DCPCSA June 2016 Newsletter

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July 2016 Newsletter Turning Students Into Global Citizens
By Fernando M. Reimers
Education Week

July 29, 2016- We are living in a world that is increasingly interdependent. Local and global affairs are deeply intertwined, and technology has transformed the ways in which most people interact, access knowledge, work, and participate civically. Read more

3 Reasons We May Never Be Like Finland
By Peter DeWitt
Education Week

July 29, 2016- Finland. For years it's all we have heard about in the world of education. For good reason, because not only do they outperform us on international assessments, but more importantly their teachers are highly thought of in their country. Additionally, students seem to seamlessly walk in to Finnish classrooms and begin reading when they want to, and continue that love of reading throughout life. Read more

Paying Early-Childhood Educators Fairly
By Walt Gardner
Education Week

July 27, 2016- Pay for those caring for children is directly linked to the ages of their charges, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment ("Where Child-Care Workers and Early Educators Earn the Most and Least," The Wall Street Journal, Jul. 12).  For example, the median national wage for workers caring for infants was $9.77 an hour last year.  Preschool teachers' median pay was $13.74, while kindergarten teachers earned $24.83 an hour. In light of the importance of the first few years in a child's life, the disparities are disturbing. Read more

We Should Measure Students' Noncognitive Skills
By Jonathan E. Martin
Education Week

July 27, 2016- When a 9th grader in Salt Lake City—let’s call him Arnoldo—refused to do any work in his English class, his teachers weren’t finding a way to connect with him. The school’s social-emotional-learning teacher gave him an assessment of his noncognitive skills and saw he was struggling in resiliency and social awareness.Read more

Dropout-recovery report cards: Are standards set appropriately?
By Sarah Souders and Aaron Churchill
Thomas Fordham Institute

July 12, 2016- In a previous blog post, we urged Ohio’s newly formed Dropout Prevention and Recovery Study Committee to carefully review the state’s alternative accountability system for dropout-recovery charter schools. Specifically, we examined the progress measure used to gauge student growth—noting some apparent irregularities—but didn’t cover in detail the three other components of the dropout-recovery school report cards: graduation rates, gap closing, and assessment passage rates. Let’s tackle them now. Read more

Gifted education standards to guide teaching and deepen student learning
By George Betts
Ed Excellence

July 20, 2016- Ensuring that highly able learners are recognized through systematic programming is of the highest importance. All teachers must be able to recognize a high-ability student who needs more depth and complexity in instruction or a referral for further assessment and services. Read more

The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read
By KJ Dell’Antonia
New York Times

July 23, 2016- My children need to read this summer. They’re in the middle of a long vacation from school, and I want them to enjoy it — but I also want them to be able to pick up their education where they left off when school starts again in the fall. Read more

How to Improve Teacher Training
By Mary Ellen Levin, Frances Curio, Larry Hoffner, Dennis Clausen
New York Times

July 18, 2016- The medical model works only to a point when applied to teacher education. There are millions more prekindergarten to grade 12 teachers than doctors. Teaching candidates cannot all travel to colleges and universities that have the resources to run professional practice schools, or model schools, where hand-selected classroom teachers train interns or student teachers with the help of college faculty. Instead, the teaching candidates are prepared in hundreds upon hundreds of places, in undergraduate and graduate programs. Read more

The accountability legacy of a hundred-year-old decision
By Andy Smarick
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

July 7, 2016- Over the last few months, my work on ESSA implementation and my thinking about new systems of urban schools have come together. I have a new hypothesis. And I think it has some interesting implications. I now believe that our current understanding of “state accountability systems” is a reflection of a decision made one hundred years ago. When America started systematizing public education at the turn of the twentieth century, we made a very different choice from other Western nations. Instead of embracing a wide variety of nonprofit and government school providers from which families could choose, we determined that each geographic area would have a single government-run operator that would assign kids to schools based on home address. Read more

Tradeoffs, not absolutes, on suspension and expulsion
By Paul Hill
Thomas B Fordham Institute

July 6, 2016- The ongoing exchange about suspensions and expulsions in charter schools needs to be seen from the school’s perspective. As a school of choice, a charter has two obligations: to maintain a climate conducive to learning, as it promises the families who choose it, and to do all it can to meet the needs of the students it has admitted. These can provoke tension when individual children disrupt others' learning or threaten to tear down the norms of diligence that support instructional programs. Read more

Train Teachers Like Doctors
By Shael Polakow-Suransky, Josh Thomases and Karen Demoss
New York Times

July 8, 2016- AMERICA is facing a wave of teacher shortages that threatens our ability to deliver on the promise of quality education. Baby boomer retirements and high rates of teacher turnover, coupled with steep drops in enrollment in teacher-preparation programs, have contributed to this growing crisis. Some states, like California, now have shortages in nearly every subject area, affecting students across the state. Read more
Charters deserve fair share of funds (page 7)
By Jack McCarthy, Patricia Brantley, Joe Smith, Dane Anderson, Linda Moore
Northwest Current

July 27, 2016- The public charter school students in Washington, D.C., are not being treated fairly. Charter schools educate nearly half of all public school students in the city, most of whom are children of color from low-income house- holds. Read more

For inner-city youth, there’s a new game in town: Rugby
By Justin Wm. Moyer
Washington Post

July 28, 2016- Anyone who has played football or soccer will recognize the big idea behind rugby: Keep the ball moving forward and try hard. “If the ball goes backwards, somebody get it,” said Jaron Henry, coach of the Raymond Raiders, an all-black, mostly female, under-11 rugby squad based at Shaw’s Raymond Recreation Center in the District. Read more

D.C. school gains autonomy with localized charter management
By Emily Leayman
Education Watchdog

July 21, 2016- D.C. Scholars Public Charter School will no longer have to answer to a charter management company based out of Philadelphia. Scholar Academies, which runs schools in D.C., Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J., and soon in Memphis, is dissolving into locally based management organizations. The D.C. Public Charter Board granted the school’s request to change the organization to the newly formed D.C. Scholars Community Schools. Read more

D.C. measure threatens funding for charter school facilities
By Emily Leayman 
Education Watchdog

July 12, 2016- Charter school leaders and advocates are worried about the repercussions of a  proposed D.C. Council bill aimed at identifying facility funding needs, particularly a provision that would withhold money for not submitting adequate data or allowing government inspections. Read more

D.C. school lottery may cause parental anxiety, but it’s a research gold mine
By Joe Heim
Washington Post

July 11, 2016- The annual anxiety-inducing lottery for the District’s public and charter schools can be a headache for parents. But for public policy researchers, it’s proving to be a data gold mine, providing information on what parents value most in schools and what factors influence their decisions about where to send their children. Read more

Goodwill is opening a D.C. charter school to help adults get a high school diploma
By Perry Stein
Washington Post

July 18, 2016- Dovette Little has always wanted to be a lawyer. As a high school student in Southeast Washington, she enrolled in a specialized program to become a court stenographer so she could learn the ins and outs of a courtroom. But at the time, she says, school wasn’t for her, and she dropped out and landed a job at a Capitol Hill cafe her sophomore year. Read more

FOIA: About 40 Percent of All D.C. Public Schools Have An Accessibility Issue
By Andrew Giambrone
Washington City Paper

July 5, 2016- More than two-fifths of all D.C. public schools have had at least one infrastructure issue for people with disabilities in recent months—though officials are working to fix the problems—a public-records request obtained by City Paper shows. Read more

Is it becoming too hard to fail? Schools are shifting toward no-zero grading policies
By Moriah Balingit and Donna St. George
Washington Post

July 5, 2016- School districts in the Washington area and across the country are adopting grading practices that make it more difficult for students to flunk classes, that give students opportunities to retake exams or turn in late work, and that discourage or prohibit teachers from giving out zeroes. Read more

Newest D.C. charter school board member stresses outcomes
By Emily Leayman
Education Watchdog

July 6, 2016- Saba Bireda has served on the D.C. Public Charter School Board for a little less than two weeks, but working for more than 10 years on the challenges faced by charters had long ago cemented her dedication to the movement. For Bireda, equitable education for all children has always been a focus of her work. Read more

Obama administration proposes new rules for K-12 standardized testing
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

July 6, 2016- The nation’s new federal education law makes room for states to design and try out new and better ways to measure what kids know, because just about everyone agrees on this: Standardized tests as currently delivered in U.S. public schools leave something to be desired. Read more

How much do we really know about closing the achievement gap?
By Eric Schulzke
Deseret News

July 6, 2016- When kids struggle with poverty and neglect at home, can they get a boost at a boarding school? According to a new study of a prominent effort in the nation's capital, the answer is maybe not. The SEED school of Washington, D.C., is a public charter with a twist. Read more

Since 1980, spending on prisons has grown three times as much as spending on public education
By Emma Brown and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Washington Post

July 7, 2016- State and local spending on prisons and jails has grown three times as much over the past three decades as spending on public education for preschool through high school, according to a new analysis of federal data by the U.S. Education Department. Read more

Preparing Teachers for Next Generation Science Standards
By Lauren Madden
Education Week

July 5, 2016- As a faculty member at the College of New Jersey, I wear many hats. Most importantly, I prepare college students to become pre-K-12 science teachers. Since the fall of 2013, I have been using the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, to frame my courses so that my students can learn how to use them in their teaching. Read more

Next Gen Science Standards: A New Vision for Science Education (Video)
By Carmen Rojas
Education Week

July 24, 2016- The Common Core State Standards in math and English/language arts have gotten a lot of attention over the past few years, but another set of new standards—for science—has been redefining instruction in American classrooms with much less controversy. The Next Generation Science Standards, being implemented in 18 states, emphasize learning science by doing science. Read more
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