Sunday, January 8, 2017
Maybe, we will be able to address the needs of students without being tied to academic performance. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.
Funding possibilities under ESSA explored
Federal funding for education is expected to be overhauled under the Every Student Succeeds Act, suggests Doug Mesecar, vice president of strategic partnerships for IO Education. In this blog post, he shares several possible scenarios and asserts that while funding likely will not increase, the flexibility offered in the law will allow states and districts to use their funding more effectively.SmartBrief/Education (12/14)
Sunday, January 1, 2017
The ESSA is still being clarified and defined. Here is an article that updates readers to the point in the process. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.
Groups suggest ESSA accountability measures
School accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act should recognize student growth and those high schools that assist students in earning college credit, three education advocacy organizations assert. The Center for American Progress, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute said in a letter that this approach will help schools focus on high-achieving and low-income students.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Although this may seem like an odd place to post this article, I have been observing a trend in the schools I visit - aside from the ELL students. Many native speaking English speakers are coming in with a defecit in acquired oral language. This article has some great ideas for these students as well. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.
7 ways to scaffold instruction for English learners
How is syntax in a first language shaping acquisition of the language a student is learning? Which academic vocabulary is critical to comprehension? How can sentence frames and graphic organizers mitigate language barriers? A speech-language pathologist describes how considering these questions and planning for common sticking points -- like cognates, transition words and abstract language -- will propel English learners toward proficiency. Read now.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Education Dept. publishes final testing rules
The Obama administration today has released final regulations for testing and assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Announcement of an $8 million grant for science-test development accompanied the release.Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/7)
Saturday, December 10, 2016
College Board expands testing accommodations
Students who receive testing accommodations at school will be eligible for accommodations on the SAT and other tests administered through the College Board beginning Jan. 1. College Board officials also announced new accommodations for English-language learners.The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/2), Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/1)
Monday, December 5, 2016
I am posting this here, because it may help some of us guide our students towards more successful school performance. Courtesy of Mind/Shift.
Three Things Top Performing Students Know That Their Peers Miss
|A study by Elevate Education identified three effective practices used by top students in Australia, the U.K., South Africa and the U.S. Tactics — such as knowing how to study — may seem obvious, but the group also found that top students schedule their studying time differently. When the best students make studying schedules for themselves they first include things they like to do on their schedule and then work study time in after. This method naturally ensures that students are doing things they like to do every day in addition to studying, so they don't burn out. Learn More|