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November 16, 2018
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Are school-improvement plans addressing equity?
Are school-improvement plans addressing equity?
School-improvement plans do not focus enough on equity, according to a study by HCM Strategists and the Collaborative for Student Success. They analyzed data from 17 states and found that many state plans spoke about equity but did not explain steps schools should take to address inequities related to teacher quality, enrichment opportunities and curriculum.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/15) 
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Focus on Practice
How to address executive-functioning challenges
How to address executive-functioning challenges
Students who struggle with executive-functioning skills need additional support with tasks, such as planning a project or keeping track of belongings. The article includes 10 strategies to help teach all students, including those with executive-functioning challenges, how to organize and prioritize, such as making assignment details memorable and spacing out assignment dates.
Edutopia online (11/15) 
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Schools Today
Students create play on Navajo history, culture
Students in a gifted-education program at a New Mexico middle school are producing a shadow play about Navajo history and culture. Two students adapted an existing play to cover topics such as the Treaty of 1868, the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II and "new monsters" affecting the tribe such as addiction.
The Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.) (free registration) (11/15) 
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Some students struggle with math in Maine
Some students struggle with math in Maine
Students from low-income families in Maine perform worse in math and reading than peers from wealthier families, and the disparity affects their overall academic success, according to a report by Educate Maine. "The achievement gap seen in earlier grades carries forward into high school," the report's authors write.
WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine) (11/14) 
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Developing Leaders
Teacher shortage getting worse in Hawaii
Hawaii school districts are relying more on teachers without certification as vacancies rise and the number of teachers leaving the state increases as well, according to data from the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii school Superintendent Christina Kishimoto says the department is focusing on strategies to retain current educators and recruit new ones.
Honolulu Civil Beat (11/15) 
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Policy News
Congress to consider ban on some behavioral interventions
Congressional Democrats introduced a measure this week that would ban schools that receive federal funds from using isolation rooms and would limit when they can use physical restraints. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would set a "nationwide minimum safety standard," said Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and complement an Every Student Succeeds Act requirement that districts develop behavioral-intervention plans.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/13) 
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National Board Update
The moral imperative of voting -- civic education begins at home
Jana Bryant, NBCT, firmly believes we must help our children and students become educated about the political process in order to get them civically engaged. In this blog post, she explains, "Civic education prepares young people to be informed, to be engaged, and to be active in civic life." Read on.
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"What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do"
"What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do" lays the foundation for National Board Standards and National Board Certification. We've released the revised version of this book, which is a must-read for all teachers. Read on.
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