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Sept 26, 2016 Newsletter Engaging Students in Deeper Learning Requires Engaging Assessments
By Contributing Blogger
Education Week

August 29, 2016- Research has shown that student engagement is strongly related to performance on assessment tasks, especially for English language learners and students from historically underserved backgrounds. Increasing student engagement, however, has not been the goal of standardized tests of content knowledge. In the traditional assessment paradigm, engagement has been overshadowed by a focus on equity, specifically, issues of bias and accessibility. Read more

Learning for Life: New Skills for New Jobs
By Tom Vander Ark
Education Week

Aug 29, 2016- Predicting the future is challenging, particularly when there is ample evidence that we don't really understand the world we live in. From his post in Moscow, Pavel Luksha peers into the future and attempts to understand how the world will change over the next 20 years, determine how that will affect our lives and work, predict what skills and knowledge will be required and explain how we can acquire these skills. Read more

5 Keys to Achieving Deliberate Practice
By Peter DeWitt
Education Week

Aug 30, 2016- Today's guest post is written by Kerry Elliott, Ph.D. Candidate, teacher and former elementary school leader living in Melbourne, Australia. My own schooling was made up of some great moments and some poor ones, moments that contribute to shaping my beliefs and practices as a parent, teacher and leader. During my final years of high school I saw kids around me accept paths for subjects, courses of study and prospective careers, some, determined by others. Read more

National Parks at 100: Outdoor Classrooms for Experiential Learning
By Milton Chen & Jonathan B. Jarvis
Education Week

August 25, 2016- As schools begin a new academic year, a hidden key to unlocking student success lies beyond the school building. The long-standing achievement gap is also an experience gap. In U.S. cities such as San Francisco or Washington, there are high school students who live near the Pacific Ocean or the Potomac River, respectively, but have never seen their waters. Read more

Are You Fostering a Thinking Culture?
By Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers
Education Week

August 25, 2016- All too often we think that the actions taken during instruction, like questioning or activities, are what really propel critical thinking in the classroom. We mistakenly think this alone will develop students as critical thinkers. Actually, there is another factor that is crucial­­­­--the environment. Read more

National Parks at 100: Outdoor Classrooms for Experiential Learning
By Milton Chen & Jonathan B. Jarvis
Education Week

August 25, 2016- As schools begin a new academic year, a hidden key to unlocking student success lies beyond the school building. The long-standing achievement gap is also an experience gap. In U.S. cities such as San Francisco or Washington, there are high school students who live near the Pacific Ocean or the Potomac River, respectively, but have never seen their waters. Read more

 
NAACP's Call for K-12 Charter Moratorium Is Wrong
By Howard Fuller
Education Week

August 31, 2016- The NAACP's recent call for a national moratorium on any new public charter schools represents a dramatic shift away from an approach that is working to advance the educational interests of people the NAACP has historically represented. Its action pits the organization against black families, many of whom are working-class and in desperate need of the types of educational opportunities that are being provided by charter schools. Read more
Condemnation of Charter Schools Exposes a Rift Over Black Students
By Kate Zernike
New York Times

August 20, 2016- With charter schools educating as many as half the students in some American cities, they have been championed as a lifeline for poor black children stuck in failing traditional public schools. But now the nation’s oldest and newest black civil rights organizations are calling for a moratorium on charter schools. Read more

How do we define success for gifted students?
By Felicia A. Dixon
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

August 16, 2016- How do you define success? Is it the accomplishment of one’s goals? Is it the attainment of wealth, position, honors? Is it happiness? Is it all of these, selected from a number of definitions on Wikipedia? Read more

Taking Summer School to Get Ahead, Not Catch Up
By Kyle Spencer
New York Times

August 16, 2016- GILL, Mass. — Chase Pellegrini de Paur didn’t flunk math, and he is not trying to hone his study skills. The 15-year-old honor-roll student nevertheless spent six weeks this summer studying geometry at the prestigious Northfield Mount Hermon boarding school here. Read more

Bipartisan group of state lawmakers calls for big changes to improve U.S. public schools
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

August 9, 2016- What will it take for U.S. schools to improve — not incrementally, but dramatically? That’s the question that a bipartisan group of state lawmakers from around the country set out to answer two years ago, when they embarked on a study of the world’s highest-performing school systems.  Read more

Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans
By Natasha Singer and Mike Isaac
New York Times

August 5, 2016- Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship. On Tuesday, Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned this fall to introduce a free student-directed learning system developed jointly by the social network and the charter schools. Read more

We cannot simply hire our way to a more diverse teacher workforce
By Michael Hansen and Diana Quintero
Brookings Institute

August 18, 2016- Students nationwide will be heading back to school in the coming weeks—maybe it’s already begun where you are. For school principals, back-to-school season is always a frenzy of preparation activities—and for most principals, teacher hiring is usually the biggest and most critical task in the weeks leading up to the new year. Read more

Proposed charter school gives military families more choice
By Lauren Bauer and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Brookings Institute

August 19, 2016- growing body of rigorous evidence suggests that policy interventions aimed at early childhood bear fruit for decades. For example, reductions in air pollution in the first year of life and more experienced kindergarten teachers are associated with increases in later earnings, while childhood access to food stamps and Medicaid causes better health in adulthood.  Read more

It's a Project-Based World. Let's Prepare Students For It
By Tom Vander Ark
Washington Post

August 23, 2016- As millions of students head back to school this coming year, we hope students are engaged in meaningful and joyful learning experiences that can help them learn more about who they are as individuals and what unique contributions they can make to the world. We also want them to be well prepared for what lies ahead. What does that look like? Read more
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