‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

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Almost 76,000 black students account for 90 percent or more of the enrollment in more than a fifth of the state’s schools, and the gulf in academic outcomes is indisputable. Constructed in 1908, Durant Elementary in Durant, Miss. seemed as if they’d been written by elementary students.

Leadership as Process

Reading By Example

For example, when I arrived at my current elementary school, there was some interest in going schoolwide with the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for reading and for writing. It is October, which means it is school learning objective time.

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What to do when you have done everything you can

Reading By Example

I personally invited our legislators in our voting district to visit our elementary school. In other words, I am assuming that it is you, the reader, who is also a change agent of a better outcome for our present and future.

Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

Instead of a Reader’s Digest version of this book, I’d like to highlight five of the articles I found that most impacted me as an elementary principal in a high-poverty public school. Therefore beware prescriptive standards and outcomes that are too specific and orderly.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

What is your school doing to teach financial literacy?

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I believe personal finance should be part of every American’s lifelong learning plan, from elementary school through and into adulthood. Our report cards are among several advocacy efforts.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data


These days we do a lot of workshops and special projects around freedom of information and privacy issues and advocacy work because that act was passed back in 1992. You had some experience in research and advocacy for privacy before you started there, while you were a student.

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Two Lexia Learning Products Honored in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards


Winners and finalists were selected by a panel of educators and K-12 parents who reviewed the submissions and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development or advocacy of edtech.

Learning to Breathe: Educators Use Yoga and Meditation to Reduce Burnout


She spent many of her weekends this past fall at an elementary school in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, alongside 83 other peers, including fellow classroom teachers and other educators. Rose, who teaches first and second grade special education at Los Cerritos Elementary School in South San Francisco, felt like she was “was drowning.” According to a 2014 report by the Alliance For Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy organization, roughly half a million U.S.

Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching


Studies show that when black adolescents feel their teachers lack respect for their background, it can harm their academic outcomes.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

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Often, they’re not clear about what the goal is and how they want to evaluate changes in student outcomes,” Arnett said.

Measuring success at San Antonio’s public preschool program

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The point of the public program, as it was presented to voters in 2012, is to boost long-term educational outcomes and eventually improve the citywide workforce. Students engage in creative activities on the playground at Pre-K 4 SA North Education Center in San Antonio, Texas.

US Dept of Ed Pushes for Expansion of High-Quality Preschools

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This year, Congress is seeking to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and as a part of that goal create equity of opportunity, starting with the country’s youngest children.

Schools Embracing Data, Metrics to Improve Effectiveness

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Riverside Elementary School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin is a school that embraces data analysis across operations, Motoko Rich writes for the NY Times.

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Unmet Needs: Children with disabilities caught in the voucher crossfire

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But she was relieved of the duty when Jacob graduated from his Head Start preschool program and enrolled in a Durant Public School District elementary school. It is not free to go to Nativity BVM Elementary School, however.

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

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At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”.

Spanish-Speaking Parents Struggle to Learn How Well Schools Serve Their Children


They are like, ‘Well you know what, these kids are not even learning,’ and they’re closing a lot of schools because of that data,” says Diaz, speaking about how officials in her community have used student outcomes to justify their decisions to close schools. Both attend Dover Elementary School where student achievement in math and English decreased significantly during the last year. This story is Part I I of a two-part lo ok at parents and school data.

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How one Mississippi community copes with influx of Hispanic students

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Luis Antonio Hernandez reads a story about Cinco de Mayo to students in Christy Crotwell’s first grade class at Morton Elementary School. Morton Elementary Principal Debbie Herring on the dramatic increase in the Hispanic population.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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For those that enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data. The dismal outcomes aren’t because students with disabilities can’t handle the coursework. Adam Salomon at his high school graduation.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with disabilities. Students in Montclair State University’s dual certification program work on an assignment during class.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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Third grade students at Meeker Elementary school share an iPad in a blended learning class in Greeley, Colorado. Keith Krueger, chief executive officer of the Consortium for School Networking, a technology advocacy group, calls the digital divide in the US “the civil rights issue” of our time.

Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms

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Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education: Classroom Culture (by Teaching Tolerance): These PD activities and reflections for educators help teachers make their classrooms more open and respectful, leading to better discussions and outcomes for all students.