Education Week - October 31, 2012 - (Page 1)

Education WEEk VOL. 32, NO. 10 • OCTOBER 31, 2012 AM E R ICAN E DUCATION’S N EWS PAPE R OF R ECOR D • © 2012 Editorial Projects in Education • $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY ▲ ‘i3’ Grantees Face Hurdles On Aid Match Private Donor Commitments Falling Short in Some Cases By Jason Tomassini Two years after the U.S. Department of Education awarded $650 million in Investing in Innovation grants and set off a mad dash for grantees to raise more than $100 million in matching private funds in five weeks, some of the i3 winners are still facing financial uncertainty stemming from initial fundraising struggles. A businessman who pledged $400,000 to an Oregon school district’s arts program did not make his most recent payment, potentially putting the program’s future in jeopardy. Other grantees have also encountered problems with matching funds coming through, and some nonprofit grantees have been forced to contribute their own money to match the initial amount. For its part, the Education Department has lessened the matching-fund requirements, but is less clear on possible outcomes for the grantees that have run into financial problems. Those developments have raised questions about the competition’s structure, including calls by some observers for the awards to be opened up to the for-profit sector. “Part of the challenge for i3 is there was so much cheerleading on the front end, and there was a lack of attention to how you execute and implement,” said Frederick M. Hess, the director of education policy studies for the WashPAGE 15 > VOTER’S GUIDE OR PUT A girl waits behind the barricades before a campaign event for President Barack Obama in Dayton, Ohio, last week. He and his rival, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have criss-crossed the country in the last, intense weeks of the race. FOCUS ON: 2012 ELECTIONS VOTER’S GUIDE Read about the issues and contests to watch Nov. 6 and the election-night stakes for state and federal education policy. PAGE 10 DRUMBEAT: From the battle for the White House to ballot initiatives, education has been a steady theme this election year. PAGES 12-13 Congressional Seats Gubernatorial Contests State Ballot Measures State Schools Chiefs State School Boards PAGE 28 COMMENTARY PAGES 10-11 SQUARING OFF: The presidential nominees part ways on key issues. REDEFINING THE FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION Educators offer advice for next week’s presidential victor. 2012 CAMPAIGN For complete Campaign 2012 coverage Third of a four-part series RETHINKING DISCIPLINE Heading Off Trouble Before It Starts Good Management Strategies Can Pre-Empt Suspensions, Teachers Say By Nirvi Shah When students file into Shira Fishman’s geometry and Algebra 2 classes at McKinley Technology High in the District of Columbia, there’s already a question written on the board, inviting students to get settled and get to work right away. Whatever topics students may have been bantering about in the hallways must be traded for a discussion of the math problem, said Ms. Fishman, who is in her ninth year of teaching. “It can’t be silent in the room, but they’re not allowed to be gossiping and talking about parties.” The technique is simple but deliberate: By engaging students in an activity the minute they arrive, Ms. Fishman reasons, they will instead have an energizing experience that lasts for the rest of class and keeps them too occupied to trigger a bout of defiance or disruption that could result in a visit to the principal’s office, or worse, suspension from school. Improving or overhauling classroom-management training is one of many ways states, districts, and teacher education programs are attacking the problem of too many out-of-school suspensions and office referrals, actions that disproportionately affect African-American, Latino, and male students and those who have disabilities. Insubordination, defiance, and disobedience—whatever those may mean to a particular school—are among the top reasons students are suspended from school. “You can have a Ph.D. in math. If you don’t PAGE 16 > Teacher-Leader Degree Designed as a Vehicle For Career Fulfillment By Anthony Rebora Four years ago, Donald Chouinard, a veteran English teacher at Fort Kent Community High School in Maine, was promoted to his district’s curriculum-coordinator position. He appreciated the rise in status the administrative job conferred, but he soon felt that something was lacking. “I really, really missed the classroom,” he recalled. The following year, Mr. Chouinard returned to teaching. But, to continue working toward broader professional goals, he also decided to enroll in a master’s degree program in teacher leadership offered by the University of Southern Maine, in Portland. The program, offering a professional educator degree, featured courses in advanced teaching practice and included both online and face-to-face components. In addition, his 997-student district provided tuition assistance for teachers to pursue advanced degrees. Mr. Chouinard presents a near-perfect example of the type of educator for whom teacher-leadership degree programs are designed. Such programs, observers say, have emerged in recent years in response to an increasing number of teachers who are looking to advance in their careers and expand their instructional knowledge but who also want to stay in the classroom. “There are more and more educators who come into M.A. programs but don’t want to be administrators,” said Lynne Miller, a professor of educational leadership at the University of PAGE 17 > Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - October 31, 2012

Education Week - October 31, 2012
‘i3’ Grantees Face Hurdles on Aid Match
Teacher-Leader Degree Designed as a Vehicle For Career Fulfillment
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Caution Urged on ‘Value Added’ Reviews
College Board Head to Make Underserved a Priority
Miami-Dade Wins $550,00 Broad Prize For Urban Education
E-School Conference Highlights Blended Ed.
Pa. Moves to Ease Penalties for Minors Who Engage in ‘Sexting’
Education Issues Suffuse Ballots
New Orleans Board Race a Magnet For Outsiders’ Cash
Blogs of the Week
Graduation Rates Latest Waiver Flash Point
Practical Hurdles at Play in Pennsylvania Charter-Law Revamp
Policy Brief
Rethinking Principal Evaluation
Teacher Observation: Tech or No Tech?
About the Necktie
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Redefining the Federal Role In Education: Advice for the Winner of Next Week’s Election

Education Week - October 31, 2012