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Education Digest March 2015

March 2015 Volume 80, No. 7

Bringing College to Students - Jayne Ellspermann / Principal Leadership

Instituting a college program within a high school removes cost and distance barriers thereby providing access to higher ed to all students. Here’s how one school navigated through the process.

Steep Drop Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers - Stephen Sawchuk / Education Week

Massive changes to the profession coupled with severe budget woes appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career.

Lunch Lines - Dave Constantin / Teaching Tolerance

Segregation practices that occur in many school cafeterias- stigmatize students in reduced-price lunch programs. A uniform electronic debit card system is one solution to the problem.

My Students, Too, Sing America - Whitney Henderson / TNTP

An educator teaches both the abridged and unabridged versions of American history so that her black students can put oppression and resistance in context.

Getting Classroom Observations Right - Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, Matthew W. Chingos, and Katherine M. Lindquist / Education Next

An examination of the design and performance of four school district teacher-evaluation systems that are at the forefront of the effort to evaluate teachers fairly and meaningfully.

Musical Training Offsets Academic Achievement Gaps - American Psychological Association

Research shows that learning to make music appears to remodel childrens’ brains in ways that facilitate and improve their ability to learn.

Adult Bullying - Michael R. Weber / School Administrator

Adult bullying adversely affects school climate. Here are proven techniques for recognizing and responding to harassing behavior.

Schools Assume New Role as Mental Health First Responders - Kristi Garrett / California Schools

Teachers are often in the best position to identify children’s behavioral problems. Now federal funding is available to connect schools with mental health services so that students can be diagnosed and treated early on.

Helping English Language Learners Succeed in School - Edgardo “Gary” Castro / Virginia Journal of Education

Learn about students’ backgrounds, foster relationships with family and community, and collaborate with colleagues. These are just a few of the techniques that work for this veteran teacher.

TFA Shows It’s Learned a Lesson About Diversity: Now, What’s Next? - Andre Perry / Hechinger Report

Now that 50% of TFA’s incoming corps reflect the color of the communities they serve, will the organization retain its credibility?

Ed Trust Proposes Quality Standards for Colleges - Angela Provitera McGlynn / The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

A proposal to impose sanctions on colleges and universities that do a poor job of educating and graduating students.

Game On: Gamification in the Classroom - Patricia Bruder / NJEA Review

As one teacher puts it, “Gamification really hooked them; students couldn’t wait to start learning.” Provided here is information that will help you to help students “up their game” in your classroom.

Book/Media Reviews - Dudley Barlow