Education Week - June 10, 2015 - (Page 1)

Education Week VOL. 34, NO. 34 * JUNE 10, 2015 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2015 EDITORIAL PROJECTS IN EDUCATION * $ 4  BRE AKING NEWS DAILY School Choice Supercharged In Nev. Statute In Drought's Grip, California Communities Try to Cope Schools Face Dry Wells, 'Dust Days,' and Student Anxieties Parents Given Broad Control Over State Per-Pupil Dollars Matt Black By Arianna Prothero These children live at a trailer park in Mendota, Calif., a farmworker community hit hard by the state's historic drought. Schools statewide are feeling the impact, but it's especially acute for districts in the Central Valley, where farm jobs are drying up with the water. PAGE 8 Cleveland Embraces Social-Emotional Learning By Evie Blad Cleveland In a kindergarten classroom at Wade Park Elementary School this spring, students huddled around their teacher in a tight circle while she held up cards that said "proud" and "ashamed" and explained to them what it's like to feel those emotions. "I felt proud when I graduated from college," she said. The children had started the day by writing one-word descriptions of their emotions on the classroom's whiteboard, completing the prompt, "Today I feel," with words like "happy," "love," and "tired" in shaky penmanship. The simple morning classroom exercises are a small part of a data-driven, districtwide social-emotional learning plan in Cleveland that aims to boost students' ability to make Challenge of Co-Teaching A Special Education Issue By Christina A. Samuels responsible decisions, regulate their own emotions and behavior, and build healthy relationships with their peers. As a growing body of research links such competencies to higher academic achievement, school systems such as the 40,000-student Cleveland district have started to take notice. It is one of eight large, predominantly urban districts that have committed to a multiyear PAGE 11 > Statesville, N.C. If you want to see President Barack Obama's approach to reimagining K-12 education in full force, take a road trip down I-40, through two North Carolina school districts that have used a patchwork of one-time federal grants to spur big change. Talk to 4th graders in the IredellStatesville district about how strategies financed by an Investing in Innovation grant have improved their reading. Watch a veteran high school teacher make "Romeo and Juliet" relevant for students using 1-to-1 laptops and per- PAGE 18 > DIGITAL DIRECTIONS N.Y. 'Open' Content Going Nationwide By Sean Cavanagh sonalized learning, hallmarks of the administration's district-level Race to the Top grants. Then drive about an hour to Guilford County, where Parkview Village Elementary Expressive Arts Magnet School is in the midst of a turnaround effort fueled by a School Improvement Grant. Chat with a 5th grade math teacher who has moved students' test scores so far and so fast she's received a $20,000 bonus, thanks to a program that's been financed with help from the Teacher Incentive Fund. But you'll have to make the trip soon: The districts' federal grants are waning An online library of academic materials created in New York state to align with the Common Core State Standards has improbably found a vast, nationwide audience-which doesn't have to pay a cent for the content. The resources, developed through a project called EngageNY and housed on a state-managed website, have been downloaded an estimated 20 million times by educators and others in states around the country, and even in foreign countries, according to estimates provided by New York officials. The project is one of the most ambitious to date in K-12 to develop and disseminate "open educational resources," typically defined as materials created on licenses that permit their free sharing and repurposing. While interest in those materials in states and districts has risen, some say the adoption of the common core has intensified demand for them among school officials dissatisfied with traditional commercial offerings and wary of absorbing hefty new PAGE 16 > PAGE 14 > As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact By Alyson Klein In 2003, about half of school-age students with disabilities spent most of their school day in classrooms with their typically developing peers. By 2013, that number had risen to 61 percent. At least part of that change can be tied to wider use of coteaching, an instructional method that pairs a general and a special education teacher in the same classroom. Co-teaching is meant to provide specialized services to students with disabilities in regular classrooms, while ensuring they also get access to the same academic material as their peers. But poorly implemented co-teaching practices may be taking the "special" out of special education, say many who train teachers and districts in best collaboration practices. School administrators and even teachers themselves end up believ- PAGE 12 > Sweeping. Groundbreaking. Historic. Those are the words school choice advocates are using to describe a new Nevada law that will give parents near-total control over the way state education dollars are spent on their children. The reason: The level of school choice the law will permit is unprecedented. All parents of public school students will be allowed to use state aid earmarked for their children, placed in education savings accounts, or esas, for tuition or other expenses related to a nonpublic education. That includes religious private schools and home schooling. By comparison, in the handful of other states that offer similarly styled programs, they're reserved for certain populations-- mostly students with disabilities. Those states also have caps on how many students can participate, while Nevada does not. Under the law, which was passed by the Nevada legislature at the end of May and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval last week, the only stipulation for eligibility is that a student must have been enrolled in a public school for 100 consecutive days. That means 93 percent of the 459,000 public school stu- 1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 10, 2015

Education Week - June 10, 2015
Cleveland Embraces Social- Emotional Learning
Challenge of Co-Teaching A Special Education Issue
As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: N.Y. ‘Open’ Content Going Nationwide
School Choice Supercharged In Nev. Statute
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Debate Persists Around Kindergarten Reading Standards
New York Expanding Dual Language to Help Its English- Learners
Schools, Students Hit Hard by California’s Historic Drought
Blogs of the Week
Massachusetts School Transforms Renovation Into Teachable Moment
Magnet Schools Found to Boost Diversity—But Only a Bit
Survey: Students Need More Than Academic Prowess
Education Policy Issues In Arizona Crossfire
Congress Appears Poised to Tackle Higher Education Issues
SIG Money Gives Principal Tools For Turnaround
Federal Aid Fuels Multi-Tiered Instruction
Additional Entrants Join Presidential Race
High Court Rules in Online Threat, Religious Rights Cases
A Movement Gains Momentum
What Teachers Are Saying
Parents Have a Civil Right To Question Testing’s Goal
Parents See Testing’s ‘Distorting Impact’
What Are the Policy Implications of the Opt-Out Movement?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
An Early Opt-Out

Education Week - June 10, 2015