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Colonial School District straddles the boundary where suburban Wilmington gives way to Delaware’s rural eastern shore. Its one high school, William Penn, serves a racially diverse population, about 40 percent of whom come from low-income families. Penn is a model for getting kids ready for life after graduation. Ninth-graders who...
For the first time, the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the expertise that educators can bring to the policymaking process and calls for collaboration by practitioners and policymakers – but it gives few details on how those groups should work together. To facilitate that process, Learning First Alliance...
Summer slide refers to a decrease or loss of academic skills over the summer break. As summer goes by, if students do not actively engage in learning experiences, the progress they had made throughout the school year will not only decrease, it can actually regress. Avoiding this “summer slide” is...
In a presidential election season where speeches, debates and tweets have largely ignored education policy, I've found myself hungry for a conversation about the challenges America’s educational system faces. Last month’s Committee for Education Funding (CEF) Presidential Forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., didn't fully satiate me –since not...
How do you teach college- and career-ready standards to students who are still learning English? One educator explained his tactics in an online conversation with the Learning First Alliance on June 14. Larry Ferlazzo, a high school teacher, blogger and author of numerous books on topics for teachers, joined LFA...
Summer vacation is eagerly anticipated by students and teachers – eight weeks of out-of-school time in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). But it harbors a built-in risk that we call the Summer Slide: Academic ground gained during the school year can be lost without targeted summer learning.
How are the Common Core State Standards impacting English language learners? What do educators and policymakers need to know and do to ensure the needs of this growing population are met? On June 14, Larry Ferlazzo, an International Baccalaureate and English and social studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School...
Communication is complex, and tricky these days. And as important to our lives as the air we breathe. Let's look at air for a moment --it is all around us, 24/7, no matter where we are or what we are doing. It is essential for our survival and for our...
Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) recently announced the Agents for Learning competition. The competition is designed to engage educator teams in advocating for the best use of federal funding for professional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The deadline to apply...
Summer break is often seen as an idyllic time for teachers, parents and students to take vacations, have fun, and forget about the stress of school. But for the growing number of students living in poverty, summer vacations can be a significant setback to their learning, researchers say. “Summer learning...