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Education Week VOL. 35, NO. 37 * AUGUST 3, 2016 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2016 Editorial Projects in Education * $ 4 BRE AKING NEWS DAILY K-12 Fights for Airtime as Presidential Election Issue Competing concerns, candidate priorities may tamp down topic's profile By Alyson Klein & Andrew Ujifusa Is K-12 education poised to catch fire in the policy debates leading up to November's presidential election, now less than 100 days away? Don't bet on it. Based on the dynamics at the justfinished Democratic and Republican conventions-and the profiles of the two nominees-K-12 is likely to lag behind other issues in a tumultuous election year dominated by nationalsecurity concerns, immigration, and sheer force of personality. Donald Trump, the Republican standard-bearer, and a succession of other speakers at the GOP convention in Cleveland July 18-21 barely discussed education beyond a few perfunctory nods to school choice. At the Democrats' convention, where Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination July 28, there were plenty of shoutouts to early-childhood education and college access, along with a trumpeting of her long record on children's issues. But she and other Democratic luminarPAGE 16 > ALSO IN THIS PACKAGE VOICES : Political conventiongoers speak. PAGE 16 RUNNING MATES : Vicepresidential nominees. PAGE 16 PLATFORMS : Democratic, Republican positions. PAGE 17 Crafting ESSA Plans A State Balancing Act By Daarel Burnette II Charles Mostoller for Education Week In their efforts to write comprehensive, feasible-and politically saleable-plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, state education agencies across the country are assembling massive task forces, stacked with parents, educators, scholars, and politicians. The composition, discussion points, and activities of these task forces, some of which are now meeting weekly, will be crucial in the coming months as they work to determine how to transform their states' school accountability systems, boost teacher quality, and improve classroom learning. But department officials are wrestling to find the right balance between involving enough stakeholders so they're not accused of operating in secret and avoiding a process so monstrous that it collapses of its own weight. Unlike the deadlines they faced to adopt the Common Core State Standards or write their applications for federal Race to the Top grants, state departments have more than an entire year to write their ESSA proposals, which will likely be due sometime next spring PAGE 19 > PRINCIPALS ON ESSA: Some states are asking school leaders to weigh in on the new law. PAGE 19 Mindset May Influence Poor Students' Academics By Evie Blad Having a growth mindset may help buffer students from low-income families from the effects of poverty on academic achievement, researchers found in a first-of-its kind, large-scale study of 168,000 10th grade students in Chile. But poor students in the study were also less likely to have a growth mindset than their higher-income peers, researchers found. Students with a growth mindset believe that skill and academic strength can be developed through effort and practice, said Stanford University researcher Susana Claro, who co-wrote the study with Stanford professors David Paunesku and Carol Dweck. That's contrasted with students with a fixed mindset, who believe their intelligence and skill sets are unchangeable, like eye color. Dweck's previous research has found that interventions that help students develop more of a growth mindset can have positive effects on their academic achievement. This new study expands on those findings, showing PAGE 10 > Teacher Jessica Howell prepares to launch a rocket during the "Stomp Rocket Discovery Lab" training at Gateway Regional High School in Woodbury, N.J. Howell is participating in training designed to turn educators of other subjects into physics teachers. N.J. Program Fast-Tracks New Physics Teachers By Liana Heitin Woodbury, N.J. With a growing number of students showing interest in the subject, physics is having a moment-and yet many public high schools still don't even offer the course, often because they lack teachers to lead it. A New Jersey program, created by a former state teacher of the year in partnership with the local teachers' union, is working to curb the teacher shortage by training educators of other subjects-including language arts and English-as-asecond-language-to teach physics. The professional-development program run by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning is now producing more physics teachers annually than any preservice program in the country. And with many female, black, and Hispanic teachers enrolling to make the switch to physics, the program is also bringing diversity to a field that's generally been dominated by white and Asian men. "It's no secret it's difficult to find math and science teachers in high-need districts," said Janel Williams, the senior lead educator for math and science for the Camden City school district, which has a dozen teachers in the center's trainings this summer. "We'll now have our positions filled. ... This is the answer to the urban problem to fill those high-need subjects." However, the idea that someone can start PAGE 12 > Louisiana Builds Homegrown Standards-Based Curricula By Liana Heitin Disappointed by existing English/ language arts curricula that were supposedly aligned to the Common Core State Standards, officials at the Louisiana education department decided to enlist teachers and create a homegrown program-a move that's less than typical for a state-level overseer. "There were some [common-core] programs with real strengths for sure, but none that were meeting our bar," said Rebecca Kockler, the assistant superintendent of academic content at the Louisiana Department of Education. "We felt we had no choice." The state eventually partnered with LearnZillion, a website with commoncore resources that are also created by teachers, to give the curriculum a userfriendly, web-based platform-and also make it open to the public. About 70 percent of Louisiana school districts are expected to implement the new curriculum in at least some grades, and some say PAGE 13 >

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