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1. 7 states, D.C. receive NCLB waiver renewals

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has renewed No Child Left Behind waivers for seven states and the District of Columbia. Currently, 42 states and the District of Columbia have received waivers, and all that need to be renewed have applied for renewals. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/23)

2. U.S. House is expected to take up NCLB in July

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up a proposed rewrite of No Child Left Behind in July. Several amendments may be discussed, including one that would create a voucher-type system for funding public schools. National Journal (06/28)

3. School districts seek to bridge "homework gap"

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

Internet access issues in some communities are creating a "homework gap" between students who can take advantage of digital-learning resources and those who cannot. Some districts are working to bridge the gap by offering Wi-Fi on school buses and during after-school programs. The Hechinger Report (06/24)

4. Should schools eliminate Ds?

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Some schools in New Jersey and elsewhere have taken steps to eliminate the letter grade D, asserting that it has a negative effect on students and encourages students to "game the system." "[I]f Ds are markers of adequacy that everyone recognizes as inadequate, doling them out seems illogical and cynical," writer and teacher Andrew Simmons notes in this commentary. The Atlantic online (06/29)

5. How one teacher collaborates with parents

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Early in her career, Amber Rain Chandler, an English language-arts teacher in New York, writes that she kept her students' parents at a distance. Now, she seeks to work with families and includes them in her classroom. In this blog post, she shares several strategies and tools that helped her make the transition. MiddleWeb (06/29)

6. How flipped instruction benefits students with special needs

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Technology has been a "game changer" for the estimated 2.5 million children in the U.S. with learning disabilities, asserts Kim Hines, associate director for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. This article explores how flipped instruction helps students with learning difficulties, and can be beneficial for others, too. eSchool News (free registration) (06/29)

7. Homegrown efforts help fill Common Core materials gap

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Research shows many schools have encountered challenges when seeking textbooks and other materials aligned with the Common Core State Standards. These challenges have sparked homegrown curricula initiatives in some states. New York launched the EngageNY website, where educators can access free resources and lessons. The Associated Press (06/23)

8. Wash. schools honor graduates with Seal of Biliteracy

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 26, 2015

Washington state -- and eight others -- now recognize high-school graduates' bilingual skills. Hundreds of students in Washington received a Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation, including 195 students in Seattle Public Schools. The Seattle Times (06/26)

9. Report recommends creation of trauma-sensitive schools

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

Trauma is contributing to students' academic struggles in Washington, D.C., schools, according to a report from the Children's Law Center. The report recommends development of trauma-sensitive schools. "It allows teachers not to think, 'What's wrong with this kid?' but 'What's happened to this child?'" said Judith Sandalow, executive director. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/24)

10. Study reveals rate of violence exposure in U.S. children, teens

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

For every 10 children and teenagers in the U.S., about four were exposed to violence or abuse over the past year, according to phone interviews conducted on 4,000 youths, ages 17 and younger, by the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center. While the rates appear to be stable since 2011, researchers say they still are too high. Reuters (06/29)

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