Friday, August 22, 2014

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The Future of HBCUs Brightens With Fix to Federal Loan Program The Future of HBCUs Brightens With Fix to Federal Loan Program

By Mary Ellen Flannery When students return to college campuses later this month, more than 300,000 of them will be attending institutions that some people may consider throwbacks to days gone by. But anybody who discounts the modern relevancy of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) hasn’t been paying attention. Consider these numbers: The... [Read more]

Poll: Parents Want an End to the Testing Obsession Poll: Parents Want an End to the Testing Obsession

By Richard Naithram Educators are pushing back against high stakes testing across the nation, and, according to a new poll, parents are on their side. The 2014 PDK/Gallup Annual Survey on the Public’s Attitude Toward Public Schools, released on Wednesday, finds that an overwhelming majority of parents (68 percent) do not believe that standardized... [Read more]

How Are Children Faring in America? The Good and Bad News How Are Children Faring in America? The Good and Bad News

By Tim Walker In  1990, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the first Kids Count report, an annual survey measuring the well-being of the nation’s children examining various indicators across four key areas – economic well-being, education, health care, and family and community. Kids Count takes a look at  positive policies and practices that... [Read more]

Education Organizers Find Power in Numbers Education Organizers Find Power in Numbers

By Amy Jordan What happens when you gather educators committed to improving public education, help them brush up on their organizing skills and let them loose in an unfamiliar community? They contact 550 people, gather 276 pledge cards from community members to support pro-public education candidates and collect commitment cards from 101 educators to... [Read more]

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Must Reads

Is Teacher Attrition Actually Increasing?

The short answer is yes, but, as usual, it’s more complicated than a simple yes/no answer. In general, teachers leave for a variety of reasons, and this attrition, in addition to high mobility, can present a serious obstacle for schools and districts around the nation. Identifying causes and possible solutions can help to address this problem, but it’s important to begin by looking closely and thoroughly at the available data, rather than making assumptions about what those data show. Source: The Huffington Post

It All Started With ‘A Nation At Risk’

In 1983, A Nation At Risk triggered a panic and launched a movement to transform the public education system. A generation later, its effects are powerful. The excoriation of American schooling is what most people remember, but its actual legacy is ingrained in public education today. The report’s five proposed solutions – improving content, raising standards, overhauling the teaching profession, adding time to the school day and year, and improving leadership and fiscal support – are clear in current reform. Source: The Hechinger Report

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Ahead in Ed

NEA’s 2014 Back to School Tour

With the start of the new school year, the National Education Association (NEA) is set to hit the road for its “Back to School” tour. Beginning in California on August 19th, other stops are scheduled for Florida, New Jersey, and Texas, where Lily Eskelsen García, the newly elected NEA President who takes office on September 1, and other NEA leaders will meet with members and community partners to raise awareness on issues affecting the nation’s public schools. Check here for daily updates.

NSTA New Science Teacher Academy – Deadline August 22

The National Science Teachers Association is currently accepting applications for the 2014–2015 New Science Teacher Academy. The Academy is a professional development initiative created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Visit NSTA for more information.

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