DCPCSA October 2012 Newsletter
 
 

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October Newsletter 2012
  1. D.C. Council considers giving state education board more control over personnel, budget
  2. Low-income D.C. college students awarded more scholarship money from the city
  3. Hidden rival to charter schools
  4. DC may tighten school graduation requirements
  5. D.C. considers neighborhood admissions preference for charter schools
  6. Capital City Public Charter School to Hold Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Ward 4 Facility
  7. Nouveau-Columbusing DC Schools
  8. eacher's Simple Strategies for Reaching AP Students (Video)
  9. D.C. considers bill to benefit military children
  10. D.C. losing De'Shawn Wright, deputy mayor for education
  11. D.C.’s school master facility plan
  12. A new school year a the new Anacostia
  13. D.C. students test 'Teach to One' learning system
  14. D.C. Council schedules hearings on school closures
  15. Education, Income Level Of Parent Correlated To Child's Brain Development
  16. New US visa rush: Build charter school, get green card
  17. Enrollment Is Up for DC Public Schools, but Is That the Whole Story?
  18. D.C. State Board of Education candidates face challenge: What does the board do?
  19. Students flood into D.C.-area schools
  20. Charter schools still treated like second-class
  21. Charter Schools and Recruiting Mathematics Teachers
  22. At a High-Tech School, Supportive Adults Are the Real Key to Success
  23. Let's Be Grown Ups When We Talk About Education
  24. Teaching the next generation financial literacy
  25. College Courses In High School Yield Students More Likely To Attend, Graduate From College
  26. Rise in D.C. school enrollment
  27. D.C. to give charter schools hand with facility costs
  28. Schools dilemma for urban gentrifiers: Keep their kids urban, or move to suburbia?
  29. Choice of College Major Can Mean Millions Over Career, Census Bureau Reports
  30. School reform at odds with itself
  31. Arne Duncan tries to smooth relations with teachers
  32. Report finds pockets of child poverty among emerging D.C. neighborhoods
  33. D.C. debates new high school graduation requirements
  34. Why not a Jefferson High for poor kids?
  35. D.C. is the best-educated big city in America
  36. Charter schools' role in serving neighborhoods to be examined
  37. D.C. receives zero fast-track charter school applications — so far
  38. See Forever Foundation Executive Director Responds to Suspension Articles
  39. Young People Who Serve Have Right to be Heard This Election
  40. Microsoft Sends Engineers to Schools to Encourage the Next Generation
  41. Students get a chance to pitch business plans during DC Entrepreneurship Week
  42. Five Things High School Students Should Know About Race
  43. Bill Clinton tops guest list at Kuwaiti embassy benefit for Maya Angelou charter schools
  44. Why teacher training fails our teachers
  45. For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words
  46. Writing with Miles Davis
  47. The hangover: Thinking about the unintended consequences of the nation's teacher evaluation binge
  48. How Serious Are We About Early Learning?
  49. The Rise of the Tech-Powered Teacher

D.C. Council considers giving state education board more control over personnel, budget
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 9, 2012- D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has called a hearing tomorrow on legislation that would give the District’s State Board of Education a little more control over its own affairs.Read more

Low-income D.C. college students awarded more scholarship money from the city
By Jenna Johnson
Washington Post

October 5, 2012- Nearly 200 students enrolled in colleges and universities in the District were surprised to learn late this summer that they would receive thousands of dollars from a new scholarship fund started by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Council using extra money in the budget. Read more

Hidden rival to charter schools
By Jay Mathews
Washington Post

October 7, 2012-Public charter schools are a hot topic among us education wonks. Charters have been growing rapidly. They enroll more than two million students. Research papers on them proliferate. Read more

DC may tighten school graduation requirements
By Jack Jacobson
Greater Greater Washington

October 3, 2012-The DC State Board of Education this summer released a proposal to update graduation requirements for DC public school students. Many of the proposed changes have merit. Others seem overly prescriptive and raise some questions which the board does not explain in its report. Read more

D.C. considers neighborhood admissions preference for charter schools
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 3, 2012- Should charter schools give admissions preference to families who live nearby? A D.C. task force convened Tuesday to begin studying that question, which has been made more urgent by the looming closure of an unknown number of traditional public schools. Read more

Capital City Public Charter School to Hold Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Ward 4 Facility
The Wall Street Journal

October 9, 2012- On October 10, 2012, Capital City Public Charter School will celebrate the grand opening of its new home located at 100 Peabody Street, NW, in Ward 4. Read more

Nouveau-Columbusing DC Schools
By Sara Meade
Education Week

October 8, 2012- The Root's Clinton Yates has a great piece up today about historical ignorance or revisionism that often comes into play in conversations about the evolving character (what some call gentrification) of Washington, D.C. Read more

Teacher's Simple Strategies for Reaching AP Students (Video)
By Pat Lawson Muse
NBC Washington

October 4, 2012- A local history teacher who uses simple strategies to reach his 10th grade Advanced Placement students was recently named a Teacher of the Year, Pat Lawson Muse reports. Read more

D.C. considers bill to benefit military children
By Lisa Gartner
Washington Examiner

October 18, 2012- D.C. schools Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley knows the drill: Her husband was a military officer, and so her eldest daughter has attended eight schools. And in just three months at Leckie Elementary School in Southwest D.C., across the freeway from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, 50 students transferred out as their parents were relocated to other bases. Read more

D.C. losing De'Shawn Wright, deputy mayor for education
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 18, 2012- De’Shawn Wright, the D.C. deputy mayor for education, who has played a key role in decision making about the future of the city’s public schools, is leaving his post for a job in New York state, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) announced Thursday. Read more

D.C.’s school master facility plan
By Mark Lerner
Examiner.com

October 15, 2012-De’Shawn Wright, the D.C. deputy mayor for education, who has played a key role in decision making about the future of the city’s public schools, is leaving his post for a job in New York state, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) announced Thursday. Read more

A new school year at the new Anacostia
By Dr. Ian Roberts
Washington Examiner

October 14, 2012- I recently cut the ribbon on a $62 million renovation at the Academies at Anacostia, the school where I am privileged to serve as the principal. Perhaps the change that parents and students will notice first is the newly renovated and refurbished main building, which the city had let fall into a state of disrepair over seven decades. Read more

D.C. students test 'Teach to One' learning system
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 14, 2012- It might seem to be a less-than-realistic plan: Put nearly 200 preteens in one large classroom space and expect each of them, with the help of laptops and a few teachers, to learn math at his or her own pace. Read more

D.C. Council schedules hearings on school closures
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 19, 2012-Mark your calendars: D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has scheduled two mid-November hearings to give the public a chance to comment on school closures in the city, a politically volatile issue sure to draw volumes of testimony. Read more

Education, Income Level Of Parent Correlated To Child's Brain Development
By Huffington Post

October 18, 2012-A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscientists found a correlation between a parent’s income and education level and the development of certain areas of their child’s brain that relate to learning, memory and stress processing. Read more
New US visa rush: Build charter school, get green card
By Stephanie Simon
Reuters

October 12, 2012- It's been a turbulent period for charter schools in the United States, with financial analysts raising concerns about their stability and regulators in several states shutting down schools for poor performance. The volatility has made it tough for startup schools to get financing. But an unlikely source of new capital has emerged to fill the gap: foreign investors. Read more

Enrollment Is Up for DC Public Schools, but Is That the Whole Story?
By Harry Jaffe
Washingtonian

October 25, 2012-More families are trusting their children to DC public schools, according to numbers released today, but a deeper look shows promising trends, raises questions about the future of public schooling, and points out troubling numbers for the traditional public schools. Read more

D.C. State Board of Education candidates face challenge: What does the board do?
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 30, 2012- Candidates for the District’s State Board of Education face a key challenge this election season: Five years after the board was created, many voters still aren’t sure exactly what it is or what it does. Read more

Students flood into D.C.- area schools
By Lisa Gartner
Washington Examiner

October 27, 2012- The top-performing public school systems in Montgomery and Fairfax counties have been ballooning with students in the last several years, sending school officials scrambling to find more space and beg for larger budgets to accommodate the influx of new faces. Read more

Charter schools still treated like second-class
By Examiner Editorial
The Examiner

October 30, 2012-Of all the statistics cited by Examiner reporter Lisa Gartner to document the increase in student enrollment in the Washington region's public schools for the 2012-2013 school year, one stands out. Read more

Charter Schools and Recruiting Mathematics Teachers
By National Charter School Resource Center

October 2012- Recruiting and training skilled mathematics teachers can be a challenge for many charter schools. Charter schools can benefit from certain federal grants being awarded to universities to assist with this complex challenge, even if the schools are not directly involved with applications. Read more

At a High-Tech School, Supportive Adults Are the Real Key to Success
By Thomas Toch
The Atlantic

October 19, 2012- Rocketship Discovery Prep is a boxy, two-story elementary school wedged between a building materials company and a storm-water spillway in a run-down Latino neighborhood off Highway 101 in San Jose, California. Read more

Let's Be Grown Ups When We Talk About Education
By Tim Krepp
Huffington Post

October 19, 2012- Education is one of the toughest issues facing our city and our region so it's critical we engage in an honest conversation about it as we move forward. A new book, The Diverse Schools Dilemma, may seek to further that discussion and ask some tough questions. Read more

Teaching the next generation financial literacy
By Dawnyela Meredith
Washington Informer

October 15, 2012- In today's economy, nearly everyone wishes that his or her personal finances were a little bit stronger… Financial literacy has never been a more important skill and will be even more critical for the next generation. Read more

College Courses In High School Yield Students More LIkely To Attend, Graduate From College
By Huffington Post

October 17, 2012- A report by Boston-based education nonprofit Jobs for the Future urges policymakers to expand dual enrollment after determining that high school students who take college courses are more likely to attend and graduate from college than those who do not. Read more
Rise in D.C. school enrollment
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 24, 2012-The number of students enrolled in public and public charter schools in the District rose 5 percent this fall, to nearly 81,000 students, the highest level in more than a decade, according to a raw enrollment count that city officials plan to release Thursday. Read more

D.C. to give charter schools hand with facility costs
By Washington Post
Emma Brown

October 25, 2012- The District has agreed to pay for charter-school facilities costs that are currently paid for with federal funds, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Thursday. Read more

Schools dilemma for urban gentrifiers: Keep their kids urban, or move to suburbia?
By Washington Post

October 14, 2012-When his oldest son reached school age, Michael Petrilli faced a dilemma known to many middle-class parents living in cities they helped gentrify Read more

Choice of College Major Can Mean Millions Over Career, Census Bureau Reports
By US Census Bureau

October 10, 2012- The field of bachelor’s degree makes a considerable difference in a college graduate’s annual earnings, according to 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. These differences add up over the span of one’s work-life. Read more

School reform at odds with itself
By Jay Mathews
Washington Post

September 29, 2012- Education reformers contradict themselves every day and don’t seem to know it. This includes President Obama, Mitt Romney and many mayors, scholars and activists who all say we need more charter schools, more systems that evaluate teachers based on student test scores and more merit pay. Read more

Arne Duncan tries to smooth relations with teachers
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post

October 2, 2012- Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a careful effort Tuesday to smooth relations with teachers, saying the Obama administration understands that many educators feel besieged by the national push for new evaluations and faster improvements in student achievement. Read more

Report finds pockets of child poverty among emerging D.C. neighborhoods
By Candace Wheeler
Washington Post

October 3, 2012-In the District’s Edgewood neighborhood, abandoned warehouses, barbed-wire fences and the swooping lines of graffiti on buildings are visible just across the street from a bustling shopping center and new luxury apartments. Read more

D.C. debates new high school graduation requirements
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 4, 2012- The D.C. State Board of Education had hoped to finalize new high school graduation requirements by the end of the year, but now may wait until early 2013 to give the public more time to weigh in. Read more

Why not a Jefferson High for poor kids?
By Jay Mathews
Washington Post

November 1, 2012-While we wonder what should be done about our region’s most demanding public high school — Thomas Jefferson— having only 3 percent of its students from poor families, let’s consider a different experiment in selective education. Read more

D.C. is the best-educated big city in America
By Sarah Kliff
Washington Post

October 10, 2012- If there’s one thing that economists agree on, it’s that the United States needs more “human capital.” Read more

Charter schools' role in serving neighborhoods to be examined
By Lisa Gartner
Washington Examiner

October 1, 2012- D.C. schools officials are set to discuss Tuesday whether charter schools should give preference to children who live nearby, as DC Public Schools prepares to close some neighborhood schools. Read more

D.C. receives zero fast-track charter school applications-- so far
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

October 2, 2012- Experienced charter school operators have yet to take advantage of the District’s new fast-track approval process, which would allow school leaders with a record of success in other cities to open doors here a full year ahead of the regular timetable. Read more

See Forever Foundation Executive Director Responds to Suspension Articles
By Dr. Lucretia Murphy
Venture Philanthropy Partners

October 2012- The DC Public Charter School Board recently released charter schools’ suspension and expulsion data from last year. This data has never been released before, so the news cycle was buzzing with articles about discipline in charter schools. Read more

Young People Who Serve Have Right to be Heard This Election
By Steven Culbertson
Huffington Post

October 4, 2012- During last night's presidential debate, we heard President Obama and Governor Romney speak about the future of our economy, the health care system, and the role of government. Everything they talked about affects the lives of all citizens, including our youngest citizens. Read more

Microsoft Sends Engineers to Schools to Encourage the Next Generation
By Nick Wingfield
New York Times

September 30, 2012-Leandre Nsabi, a senior at Rainier Beach High School here, received some bluntly practical advice from an instructor recently. “My teacher said there’s a lot of money to be made in computer science,” Leandre said. “It could be really helpful in the future.” Read more

Students get a chance to pitch business plans during DC Entrepreneurship Week
By Mohana Ravindranath
Washington Post

October 30, 2012- Chauntal Bittle, Tracey Coleman, Sade Hawkins and Maurice Burleigh are not typical entrepreneurs pitching to investors. They are all 15-year-old sophomores at Maya Angelou High School’s Evans campus in Northeast Washington. Read more

Five Things High School Students Should Know About Race
By Lawrence Blum
Harvard Education Letter

November/ December 2012- Americans, especially white Americans, don’t like to talk about race. And they generally don’t think they need to know anything about it, either. Read more

Bill Clinton tops guest list at Kuwaiti embassy benefit for Maya Angelou charter schools
By The Reliable Source
Washington Post

October 17, 2012-Twenty years after he was first elected president, Bill Clinton is still a political rock star, especially after his convention speech last month. And, dare we say, the ideal dinner guest. Read more

Why teacher training fails our teachers
By Jay Mathews
Washington Post

October 3, 2012- American public elementary and secondary schools spend about $20 billion a year on what is called professional development — helping teachers do their jobs better. Many teachers will tell you much of that is a waste of time and money. Read more

For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words
By Gina Bellafante
New York Times

October 5, 2012- Not too long ago, I witnessed a child, about two months shy of 3, welcome the return of some furniture to his family’s apartment with the enthusiastic declaration “Ottoman is back!” Read more

Writing with Miles Davis
By Aaron Gilbreath
New York Times

October 6, 2012- If Miles Davis’s midcentury trumpet solos can be described by a single phrase, it might be “doing more with less.” Despite his renown, Davis wasn’t a flashy or highly technical player during the late 1950s and early ’60s. Read more

 Thinking about the unintended consequences of the nation's teacher evaluation binge
By Sara Mead, Andrew J. Rotherham, Rachael Brown
American Enterprise Institute

September 26, 2012- Over the past three years, more than twenty US states have passed legislation establishing new teacher evaluation requirements and systems, and even more have committed to do so in Race to the Top or Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver applications. Read more

How Serious Are We About Early Learning?
By Barbara O'Brien
Education Week

October 10, 2012- We have eight years in the life of every child to help him or her get ready for school, thrive in school, and love reading by the end of 3rd grade. The question is: How serious are we about doing this? Read more
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