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black students, low-income students, special education
students, and English-language learners. And students
taught by the fellows are learning more than their
peers who are taught by others.
duties," according to The Virginian
Pilot. The city gave the Franklin
district an additional $343,000 in
the 2014-15 school year, but it appears that the board didn't need the
money as it had a $151,000 surplus
at the time, the paper said. The district also ended the last fiscal year
with an estimated $481,000 deficit.
Board members disagreed with
the council's call for the resignations. Before handing them in, however, they fired Superintendent Willie Bell.
-DENISA R. SUPERVILLE
Oakland Chief Tapped
To Lead D.C. Schools
Antwan Wilson, the superintendent in Oakland, Calif., was named
last week as District of Columbia
Mayor Muriel Bowser's choice to
lead the city's public schools.
Wilson, who has been schools chief
in Oakland for just over two years,
would succeed Kaya Henderson,
who stepped down from the job in
Under Henderson, the District
of Columbia school system made
important academic strides, but
achievement gaps between white
and non-white students have been
Wilson was a high-level district
administrator in Denver before
moving to Oakland. Wilson serves
on a national commission working
on a multiyear endeavor to help
schools figure out how to better
teach social and emotional skills to
students alongside traditional academic subjects.
The District of Columbia city
council will have to approve Bowser's pick.
Arbitrator Sides With Leader
Fired for Ignoring Threats
An arbitrator has sided with a former Fairbanks North Star Borough
school district superintendent who
was fired in 2014 for incompetence.
The arbitration opinion says that
the Alaska district has been ordered
to pay former Superintendent Pete
Lewis $88,205 in damages. According
to the opinion, the school board gave
Lewis high marks in performance reviews but disagreed with some of his
judgment calls. The arbitrator ruled
that the board disagreeing with discretionary judgment is not grounds
for termination for incompetence.
Lewis was fired shortly after sexual
misconduct allegations came to light
involving students and school employees. School officials say Lewis ignored signs of grooming behavior and
failed to realize students were at risk.
Hutchison High School tutor
Claude Fowlkes III is accused of
having sex with a minor student
while on campus. The case is scheduled to go to trial next month. -AP
Former D.C. Leader Censured
For Ethics-Code Violation
A former District of Columbia
schools chancellor has been censured by the city's ethics board for
soliciting a six-figure contribution
from a company that was doing
business with the school system.
The investigation of former Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who stepped
down in September, was launched
in May after the Associated Press
reported that she had asked major
contractors to give money to a gala
Henderson agreed to the censure,
which is largely symbolic because
she's no longer in office. Still, the
episode complicates the legacy of
Henderson's 5½ years at the helm,
during which she built a reputation
as a national leader in urban education reform. She told the ethics
board that she did not realize her
actions were prohibited.
N.Y. District Pays Girl, 11,
To Make Keynote Address
A New York school district paid an
11-year-old $6,500 plus expenses for
serving as a keynote speaker for staff
and hosting a student workshop.
The Poughkeepsie district hired
Marley Dias to speak during the superintendent's conference day this
month. Marley created the popular
#1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to
draw attention to the lack of racial
diversity in children's literature.
She gave an hourlong speech to
staff before leading a workshop for
Superintendent Nicole Williams said that Marley's résumé
is "tremendous," and the district
shouldn't discriminate because
she's 11 years old.
A Q&A in the Nov. 16, 2016, issue
of Education Week with Sharon
Contreras, the superintendent of
the Guilford County, N.C., school
district, about women in educa-
"Can Informing Parents Help High School Students Show
Up for School?"
Text messages have proved to be powerful partners
in reminding students of key milestones they need to
complete in order to make it to college. So researchers wondered: Could texting produce a sustained improvement in high school students' attendance?
Turns out the answer is no.
The research organization MDRC teamed up with
New Visions for Public Schools, which provides coaching and other supports to a chain of 70 schools in New
York City, to see if texts could improve attendance.
New Visions wrote the texting software and put it
into practice during the second semester of 2015-16.
The program accessed attendance records and automatically sent daily text messages to parents, telling
them if their children had shown up for class that day.
It also texted the parents weekly attendance summaries. But the experiment found that attendance wasn't
any better than for a control group of students whose
parents did not receive texts, MDRC reports in a paper
on the project.
"What Kids Are Reading"
What do high school students flock to when they
choose their "outside reading?" To Kill A Mockingbird holds a top slot in 9th and 10th grades, with
The Crucible and Macbeth pulling ahead in 11th
and 12th grades, according to a survey of students'
choices in a popular reading program.
To Kill A Mockingbird and titles in the Diary of a
Wimpy Kid series still grab most of the spotlight in
middle school, but so do Lois Lowry's The Giver and
S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, says the annual survey
by Renaissance Learning. The study is drawn from
the reading habits of the 9.8 million students who
participated in Renaissance Learning's Accelerated
Reader 360 program in the 2014-15 school year.
It also finds, however, that students are reading books
and articles that fall short of their grade levels. On average, 12th graders chose books at a 7th grade level of
difficulty. Ninth graders chose books at a 5th grade difficulty level. Only 19 percent of the books seniors chose
exceed the 9th grade level of difficulty.
"Improving Michigan STEM Teachers and Teaching"
A Michigan initiative is finding success getting good
science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in
front of the students who need them the most, an evaluation of the program has found.
The 6-year-old Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching
Fellowship program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has been working with six Michigan universities to build "rigorous, highly selective, clinically-based
programs integrating disciplinary content and pedagogical instruction."
The teaching fellows-from Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State
University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State
University, and Western Michigan University-receive
$30,000 fellowships to complete 12- to 15-month master's degree programs and get three years of mentoring.
The future teachers promise to spend three years teaching in high-needs Michigan schools.
The study by the American Institutes for Research's
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in
Education Research finds that fellows are significantly
more likely than other Michigan educators to teach
"The 2016 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for
Children and Youth"
Three-fourths of children across the United States
aren't getting the recommended physical activity per
week, according to a report card released this month by
the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.
The study drew on a range of data, including a national survey that used accelerometers, which are
devices that measure students' actual activity. The
report estimates that just over one-fifth of children
and youths between ages 6 and 19 participated in
60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise at least
five days per week. More boys (26 percent) met the
recommendations than girls (16.9 percent), but as
children grow older, there's a significant decline in
physical activity across genders. The authors recommend that schools, preschools, and child-care centers work to increase physical-activity opportunities
among their students.
How Educators Fill Classroom Equity Gaps
Supplies (notebooks, binders,
pens, pencils, etc.)
"Teacher & Principal School Report"
An overwhelming majority of educators agree that equity in education should be a national priority-but in the meantime, teachers and
principals report dipping into their own pockets to help fill in the gaps.
Scholastic, the education publishing company, surveyed 4,721 public
school educators-a nationally representative pool made up of 3,694
teachers (including 76 school librarians) and 1,027 principals-over
the summer for its report. Teachers and principals largely say that
their students in both high- and low-poverty schools face barriers to
learning that come from outside the school environment. To meet the
personal needs of students, and to supplement classroom resources to
enhance learning, teachers and principals feel obligated to use their
On average in the past year, the teachers spent $530 of their own
money on classroom items. Teachers in high-poverty schools spent
nearly 40 percent more-an average of $672.
Principals spent an average of $683 of their own money over the
same period to pay for classroom or student supplies, and for principals in high-poverty schools, that figure increased to $1,014.
Just 46 percent of teachers in high-poverty schools receive discretionary funds from their school, district, or parent-teacher organizations, compared with 61 percent of those in low-poverty schools.
A slight majority of teachers (56 percent) have bought their own books
for their classroom. A majority of teachers-54 percent-say they need
culturally relevant books. Teachers also want recently published books,
books with diverse characters, books in languages other than English,
and nonfiction books.
Food and snacks for students
Supplies (tissues, hand
sanitizer, band aids, etc.)
Arts and crafts supplies
Books for the classroom
Clothing for students
Guided reading materials
WHAT DO TEACHERS BUY
FOR THEIR CLASSES?
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - November 30, 2016
Education Week - November 30, 2016
States Eye Control Of Policy Levers
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Warning Sounded on Tech Disrupting Student Sleep
Anxiety on Civil Rights Enforcement
ACT to Offer ELL Students Extra Time for Testing
News in Brief
Group Urges Higher Standards in Teacher-Prep Admissions
Many Students ‘Stop Out’ of High School, Studies Show
Ayat’s Story, Part II: Living a College Dream
SNAPSHOT: A Divisive Presidential Election Spills Into Schools
Will a President Trump Boost Or Undermine School Choice?
Firm Path on Early Ed. Yet to Emerge
For First Family, Decision Ahead Over Schooling
K-12 Braces for Trump’s Immigration Stance
King Calls for End to Corporal Punishment in Schools
STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: N.J. Proposal Would Boost Superintendents’ Pay Cap Texas Curbs Spec. Ed. Enrollment Benchmark High Court Denies Case on Science Standards
LAURA PERILLE: A Model for Revitalizing Arts Education
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ: On Not Erasing the Native American
LUCAS JACOB: Challenge Hatred
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
EVON PETER: Indigenizing Education in The Arctic
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Education Week - November 30, 2016 - News in Brief
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - Report Roundup
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - Group Urges Higher Standards in Teacher-Prep Admissions
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - Many Students ‘Stop Out’ of High School, Studies Show
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - Ayat’s Story, Part II: Living a College Dream
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Education Week - November 30, 2016 - 11
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - 12
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - SNAPSHOT: A Divisive Presidential Election Spills Into Schools
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - Firm Path on Early Ed. Yet to Emerge
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - For First Family, Decision Ahead Over Schooling
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - K-12 Braces for Trump’s Immigration Stance
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Education Week - November 30, 2016 - STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: N.J. Proposal Would Boost Superintendents’ Pay Cap Texas Curbs Spec. Ed. Enrollment Benchmark High Court Denies Case on Science Standards
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ: On Not Erasing the Native American
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - LUCAS JACOB: Challenge Hatred
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - Letters
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Education Week - November 30, 2016 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - 27
Education Week - November 30, 2016 - EVON PETER: Indigenizing Education in The Arctic
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