DCPCSA December 2012 Newsletter
 
 

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December Newsletter 2012
  1. Schools Ring Closing Bell
  2. Friendship Collegiate overwhelms Dunbar in inaugural DCSAA championship, 48-12
  3. D.C. paid $3 million to send nonresidents to private schools
  4. For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing
  5. 30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn
  6. Teachers leaning in favor of reforms
  7. In consideration of D.C. school boundaries
  8. D.C. may restore ombudsman to field parents complaints, concerns about schools
  9. Washington Latin Public Charter School preps for move
  10. Gates Foundation gives $25 million to help charters, traditional schools cooperate
  11. Is big disruption good for urban school districts?
  12. How a D.C. High School Football Team Beat All Odds
  13. Brookings ranks the District No. 3 in nation for school choice
  14. U.S. students continue to trail Asian students in math, reading, science
  15. Elementary Pupils Immersed in Foreign Language
  16. The Essential Common-Core Ingredient
  17. When Teachers Leave, Students Lose Ou
  18. D.C. releases results of nation's first-ever standardized test on health and sex ed
  19. D.C. charter schools band together to form new high school with focus on foreign language
  20. The next civil right: High-quality public education
  21. Let charter schools use shuttered school buildings
  22. Phil Mendelson makes changes with D.C. Council committees
  23. D.C. students score low on nutrition, disease prevention tests
  24. Neuroscience in Schools
  25. Should school choice work like bank choice?
  26. All D.C. charter schools shouldn't have to admit nearby kids first, panel says
  27. 'School-to-prison pipeline' hearing puts spotlight on student discipline
  28. DCPS scores have not improved with reforms
  29. D.C. students' test scores better on health than reading and math
  30. NAEP Data on Vocabulary Achievement Show Same Gaps
  31. New charter high school formed by consortium of language immersion programs
  32. D.C. third-graders have not improved in math, reading since 2007
  33. David Catania for education chairman
  34. D.C. creates five-year schools plan
  35. What's the rush to close D.C. schools?s
  36. Three R's of Narrative Nonfiction
  37. White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions
  38. New Multimillion-Dollar Education Investment in Southeast
  39. D.C. charter schools eye city's first pre-K-12 language immersion
  40. New Student-Poverty Measures Proposed for National Tests
  41. Evaluating Principals Through Test Scores: Harder Than You'd Think
  42. Blacks falling behind in science education
  43. Charter Schools and Interscholastic Sports

Schools Ring Closing Bell
By Stephanie Banchero
Wall Street Journal

December 2, 2012- At Davis Elementary in this city's mostly poor southeast section, 178 students are spread out in a 69-year-old building meant to hold 450. Three miles away, the new, $30 million KIPP charter school teems with 1,050 children. Toddlers crawl over a state-of-the-art jungle gym and older students fill brightly decorated classrooms. A waiting list holds 2,000 names. Read more

Friendship Collegiate overwhelms Dunbar in inaugural DCSAA championship, 48-12
By Roman Stubbs
Washington Post

December 1, 2012- Play after play in Saturday’s D.C. Statewide Athletic Association title game, Friendship Collegiate left tackle Derwin Gray battered former teammates on Dunbar’s defense, looking every bit like the 6-foot-5, 290-pound standout that he is. A year ago, this title game didn’t exist Read more

D.C. paid $3 million to send nonresidents to private schools
By Lisa Gartner
Washington Examiner

December 2, 2012- The District spent about $3 million to send 47 special education students who were not D.C. residents to private schools last year, school officials told The Washington Examiner. Read more

For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing
By Motoko RIch
New York Times

December 4, 2012- Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels. Read more

30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn
By Julie DeNeen
Edudemic

December 24, 2012- Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door? People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Read more

Teachers leaning in favor of reforms
By Jay Mathews
Washington Post

December 6, 2012- Teachers appear to be changing their minds about how they should be hired, assessed, paid and dismissed. This merits attention because we cannot have good schools if teachers are not happy with their compensation and working conditions. Read more

In consideration of D.C. school boundaries
By Mary Cheh
The Current

December 5, 2012- pg. 11- There have been numerous important discussions over the past few weeks concerning schools boundaries and a bill I introduced some months ago that recently had two hearings. Read more

D.C. may restore ombudsman to field parents complaints, concerns about schools
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

December 5, 2012- D.C. parents may soon be able to take their complaints and concerns about city education to an independent ombudsman charged with helping them navigate D.C. public schools and public charter schools. Read more

Washington Latin Public Charter School preps for move
By Michael Neibauer
Washington Business Journal

December 5, 2012- Washington Latin Public Charter School has started prep work for its move next year to the former Rudolph Elementary School, at 5200 Second St. NW in Petworth. A permit was issued Tuesday for interior demolition at all levels of the school building. Read more

Gates Foundation gives $25 million to help charters, traditional schools cooperate
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post

December 5, 2012- Seven cities that are forging new bonds between traditional public schools and public charter schools received $25 million in private funds Wednesday to propel their progress.  Read more

Is big disruption good for urban school districts?
By Jay Mathews
Washington Post

December 4, 2012- My colleague Emma Brown has been looking closely at Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s plans to close one of every six traditional D.C. public schools. In one piece, she cited activists who raised the possibility that the education system of our nation’s capital might, as a consequence of the downsizing, be split in two Read more

How a D.C. High School Football Team Beat All Odds
By Jessee Hardman
Time

December 5, 2012- At halftime of Saturday’s DC inaugural “state” high school football game, coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim gave his Friendship Collegiate Academy players a kind of mid-term grade for the first half. Read more

Brookings ranks the District No. 3 in nation for school choice
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

December 11, 2012- The District’s mix of schools — including traditional public, public charter and private — offers parents one of the widest varieties of educational choice in the country, according to rankings a Washington think tank plans to release Tuesday. Read more

U.S. students continue to trail Asian students in math, reading, science
By Lyndsey Layton and Emma Brown
Washington Post

December 11, 2012- Students across the United States have made some gains but continue to lag behind many of their Asian counterparts in reading, math and science, according to the results of two international tests released Tuesday. Read more

Elementary Pupils Immersed in Foreign Language
By Jamaal Abdul-alim
Education Week

November 30, 2012- When it comes to lessons in other tongues, Kevin Fitzgerald, the superintendent of the Caesar Rodney school district in northeastern Delaware, is never at a loss for words. He speaks with pride about the fact that his district’s high school, Caesar Rodney High School, offers six foreign languages Read more

The Essential Common-Core Ingredient
By Vicki Phillips & Robert L. Hughes
Education Week

December 5, 2012- We ask a lot of our teachers and, as a nation, we're about to ask a lot more. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and math in almost every state, we are raising the bar on what students must master to be prepared in an increasingly competitive world. Read more

When Teachers Leave, Students Lose Out
By Alexandra Fuentes
Huffington Post

December 7, 2012- Seniors at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., where I've taught biology for four years, have begun to ask me for recommendation letters for college. I enjoy reflecting on each student's growth as I write those letters. But I am also struck by a jarring reality-Read more

D.C. releases results of nation's first-ever standardized test on health and sex ed
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

December 12, 2012 -Fifth- and eighth graders in the District are pretty well-versed in emotional-health issues but have a lot to learn about the human body, according to results from the city’s (and the nation’s) first-ever standardized test on health, physical education and sex ed. Read more
D.C. charter schools band together to form new high school with focus on foreign language
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

December 19, 2012- The D.C. Public Charter School Board offered support this week for a plan to open a new middle/high school that would offer International Baccalaureate programs and intensive foreign-language instruction. Read more

The next civil right: High-quality public education
By Dr. Ramona Edelin
Washington Examiner

December 9, 2012- The first day of this month marked an important anniversary in our nation's struggle for civil rights. Rosa Parks was not the first African-American to resist bus segregation when she refused to give up her seat on Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala. Read more

Let charter schools use shuttered school buildings
By Tom Nida
The Current

December 12, 2012- pg. 12- Last month, the city announced plans to close 20 public schools. This follows a city- commissioned report highlighting poor academic performance in many District public schools. Read more

Phil Mendelson makes changes with D.C. Council committees
By Mike DeBonis
Washington Post

December 20, 2012- Chairman Phil Mendelson took the first steps toward putting his personal stamp on the D.C. Council he has served on for 14 years Thursday, handing his colleagues their committee assignments for the new term. Read more

D.C. students score low on nutrition, disease prevention tests
By Lisa Gartner
Washington Examiner

December 12, 2012- D.C. students have significant lapses in their knowledge of personal health, safety skills, disease prevention and other health topics including alcohol and drugs, according to the results of a first-time standardized test released Wednesday. Read more

Neuroscience in Schools
By Ron Schachter
District Administration

December 2012- For generations, teachers in the early elementary years have urged their young pupils to use their brains. They’re still offering the same encouragement, but nowadays they can know even more about what they’re talking about. Read more

Should school choice work like bank choice?
By David Alpert and Ken Archer
Greater Greater Washington

December 13, 2012- A majority of public school students east of Rock Creek Park now attend charter or magnet schools, a fact that some consider a victory for school choice. If this trend continues, we'll have a system with no neighborhood schools at all, where everyone chooses a school from a menu, like you choose a bank. Is this an acceptable outcome? Read more

All D.C. charter schools shouldn't have to admit nearby kids first, panel says
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

December 14, 2012- The District should consider allowing charter schools that move into closed D.C. public school buildings to give admissions preference to children who live nearby, according to a task force convened by the D.C. Council. Read more

'School-to-prison pipeline' hearing puts spotlight on student discipline
By Donna St. George
Washington Post

December 13, 2012- At a congressional hearing billed as the first-ever focused on ending the “school-to-prison pipeline,” Edward Ward emerged as a voice of experience. Ward, a recent high school graduate from Chicago, recalled classmates suspended for failing to wear ID badges and security officers patrolling hallways. Read more

DCPS scores have not improved with reforms
By Lisa Gartner
Washington Examiner

December 17, 2012- Third-graders in DC Public Schools have failed to show any gains in math or reading since aggressive school reforms began in 2007, according to an independent analysis of the city's standardized test scores. Read more

D.C. students' test scores better on health than reading and math
By Tom Howell Jr.
Washington Times

December 13, 2012- Standardized test scores released Wednesday show select students in the nation’s capital answered questions about disease prevention and nutrition correctly last spring at better rates than they did on the reading and math sections of their tests. Read more

NAEP Data on Vocabulary Achievement Show Same Gaps
By Erik W. Robelen
Education Week

December 6, 2012- A new analysis of federal data that provide a deeper and more systematic look into students’ ability to understand the meaning of words in context than was previously available from “the nation’s report card” finds stark achievement gaps in vocabulary across racial and ethnic groups, as well as income levels. Read more

New charter high school formed by consortium of language immersion programs
By Mark Lerner
The Examiner

December 18, 2012- Last evening the Public Charter School Board approved one of the most innovative new programs I have seen in my almost 15 years of watching this exciting movement. Read more

D.C. third-graders have not improved in math, reading since 2007
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

December 17, 2012- The math and reading performance of third-grade students in D.C. public schools has not significantly improved since 2007, according to a new study of the city’s standardized test scores released Monday by a nonprofit advocacy group. Read more

David Catania for education chairman
By Jonetta Rose Barras
The Examiner

December 17, 2012- D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson likely will decide committee assignments this week. He has lamented the difficulty of his task. A few members are reportedly being investigated by local or federal law enforcement. Read more

D.C. creates five-year schools plan
By Lisa Gartner
The Examiner

December 18, 2012- The D.C. agency that oversees DC Public Schools and the city's charter schools has created a five-year plan detailing goals for improving students' academic progress and graduation rates, The Washington Examiner has learned. Read more

What's the rush to close D.C. schools?
By Mary Levy
Washington Post

December 18, 2012- Regarding the Dec. 2 Local Opinions commentary “Do school closings knock kids off course?” by Umut Özek and Michael Hansen: The 2008 D.C. school closings did not benefit students. Read more

Three R's of Narrative Nonfiction
By Lee Gutkind
New York Times

December 17, 2012- Late on a Friday in Montreal, 1974, Art Williams, a National League umpire, is pacing the floor of his hotel room, sleepless and worried. During a game that evening, a player had pushed him, and Mr. Williams had pushed back — inappropriate behavior for those charged with enforcing the rules. Read more

White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions
By Jerry Markon and Peter Wallsten
Washington Post

December 13, 2012- The White House and the nation’s most prominent charities are embroiled in a tense behind-the-scenes debate over President Obama’s push to scale back the nearly century-old tax deduction on donations that the charities say is crucial for their financial health. Read more

New Multimillion-Dollar Education Investment in Southeast
By Donna Tindle
Washington Informer

December 14, 2012- While the District of Columbia's traditional public school system plans to shutter 20 public school buildings, Friendship Public Charter School is opening a new school building on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast. Read more

D.C. charter schools eye city's first pre-K-12 language immersion
By Lisa Gartner
The Examiner

December 19, 2012- D.C. charter schools are set to offer students language immersion from prekindergarten through graduation for the first time, as four schools join forces to create an international secondary school. Read more

  New Student-Poverty Measures Proposed for National Tests
By Sarah D. Sparks
Education Week

December 11, 2012- Aiming to get a clearer picture of how students' home and community resources affect their academic achievement, America's best-known K-12 education barometer, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is building a comprehensive new way to gauge socioeconomic status Read more

Evaluating Principals Through Test Scores: Harder Than You'd Think
By Jackie Zubrzycki
Education Week

December 17, 2012- New research attempts to determine the best way to measure principal effectiveness using students' test scores—and finds that the task is trickier than anticipated. Read more

Blacks falling behind in science education
By Cherice Greene
The Examiner

December 30, 2012- Forty years ago this month, with the successful completion of NASA's Apollo 17 mission, humans took their last steps on the moon. Since then, the power of science and technology that took us there continues to cross new frontiers. Read more

Charter Schools and Interscholastic Sports
By National Charter School Resource Center

December 2012- A key part of the conversation about charter schools centers on standardized test scores and comparisons with traditional public schools. On a Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C., in December 2012, a different kind of metric was in play-points on the scoreboard. Read more
 
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