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EXTRA SUPPORT—At the ESL academy, high school ELLs get after-school help with homework and other study support. Teachers from all disciplines are available while students work independently, in teams or in small groups.

A combination of grants and community outreach allowed Piscataway Township Schools to adopt a “cradle to career” approach to serve its large—and rapidly growing—population of ELLs more effectively.

Source: “States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments,” 2018;  The Council of Chief State School Officers, America’s Promise Alliance  and The Aspen Institute; DAmag.me/ccsso

In 2016, state education leaders, advocates and civil rights leaders gathered together to develop actions to support education equity. A year later, 10 general equity-boosting practices have emerged from across the U.S. 

Most state standards fail to include meaningful requirements for learning about slavery. (GerryImages.com)

Schools fail to adequately teach the history of American slavery, partly because teachers lack the preparation to cover it, according to a recent study from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Source: International Labor Organization

New California laws make the state first in the nation to adopt human trafficking and sexual abuse prevention education and training for students and teachers.

Many elementary school students in Marion County Public Schools spend more than 20 minutes per night reading with family members. How did Maier and her team of educators achieve this? They eliminated homework in elementary school.

EXPANDED CURRICULUM—California’s new LGBT curriculum now allows students to learn about the historical impact of LGBT contributors such as Walt Whitman, Willa Cather and Harvey Milk. (gettyimages.com: wynnter).

California students in fall 2018 will be the first in the U.S. to use textbooks that highlight the historical contributions made by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Source: Compiled by USCCR from U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data “National Public Education Financial Survey” fiscal year 2014, and NCES, “Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education School Year 2013-14” p.5 Table 1. The graph is derived from one published by USCCR p.28, http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/2018-01-10-Education-Inequity.pdf.

The federal government must take “bold action” to make education funding more equitable, says a recent report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson have both served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in New York city public schools.

In 2014, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Leadership created the New Principal Support (NPS) program to reduce turnover and help experienced principals grow.

When done right, international travel exposes students to a diversity of people and perspectives, teaching them to communicate and relate with others.

The digital divide still exists, but has shown signs of narrowing over the past six years, according to a recent study of media use by students under 8 years old by Common Sense Media.

Verletta White is interim superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.

Districts are increasingly tasked with providing options for at-risk and underserved student populations to address persistent achievement gaps.

A look back at the year’s top stories sheds some light on the way forward.

Bill Santarsiero is principal of Morris Street Elementary School in Danbury, Connecticut.

Under principal Bill Santarsiero’s leadership, Morris Street Elementary School became one of 30 schools nationwide to earn a National Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education for closing the achievement gap.

Source: Frontline Research and Learning Institute Survey 2017

A new report by the Frontline Research and Learning Institute sets out to provide actionable insights to help states and local districts address the needs of special needs students equitably.

Blane McCann is the superintendent of Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska.

Giftedness is not just a test score. How many students have we seen who did not have a test score to qualify for a gifted program but became an expert in an area of passion and interest?

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