From DA

5/23/2015

American Indian students consistently trail all other minority groups on standardized tests. But this population had the largest reported graduation rate gain of any demographic between 2010-11 and 2012-13, rising from 65 percent to nearly 70 percent in two years.

5/22/2015
First and second graders from Roosevelt Elementary School examine where the mouth of the Elwha River empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which connects to the Pacific Ocean.

Students in Port Angeles School District in Washington get a taste of the real world of science from their local river.

5/22/2015
San Diego USD's new football stadium includes synthetic turf and an all-weather track. The field is surrounded by new bleachers, which seat nearly 1,580 on the home side and 880 on the visitor’s side.

San Diego USD student athletes now play in a new football stadium, baseball field, track and other sports facilities as an $11 million improvement project was completed in April.

5/22/2015
Laura Dinehart is an associate professor of early childhood education at Florida International University.

Relegating handwriting to the back burner of early childhood education ignores the close relationship between fine motor skill development and early success in math and reading.

5/21/2015
Ohio administrators may face pressure to keep more art and music teachers, nurses, librarians and other staff, but have more control to reduce the numbers.

An Ohio law requiring certain ratios of art teachers, nurses, librarians and other staff was struck down by the state board of education in April.

5/21/2015
Teachers from Perry Township Schools in Indiana use their school library’s makerspace to create T-shirts for Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day.

Transforming school libraries into communal learning “playgrounds” offers students technology support, remote access to research resources and expanded opportunities for creative exploration.

5/20/2015
i-Ready Reading, by Curriculum Associates

From videos to games, tools to help students learn to read are all about fun.

5/20/2015

A curriculum framework initially developed for special education students is gaining traction in general ed classrooms nationwide during Common Core implementation.

5/19/2015
46 states provide additional funding dedicated to ELL education, says a March report from the Education Commission of the States. (Click to enlarge)

English language learners (ELLs) perform better academically and achieve greater language proficiency when they have high-quality English language instruction, according to a 2014 study in the American Educational Research Journal.

5/19/2015
Tom Wohlleber, assistant superintendent for business services for Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, leads a safety session with administrators and teachers.

Students arrive in three days. A staff meeting starts in five minutes. A teacher wants to hang a picture high on top of a bulletin board, so he hoists his chair onto the desk. The wheels lock, so he should be safe.

5/18/2015

Principals shifting their roles from building manager to instructional leader need more extensive PD to ensure top performance from teachers and students, according to a new policy brief from ASCD.

5/18/2015
Warren Berger's new books explores why questioning is neither taught nor rewarded in most schools.

As a writer, Warren Berger asks a lot of questions. It’s how he forms the ideas that he conveys in his work for a variety of publications, including Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and Wired.

5/18/2015
David Browne is superintendent of the Randolph, New Jersey public schools, a suburban K12 district of 4,800 students.

Student assessment in public education has taken on an unprecedented primacy during the 2014-15 school year, as states scramble to administer one of two new national assessments.

5/18/2015
New PD apps can save districts money on travel costs by connecting them virtually with education consultants.

A new wave of apps connects teachers with mobile access to professional development and expands opportunities for collaboration with mentors and peers.

5/15/2015
An ASCD survey found only a small number of people sensed a strong Common Core opt-out movement. (Click to enlarge_

Millions of students took Common Core tests this spring—and while it was business as usual in many districts, the spreading opt-out movement left some administrators caught between concerned parents and state requirements.

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