Education Week - September 9, 2015 - (Page 1)

Education WEEk VOL. 35, NO. 3 * SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2015 Editorial Projects in Education * $ 4 BRE AKING NEWS DAILY Unionization Bid Sparks Discord In L.A. Charters Nick Cote for Education Week By Stephen Sawchuk GETTING ROOTED: Ian Salt, an 8th grader at STAR School, carries a harvest of tomatoes and peppers grown at a family farm on the Navajo Nation in Leupp, Ariz. Ian's school integrates cultural experiences, such as working with local farmers, with students' academic studies to build the skills and motivation to attend college. Ariz. School Forges College Path for Rural Students By Catherine Gewertz Kira Butler's plan was to enlist in the Army right out of high school. College? Probably not. But an unusual blend of experiences-chopping wood, harvesting crops for local farmers, playing basketball, and hearing a stream of college hints from her teachers- changed that. UNMET PROMISES Looking back now, the 18-year-old sees High-Achieving, how dozens of threads Low-Income Students in her school and family experience wove together to build the skills, conviction, and opportunity to go to college. So she's packing up this week for an unlikely journey that will trade her bedroom in the Arizona desert for a dorm room near the Canadian border. The simple act of hauling out a suitcase makes Butler's college path an unusual one in rural America. With few college options nearby, students in sparsely populated areas enroll in college at lower rates than their nonrural peers, and tend to stick closer to home when they do pursue higher education. Those factors put even the highest-achieving rural students at risk of choosing a college that's not a good match for them. The story of how Butler defied those odds reflects the complex dynamics at play when students from rural areas plan their lives after high school. Her mother and father both attended college, so the idea of going herself wasn't strange to Butler. But she felt a strong call to uphold another family tradition: the honor of military service. Butler's natural leadership and academic abilities, and her skill as a basketball Indiana's decision to close its state-funded preschool pilot program to 4-year-olds who are not legal U.S. residents has drawn national attention and raised sticky questions about the access of such children to education before they reach kindergarten. The news organization Chalkbeat Indiana reported in August about the restriction on undocumented chil- FAFSA FORM 12 Many qualified students leave money on the table when they don't file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. PAGE 12 > Immigration Debate, Pre-K Access Have Indiana Program on Hot Seat By Christina A. Samuels ABOUT THIS SERIES: This package of stories is the second in an occasional series examining the challenges facing disadvantaged students who show academic potential. dren, which Indiana officials say puts the program in line with rules governing other social service programs in the state. The preschool pilot is now in its first full year of operation. "It would not be terribly surprising if there were calls in other states to limit access to this scarce resource," said Margie McHugh, the director of the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. In that role, she focuses on PAGE 21 > A bid to unionize a popular Los Angelesbased chain of charter schools has led to a protracted battle between the schools' management and the district teachers' union, at least temporarily stranding some 700 teachers in labor limbo. The situation at the 27 campuses of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools illustrates the tensions charter organizations face as they evolve and mature: Merit pay, benefits, and governance-all treated differently in many charter schools than in regular public schools-are key points of concern for teachers embracing the union drive. The conflict is also emblematic of sharp divisions already established in the Los Angeles district's unique schooling landscape. Charters in Los Angeles are praised for generally outperforming traditional schools, but have also been criticized for high rates of teacher PAGE 14 > Newark Schools' Journey To Local Control Begins By Denisa R. Superville Newark, N.J. Christopher Cerf chatted with parents and took photos in his first school board meeting since being tapped as superintendent for the longtroubled district here, but questions remain as to whether he will swiftly and ably steer the city's public schools back to local control after 20 years under state authority. Gone was the rancorous atmosphere that had come to dominate school board meetings during the rocky tenure of Cerf's predecessor, Cami Anderson, who stepped down in early July. But the new superintendent's first formal outing late last month before about 200 residents, parents, students, and teachers was by no means a love-fest. A former state education commissioner in New Jersey who officially got the Newark job in July, Cerf acknowledged that fact during a prePAGE 15 > Teachers Nurture Growth Mindsets in Math By Evie Blad A blend of family attitudes, cultural ideas, and frustration often lead students to believe that math ability is a fixed trait like eye color, teachers say. They believe they are either born with the skills necessary to succeed in math class or they're not. Those pervasive ideas and the way math has traditionally been taught can make it exceptionally difficult for math teachers to nurture growth mindsets in their students, they say. "There's a cultural mystique in mathematics and sort of salient, counterproductive conceptions about what it is, that it's somehow harder than art, which of course is crazy," said Philip Uri Treisman, a math- ematics professor and director of the University of Texas' Charles A. Dana Center, which focuses on math and science education. "It has sort of cultural baggage with it that is not helpful to the field," he said. The concept of growth mindsets has gained a foothold in many schools, where teachers emphasize that the brain can grow and change and that students don't enter school with a set of unchangeable strengths and weaknesses. In general, that means praising effort over personal traits and encouraging students to learn from mistakes by developing new strategies to approach problems. As more schools buy into the research that shows PAGE 10 >

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - September 9, 2015

Education Week - September 9, 2015
Newark Schools’ Journey To Local Control Begins
Immigration Debate, Pre-K Access Have Indiana Program on Hot Seat
Teachers Nurture Growth Mindsets in Math
Ariz. School Forges College Path for Rural Students
Unionization Bid Sparks Discord In L.A. Charters
News in Brief
Report Roundup
SAT/ACT Performance for 2015 Graduates Called ‘Disappointing’
Test-Taking Surged for AP Physics and Computer Science
Even With ‘Super Lice,’ Students Ought to Be In Class, Experts Say
Blogs of the Week
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Blending Adaptive Technologies With Open Ed. Resources
New Project Uses Primary Sources In the Math Classroom
Is the Federal College-Aid Form Too Hard?
Slicing the K-12 Data on Governors Running for President
Blogs of the Week
ESEA, Budget, Higher Ed. Issues on Agenda as Congress Returns
New Law to Prompt Discipline-Policy Revisions in Illinois
Stalemate Over Pennsylvania Budget Puts Heat on Districts as Schools Open
Rep. John Kline, House Ed. Panel Chairman, Set to Retire
ANGELA MINNICI: Goodbye, Sacred Cows? Education Needs More Questioning Practitioners
Q&A WITH KEVIN JENNINGS: America Still Needs ‘Basic Protections’ For LGBT Educators
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
DALE RUSSAKOFF: How Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 Million Gift Found Its Way to Newark’s Public Schools

Education Week - September 9, 2015