Minding the gap between free tuition, readiness | Wis. to introduce career services in all middle, high schools | How some high-school students are earning college degrees
May 16, 2017
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Minding the gap between free tuition, readiness
Minding the gap between free tuition, readiness
College eligibility may not equal "college readiness," asserts Nick Ehrmann, founder and CEO of an education nonprofit. In this commentary, he reflects on one of his former student's journey to college and the potential challenges presented by free tuition programs.
The Atlantic online (5/15) 
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Wis. to introduce career services in all middle, high schools
Middle- and high-school students in Wisconsin will have access to academic and career-planning services during the next school year. The initiative will involve interest and skill assessments and opportunities to explore career paths.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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Building Expertise 2017 Lifts Education to New Heights
At Building Expertise 2017, Robert Marzano, Marcia Tate, and other experts will inspire and empower with practical ways to meet new standards and help your school and students soar. Sessions on formative assessment, student-centered classrooms, leadership innovation, and more! June 14-17. Register today!
Transformational Leadership
Tips to improve principal coaching, mentorship
There are several ways to improve coaching -- or mentorship -- relationships with school principals, asserts Chris Wolk, a principal and certified principal mentor with the National Association of Elementary School Principals. His tips include holding reflective conversations and looking for opportunities for mutual growth.
District Administration magazine online (5/16) 
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Struggling to engage your students in close reading?
Amplify Close Reading is a new digital learning tool that teaches close reading skills in a creative, differentiated and rigorous way. Through an exciting dystopian adventure, students learn to analyze complex texts, focusing on key close reading skills such as responding to text-dependent questions. Designed for grades 5-8.
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Technology in the Classroom
Questions to ask when selecting an LMS for UDL
School leaders in an Indiana district recently adopted a learning management system to support its Universal Design for Learning approach. In this blog post, Nick Williams, the district's coordinator of instructional technology, shares lessons learned from its implementation.
SmartBrief/Education (5/16) 
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What can your students learn from other students' writing? We Can Do This! gives you 35 lessons, each focusing on a real piece of K-2 student writing. Organized by genre—informative, opinion, narrative, and others—the book includes links to standards, lesson extensions, and advice on common writing dilemmas. Preview the entire book!
The Whole Child
Report: 1 in 5 students reports being bullied
Report: 1 in 5 students reports being bullied
(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Bullying in schools is on the decline, but still, 1 in 5 middle- and high-school students reports being bullied, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department. Data show a higher rate of bullying among some student groups.
The Associated Press (5/16) 
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NYC summer program features student mentors
Kindergarten- through eighth-grade students who participate in the Practice Makes Perfect summer program in New York City are paired with student mentors. The mentors live in the same neighborhood as the students and offer academic support throughout the six-week program.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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3 Days to Revitalize Your PreK-5 Classrooms
Bring your team to SDE's Conference on Reading, Writing, Math & More! (PreK-5) to address reading, writing & math instruction; strategies for project- & brain-based learning using technology & STEM; effectively managing, assessing & motivating diverse learners. June 28-30, New Orleans
Policy Watch
Bill would allow tracking of student outcomes
Bill would allow tracking of student outcomes
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Four members of the US Senate education committee have introduced a bill that would allow the federal government to track data about college students' employment and educational outcomes. A "student-unit record system" was banned as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in 2008, but supporters say the data would provide students better information about colleges.
Politico (5/15) 
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World’s Largest Differentiated Instruction Event
Register for the K-12 DI strand at SDE's 2017 National Conference offering 200+ sessions covering foundational DI, growth mindset/resiliency, poverty/equity/access, assessment and interventions, and content areas, plus 5 powerful keynotes. July 10-14, The Venetian, Las Vegas
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Data: Most child care centers unprepared for flu pandemic
Researchers surveyed 2,018 US child care centers and directors in 2008 and 2016 and found that only about 7% said they performed flu-prevention activities -- such as creating a written pandemic plan, participating in pandemic-planning workshops and organizing flu-related meetings with parents or staff -- to prepare their centers for a flu pandemic, before and after the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. The findings in Pediatrics also showed limited time as well as insufficient knowledge and resources as challenges in flu-pandemic preparation.
Reuters (5/15),  HealthDay News (5/15) 
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Free webinar: Teaching in the Fast Lane
Join author Suzy Pepper Rollins in this engaging webinar and leave with structure and strategies in hand -- and a renewed passion for the energy that lies in our creative minds. Let's unleash the power of crafting compelling, active learning experiences together. May 18 at 3 p.m. ET. Register now.
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Lifting school leaders
Great schools depend on great leadership, from administrators to teacher-leaders. The latest issue of Educational Leadership explores what it takes to develop and support outstanding leaders throughout schools -- and how school leaders can enhance their practice and mindsets. Read more in Educational Leadership. Read now.
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