DCPCSA September 2015 Newsletter
 
 

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September 2015 Newsletter Tools for Tailored Learning May Expose Students’ Personal Details
By Natasha Singer
New York Times

August 30, 2015- If the efforts by state legislators to restrict the use of student data are any guide, the email addresses and search queries of the nation’s schoolchildren are a hot commodity. Read more

Teachers Aren’t Dumb
By Daniel T. Willingham
New York Times

September 8, 2015- ONE of my colleagues at the University of Virginia, a world authority on how culture influences personality, almost didn’t become a professor. He wanted to teach high school, but went for his Ph.D. because it seemed easier; he thought he would fail the exacting admissions test for teacher candidates. Perhaps I should mention that my colleague is from Japan. Read more

What makes a public school public? Washington state court finds charter schools unconstitutional.
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

September 9, 2015- Washington state’s Supreme Court has become the first in the nation to decide that taxpayer-funded charter schools are unconstitutional, reasoning that charters are not truly public schools because they aren’t governed by elected boards and therefore not accountable to voters. Read more

What Is the Point of College?
By Kwame Anthony Appiah
New York Times

September 8, 2015- I gave my first university lecture in philosophy at the University of Ghana, Legon, when I was a freshly credentialed 21-year-old. My audience was a couple of hundred students gathered in a vast hall, with ceiling fans to move the hot and humid air. Read more

Chronic Absences Cost Kids More Than Basic Learning
By Emily Richmond
The Atlantic

September 1, 2015- While too many students at all grade levels are regularly skipping school, many preschoolers and kindergarteners are missing nearly as much seat time as teenagers, according to a new report. Read more

For Pell Grant Recipients, Choice of College Matters
By Brent Staples
New York Times

September 25, 2015- The federal Pell grant program spent $31.5 billion last year to help 8.6 million low-income and working-class students pay for college educations that they might not have otherwise received. Read more

Students with disabilities involved in third of complaints filed with D.C. ombudsman
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

September 16, 2015- More than a third — 35 percent — of complaints filed with the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education in the last school year in D.C. involved students with disabilities, according to its annual report, released Wednesday. Read more

KIPP’s explosive growth came with slight dip in performance, study says
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post

September 17, 2015- KIPP, the nation’s largest chain of public charter schools, significantly improves the academic performance of its elementary and middle school students, but after the students enter a KIPP high school, their performance does not statistically differ from peers who attend other schools, according to a new study. Read more

These kids were geniuses — they were just too poor for anyone to discover them
By Jeff Guo
Washington Post

September 22, 2015- In 2003, Cynthia Park asked her staff to make a map showing where every gifted student lived in Broward County, Fla. The result was an atlas of inequality. Read more

Are College Lectures Unfair?
By Annie Murphy Paul
New York Times

September 12, 2015- DOES the college lecture discriminate? Is it biased against undergraduates who are not white, male and affluent? The notion may seem absurd on its face. The lecture is an old and well-established tradition in education. Read more

D.C.’s Chef Luigi Diotaiuti Teaches Kids to Cook
By Ariel Medley
Afro

July 31, 2015- Luigi Diotaiuti, an award-winning Washington, D.C.-based chef and restaurateur, has traveled the globe preparing his famed Italian cuisine for celebrities like George Clooney and dignitaries such as Hillary Clinton, yet if you ask him to name the capstone of his career, he’d tell you teaching cooking to Hyde-Addison Elementary School students in Northwest D.C. - See more at: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?DCAssociationofPubli/edb3e4a83d/97ba53d68f/e3e9bebf87 Read more

Becoming a Money Magnet: Lessons of the D.C. Ed Philanthropy Boom
By L.S. Hall
Inside Philanthropy

September 8, 2015- Reform-oriented approaches to K-12 education, such as charter schools and alternatives to the traditional teacher pipeline, are the key to attracting large gifts from funders, according to an analysis of education philanthropy by Michigan State University researchers. Read more

Using Brain Science To Understand The Terrible Teens
By Susan Page
WAMU 88.5

September 9, 2015- If you think your teenagers are moody, impulsive and overly concerned about what others think, you’re right. But don’t blame them. Blame their brains. Over the last several years, neuroscience has revealed a number of striking things about the teenage brain. Read more

Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher
By John McCarthy
Edutopia

September 9, 2015- Have you ever attended a conference session and seen groups of teachers leave in the middle? It's painful to watch, yet completely understandable. Often, they leave because the session was not what they expected. Let's be honest: when teachers and/or administrators attend learning experiences, what is the one non-negotiable expectation -- without which the session is deemed a failure? Read more

Highly qualified teachers rate high with the public
By Joshua P. Starr
PDK/ Gallup Poll

2015- The 47th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows that the country uniformly wants highly qualified professionals teaching in our public schools. This makes perfect sense, as parents tend to judge a school by their child’s experience in the classroom. Read more
 
Charter love: Feds give $157 million to expand charter schools
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post

September 28, 2015- The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday it would give $157 million to create and expand charter schools throughout the nation, despite criticisms by its inspector general in the past that the agency has done a poor job of overseeing federal dollars sent to charter schools. Read more

Carlos Rosario School: Local Pioneer In Teaching Foreign-Born Immigrants
By Larry Luxner
Diplomat

September 30, 2015- In one corner of Dinora Padrino’s level two English class, French-speaking Agnes Manga, recent Eritrean arrival Awet Berhane and Chinese immigrant Wang Wei sit at a table taking notes while two other students, Henry Sánchez of El Salvador and Laura Bernal of Bolivia, proudly display their team project on a big white banner. Read more

Math content in schools adding to achievement gap, new study finds
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post

September 30, 2015- The gap in math performance between poor students and their wealthier peers is due in large part to the systemically weaker math content in schools that teach low-income students, according to a new study released Wednesday. Read more

D.C. schools are recruiting 500 tutors to mentor minority boys
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

September 29, 2015- Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and cadets for the Metropolitan Police Department are among the first volunteers to mentor minority boys in D.C. public schools this year. Read more

Black males struggle in segregated schools
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post

September 24, 2015- A new study using federal data finds that black students who attend schools that have a majority of black students score lower on achievement tests than black students who go to school with fewer other black students. Read more

Truancy prevention program is expanding into more middle schools
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

September 18, 2015- A city-funded truancy prevention program is expanding this year into more District middle schools after an analysis of early results proved promising. Read more

More than 1 in 5 U.S. children are (still) living in poverty
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

September 24, 2015- The proportion of American children who live in poverty began rising during the recession, and it continued rising after the recession officially ended. In 2013, the child poverty rate finally fell for the first time since 2006 — a dip that advocates hoped was the beginning of an enduring trend. Read more

A D.C. School's New Approach To Fighting Poverty: Teaching Parents And Kids
By Armando Trull
WAMU 88.5

September 25, 2015- On a recent weekday, about a dozen immigrant women were learning about Microsoft Word at the Briya Public Charter School in D.C. Adult students at the school in Adams Morgan learn practical skills like computing, while they learn English. Read more

The economic value of Breaking Bad: How misbehavior in school pays off for some kids
By Nicholas Papageorge
Brookings

September 22, 2015- There is growing interest in how schools can shape children's non-cognitive skills (sometimes known as behavioral traits, soft skills, or personality). One reason for this interest is that non-cognitive skills predict a wide range of economic outcomes, such as employment and lifetime earnings, but are also relatively malleable—at least until adulthood. Read more

Washington Nationals Use Baseball as a Beacon of Hope at Youth Academy
By Bill Pennington
New York Times

September 26, 2015- At the Washington Nationals’ home opener in April, Duane Dargin, 9, stood in the center of the diamond beneath sunny skies waiting to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch. Read more

DC panel of politicians, experts agree charter schools ‘work’
By Nicholas C. Fondacaro
Watchdog Arena

September 22, 2015- On Tuesday, Politico Magazine held its latest installment of its “What Works” series on what state and local governments could do to improve their education systems. According to a panel of politicians and education experts who gathered in Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, there is no question that charter schools are what work. Read more

Don't Hate Tests
By Ulrich Boser
US News

September 13, 2015- When I sat in on biology professor Jennifer Doherty's course at the University of Washington, it was hard to miss all the quizzes. At one point, Doherty asked the class to answer a quiz using a clicker, a small device that allowed the students to submit their answers via radio waves. Read more

A new casualty of high-stakes testing: student teachers
By Valerie Strauss
Washington Post

August 30, 2015- And now, a new casualty of high-stakes standardized testing has been identified: student teachers. This post, by Jennifer Wallace Jacoby, explains why and how some college and university teacher training programs are trying to find solutions so that student teachers get the vital classroom training they need. Read more

Some are questioning whether all students should be on a college prep track
By Natalie Wexler
Greater Greater Washington

August 27, 2015- A former professor who spent two years teaching in a high-poverty DC Public Schools high school advocates separating students into a college prep track and other tracks that would lead directly to jobs. But to really know who belongs in which track we need to revamp an elementary school system that has left almost all poor students woefully unprepared for a college prep curriculum. Read more

D.C.’s bikes-for-tykes may shortchange charter school kids
By Moriah Costa
Watchdog

August 28, 2015- Education reformers in the nation’s capital are already suing the District for shortchanging kids in charter schools. And as that case moves through the courts, there’s new evidence to support the complaint – evidence rolling in on two wheels. Read more

The idea vs. the on-the-ground reality of Common Core standards
By Emma Brown
Washington Post

September 2, 2015- The Common Core State Standards that most states have adopted have triggered plenty of political debate. But have they transformed how teachers are teaching — and what students are learning Read more

Truancy Takes a Higher Toll on Black Families: Report
By Freddie Allen
Washington Informer

September 2, 2015- Truancy among Black students has far-ranging consequences, not just as a predictor for low academic achievement, but also for the long-term cost to American taxpayers, according to a new report by the Center of American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank. Read more

School choice complicates Promise Neighborhood’s efforts to help kids
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

September 12, 2015- An impoverished pocket of Northeast Washington has been receiving $25 million in federal grants to fund tutors, literacy programs and early-childhood education, largely to improve the neighborhood’s three struggling schools. Officials say school attendance is up, and the local charter high school has seen a boost in math scores. Read more

Growing pains for the charter school movement
By Jason Russell
Washington Examiner

September 15, 2015- The charter school movement has experienced remarkable growth in the past five years, but that growth may stall if the movement can't overcome a few challenges. Read more

Lowest-performing D.C. public schools should become charters, report says
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post

September 15, 2015- D.C. Public Schools is not equipped to improve its lowest-performing schools and should have the ability to convert them to charter schools, according to a report being released this week by the Progressive Policy Institute. Read more

 
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