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By all insider accounts, the Student Success and Academic Enrichment Grants program (SSAEG) – Title IV, Part A of the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – is House Education & The Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline’s baby. SSAEG is a large flexible block grant that emerged in the...
As performance assessment of teacher candidates becomes more widespread and as more video evidence is collected in classrooms, we have to make sure that everyone involved with these videos—and other artifacts assembled for assessment purposes—understands how they may and may not be used. I’m pleased to report that a broad...
Rhea-Claire Richard and Bailey Debardelen, fourth-grade teachers at S.J. Montgomery Elementary School in Lafayette Parish, La., share how the Common Core has encouraged deeper learning in their classrooms. Both teachers began their careers about four years ago, when the state switched to the Common Core, and both appreciate the in-depth...
Did a relationship ever sour so quickly as the Common Core and public opinion? Back in 2010 when the college- and career-ready standards were shiny and new, leaders from business and higher education as well as a certain U.S. Secretary of Education praised their rigor, coherence and attention to critical...
With the arrival of spring comes assessment season for students, families and educators across the country. When my girls were in grade school, I remember dedicating time to helping them be confident and ready to take state tests. I also remember some feelings of anxiety before the tests, but at...
How can debate support the goal of any 21st Century classroom? In 1997, a shy, fearful young student walked into my 10th grade English class with her head down and no eyes on her future. She had been removed from four previous schools due both to her own behavior and...
How many times do we hear teachers and administrators say, “Because it works,” when asked why they use classroom discipline techniques that manipulate, embarrass, use excessive force, or attack a student’s dignity? The “because it works” argument has justified techniques like writing student names on the board with smiley or...
LFA's Board of Directors chose veteran education advocate Richard M. Long to be the organization's new executive director. Long has spent the past four decades working in education policy, most recently as an independent consultant. He was the Government Relations Director for the International Reading Association for 37 years, while...
At every school and in every community there are children who feel like they have no friends and quietly suffer through each day – especially at lunchtime, recess and other moments where friends gather together. Start With Hello, one of the many prevention programs started by the Sandy Hook Promise,...
February 17 is Digital Learning Day, and the Consortium for School Networking is excited to also announce the launch of a new Digital Equity Action Toolkit for district leaders. Introduced through CoSN’s new Digital Equity Action Agenda leadership initiative, the toolkit provides school system leaders with thoughtful strategies to address...