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Education Digest April 2015

April 2015 Volume 80, No. 8

Standing Up for Public Education - John M. Kuhn / School Administrator

Fed up with teacher bashing by critics and the media, a Texas superintendent leads the push back against wayward legislators.

Extended Day, Other Innovations Turn School Around - Alex Magaña / Hechinger Report

Model school/community innovations allow time for enrichment activities as well as for teacher collaboration and one-on-one student interventions—all of which result in positive impact.

PTA Supports Parent Engagement with Common Core - Tarsi Dunlop / Learning First Alliance

A committee reaches out to parents in an effort to dispel myths about the CCSS, provide information about their formation and classroom application, and garner support.

Knocking Down Barriers - Michael B. Horn, Anna Gu, and Meg Evans / Clayton Christensen Institute

As schools adopt blended learning, the nature of teachers’ jobs changes. Superintendents discuss education code and union contract barriers to implementation along with workarounds.

Meet the Family - Warren Hynes / Teaching Tolerance

Home visits by teachers help build relationships and create trust with students’ families. Here are ways schools can launch and maintain a home-visit program.

Common Core: Headache or Brain Tumor? - Amber Chandler

Nearly every teacher has a strong opinion about the CCSS—be it pro or con. But is the integrity of the teaching profession being compromised by all the controversy?

Massachusetts Leaders Chose Excellence - Chastity Pratt Dawsey / Bridge Magazine

The state’s K-12 students lead the country on national tests. A rigorous curriculum, more money for schools in low-income areas, quality teacher prep and preschool programs, and strict guidelines for charter schools are some of the reasons why they do.

The Military Invasion of My High School - Sylvia McGauley / Rethinking Schools

A school houses military recruiters and the JROTC, whose gun culture runs counter to the school’s restorative justice program. Should the JROTC be allowed in public schools?

TFA-Like Corps Sends College Advisers to High Schools - Caralee J. Adams / Education Week

Because they are so close in age and circumstance, advisors are highly effective in improving the number of first-generation, low-income students who apply to, enter, and complete college.

The Creative Classroom: You Can Make It Happen! - Kevin Parr / Virginia Journal of Education

Ask questions that may have more than one answer, assign more projects, let kids struggle and find their own way of doing things, and let them design their own assessments—these are just a few of many ways to foster creativity in the classroom.

Genesys Works: Connecting Education and Corporation Needs - Michele Adam / The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Successful program breaks the chain of poverty by providing training for students in their junior year of high school, and then placing them in paid corporate internships in their senior year.

Schools Engage Families to Turn Schools Around / U.S. Department of Education

Boston Public Schools view parents as partners, and a necessary piece of the puzzle for improving student achievement. Here are ways in which families actively participate in school matters.

Book/Media Reviews - Dudley Barlow