Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities. We see kids whose challenges don’t show up on their report card, so they aren’t getting services,” said Jennifer Choi, a parent and founder of the advocacy group 2eNYC and a trustee of the nonprofit Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy.

Using teacher-leaders to improve schools

The Hechinger Report

The model stems from an idea laid out in a paper almost a decade ago by Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel, co-presidents of Public Impact, an education advocacy organization. One of Edgecombe’s elementary schools created three teacher-leader positions to focus on improving literacy among students in third grade and younger. That means approximately 1,600 teachers and 50,000 students are teaching and learning under this model, the group says.

What If Schools Viewed Outdoor Learning as ‘Plan A’?

Edsurge

and since learning inside was deemed dubious at best, the classroom was moved outdoors, where group gatherings were considered safe. In June, the group mobilized. The National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative's 10 working groups.

Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

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In 2017, the district opened MOSAIC, a personalized learning elementary school, and created the MyPath program, which allows high school students to create their own class. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: September 22, 2017 State board won’t check if all ECOT claims are accurate | The Columbus Dispatch → After overpaying ECOT more than $60 million in a single school year because the school submitted attendance claims it couldn’t prove, the state Department of Education now will trust the besieged e-school and its sponsor that it meets criteria to now become a drop-out recovery school. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: September 22, 2017 State board won’t check if all ECOT claims are accurate | The Columbus Dispatch → After overpaying ECOT more than $60 million in a single school year because the school submitted attendance claims it couldn’t prove, the state Department of Education now will trust the besieged e-school and its sponsor that it meets criteria to now become a drop-out recovery school. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

The Federal Communications Commission estimates that about 21 million Americans lack broadband access, with an independent research group indicating the actual number is twice as high. In Massachusetts, she said, more than half of the households watching the WORLD channel during the first week of educational programming were those with incomes of less than $25,000 a year, a group far less likely to have reliable internet access.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Once I was speaking in Virginia and some teachers told me I had to meet Pam, that she was a “teacher’s and student’s superintendent.” Pam: One of the things that’s pretty interesting since the last time we talked, Vicki, is that I was part of a group originally in 2010 that started lobbying of superintendents. Pam Moran on episode 231 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

How Schools Struggle to Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities

MindShift

Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities. We see kids whose challenges don’t show up on their report card, so they aren’t getting services,” said Jennifer Choi, a parent and founder of the advocacy group 2eNYC and a trustee of the nonprofit Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy.

How Families are Pushing Schools to Teach Reading Skills More Effectively

MindShift

Members of the NAACP and an advocacy organization called Oakland REACH , started by Oakland parents whose kids attend the district’s lowest performing schools, have coalesced around a campaign for better reading instruction they’re calling Literacy for All. Continuing Advocacy.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

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Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements? By Robert Low.