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October 16, 2017

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The News Journal
Taking risks for success at Olive B. Loss Elementary School in Bear
Olive B. Loss Elementary School teacher Katie Russell knew she was taking a risk asking a class full of fourth-graders to build Rube Goldberg machines. The contraptions are, by definition, needlessly complex. They’re composed of an entire series of devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect and complete some kind of simple goal or task.

Declining enrollment leads to unused space at Christina
As part of an ambitious plan to turn around academic performance in the Christina School District, administrators plan to review unused or underutilized space in schools. The district has been accused of operating under capacity for years. Most recently, state Sen. David Sokola, D-Newark, claimed Christina has several underutilized buildings, causing the state and district to pay more than it should to maintain them.

Delaware 105.9
Gov. Carney signs into law three bills for juvenile justice reform
Governor John Carney has signed into law three bills aimed at helping the youth of Delaware affected by the criminal justice system. Passed unanimously in the House this session, the new laws clarify a juvenile’s waiver of counsel rights, expand Delaware’s civil citation program and give the Courts more latitude to assess judicial transfers. Studies show that young people in contact with the judicial system are vulnerable, and each interaction impacts how they approach typical milestones, such as finishing school, finding their first job and even securing stable housing.

Delaware State News
One in 8 Del. students suspended in 2015-16
Nearly 17,300 students in Delaware public schools were suspended or expelled in the 2015-2016 school year, about 12.7 percent of the state’s 136,000 students. In other words, one in eight pupils received serious discipline, ranging from a one-day in-school suspension to expulsion. Of course, not all schools are created equal. At Polytech High School, for instance, 55 pupils, or 4.6 percent of the student body, were suspended.

School districts explain policies on student fights
For more than 10 seconds on Oct. 3, a Caesar Rodney High student landed a flurry of punches on a special needs schoolmate who tried to deflect them. Just as another student’s recorded cell phone video ended, a staff member appeared to arrive. According to his family, the injured 14-year-old boy was evaluated by a school nurse afterward and advised to see a doctor.

Rodel Blog
Delaware’s public high schools ranked among top ten nationally
Over the weekend I read that U.S. News released its annual collection of high school rankings—and, lo and behold—Delaware’s public high schools landed as eighth-best in the country. Before we pop the champagne, we should note that the website’s methodology examines the highest performing high schools in each state. We realize that some of Delaware’s highest performers select their students, at least in part, on some entrance criteria, and do not always reflect the full diversity of the state’s overall student body.

National News

Bloomberg View
Help poor students scale the ivory tower
America’s elite colleges are more selective than ever before. They also remain disproportionately populated by the wealthy — in part because many qualified students from poor backgrounds don’t even apply. The good news is that there are proven strategies for ensuring that promising students get the opportunities they deserve. What it takes is a concerted effort to reduce barriers and strengthen programs that give low-income kids more guidance about their college options.

When the focus is on the student, not the class
Not that long ago, the high school in Pittsfield, N.H., had some of the lowest standardized tests scores in the state and was known as a dropout factory. But over the past six years, the school district has overhauled its approach to education. Now in most classes, grades aren’t used to measure progress. And that is a relief to Jenny Wellington, an English teacher at Pittsfield High School, who says grades never really told her whether her students were actually learning.

Education Week
Eli Broad steps down, will his influence on K-12 education last?
High-profile education philanthropist Eli Broad has announced he’s stepping away from day-to-day duties at the foundation that he and his wife founded—as well as public life in general—but his legacy in reshaping how private money can influence policy and the politics around those ideas will extend into the foreseeable future, experts say.

The New York Times
Caught sleeping or worse, troubled teachers will return to New York classrooms
Francis Blake has not held a permanent position in a New York City public school in at least five years. At his last job, in a Bronx elementary school, records show he was disciplined for incompetence, insubordination and neglect of duties — he had been caught sleeping in a classroom when he was supposed to be helping with dismissal. Felicia Alterescu, a special-education teacher, has been without a permanent post since 2010, despite high demand for special education teachers.

BDN Maine
Maine high school requires seniors to take internships
Students from Old Orchard Beach High School will have some real-world experience under their belt before graduating, which hopefully will give them an edge in the job market. After launching a pilot program last year, the school is now requiring all students not in a vocational program to do an internship in their senior year.


October 13, 2017

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Coastal Point
Carver Academy unveils new murals
For some kids, it was an excuse to leave class. For others, it was a chance to paint past a bad day and inspire others having a tough time. George Washington Carver Academy unveiled five murals this month that are truly meant to make the school a better place. “Over the course of the 2016-17 school year, our students worked with local artist John Donato to create murals to display throughout school focusing on their work and positive actions … as well as utilizing art as a medium to represent themselves in a positive way,” said Principal Melissa Kansak.

Office of the Governor
Governor Carney, Christina School District, Christina Education Association announce letter of intent to form Wilmington schools partnership
Governor John Carney, Christina School District Superintendent Richard Gregg, and Christina Education Association President Darren Tyson announced on Thursday that they have signed a joint letter of intent to work together and develop a partnership with the goal of improving educational opportunities in the City of Wilmington. The partnership will address the long-term success for the 1,640 Christina students in preschool through grade 8 who reside in Wilmington and attend the district’s four city elementary schools and one middle school.

Rodel Blog
Treating the cause, not the symptoms: What education can learn from the social determinants of health
Blog post by Shyanne Miller, policy associate at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware
Individual behaviors play a role in educational outcomes, but inequitable social and economic factors loom even larger. We know that children of all backgrounds—including those from adverse environments—can find success in school and in life. But the stark, empirical reality tells us public education still mostly favors the haves over the have-nots.

The News Journal
Plan to help Wilmington students begins to take shape
Christina School District’s superintendent and union president on Thursday signed a joint letter of intent to work with Gov. John Carney on a partnership to improve education at its schools in Wilmington. The partnership will address the long-term success of the 1,640 Christina students in preschool through grade 8 who reside in the city, according to Carney’s office.

New middle school planetarium a journey in time and space
When Sandra Smithers graduated from De La Warr High School in New Castle in 1962, people, for the most part, still had no idea what Earth looked like from space. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made the first ever orbit of the planet in 1961 but recorded very little video of the expedition. The footage he did come back with was black and white and grainy.

National News

Education Week
Charter schools in New York can now certify their own teachers
Some charter schools in New York state will soon be allowed to train and certify their own teachers, a move that is drawing criticism from some of the state’s top education officials. This is likely the first time a charter school authorizer has allowed the schools it oversees to certify their own teachers, according to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. The State University of New York Charter Schools Committee approved on Wednesday what has become a controversial proposal for the schools it oversees.

Kindergarten assessments begin to shape instruction
In the not-too-distant past, the kindergarten classrooms at Pleasant Grove Elementary in Heflin, Ala., looked much the same as classrooms for older children. Desks were arranged in rows. Children worked on worksheets. “There wasn’t a lot of differentiation in your instruction,” said Kristi Moore, a kindergarten teacher at the school, located halfway between Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta. “Most of all your children were taught the same way.”

The Atlantic
How Florida’s schools are welcoming Puerto Ricans
As districts across the country brace for thousands of new students fleeing Puerto Rico following the devastation from Hurricane Maria last month, the schools in Orlando, Florida, have a message for educators from the island: We’re hiring. Among the Orange County Public Schools officials who have been stationed at the Orlando airport, greeting more than 100 families and helping displaced parents enroll their children in the city’s public schools, are district human resources personnel interviewing teachers—right there in the terminal.

The Mercury News
Milpitas to DeVos: Public education is working
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a lightning rod for controversy, visited four classes at Thomas Russell Middle School on Thursday, learning about hypothetical dragon DNA, taking a stab at drawing a self-portrait — and hearing about the virtues of public education that some feels she’s devalued. The secretary said she chose to visit Russell to see its personalized learning.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Schools across St. Louis expand lessons using laptops, tablets and smartphones
Rebecca Feazel’s gifted second-graders had a big day recently — it was the day they learned how to use a Google Chromebook laptop. The Hazelwood teacher showed the nine children how to make a Google Slides presentation about fractions on their laptops. They poked the keys one by one with their index fingers, eyes searching for the right letters and punctuation marks. One girl had misspelled the word “dalmatians” as “dolmations.”

October 12, 2017

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Rodel Blog
Treating the cause, not the symptoms: What education can learn from the social determinants of health
Blog post by Shyanne Miller, policy associate at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware
Individual behaviors play a role in educational outcomes, but inequitable social and economic factors loom even larger. We know that children of all backgrounds—including those from adverse environments—can find success in school and in life. But the stark, empirical reality tells us public education still mostly favors the haves over the have-nots.

Coastal Point
East Millsboro Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School
East Millsboro Elementary School was one of three schools in Delaware and 342 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017. This is the second time that East Millsboro Elementary has received this national honor. It also won the award in 2008. Overall, it is the Indian River School District’s ninth National Blue Ribbon Award since 2001.

Sussex County Post
IRSD Special Education Task Force hosting parent focus group meetings
In 2017-18, the Indian River School District’s Special Education Task Force will continue to seek input from parents and families regarding special education services in the district. These meetings provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their experiences and to offer ideas and suggestions directly to the task force. Organizers note that parents and families are “at the core of our success.”

IRSD partners with $tand By Me in free scholarship workshop
Indian River School District is partnering with $tand By Me to host a free scholarship workshop Thursday, Oct. 26. The two-hour workshop will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sussex Central High School, located at 26026 Patriots Way in Georgetown. The workshop is aimed at helping high school students and their families understand the resources available to identify scholarships and to share essential tips on how to write effective essays.

‘I didn’t think he would make it through high school’–until this Lewes mother found Bridge Way
“You do what you’ve got to do for your kids, in hopes that they make it.” 260 miles: that’s how far Jackie Hudiburg had to travel daily to and from Lewes to Northeast Philadelphia so her son, Sam*, now 19, could attend The Bridge Way School, the area’s only recovery high school that aims to continue education programs for teens while also providing them with the necessary supports to overcome an addiction.

Wilmington looking into its own school district, but it will cost you
“He’s come to the table with 60 percent, and he’s looking at us, hey can you up it because everyone else around you is paying more,” said Wilmington City Councilman Ciro Adams, the lone Republican on council. Adams said the city has to do more to come up with funding for the proposed school district especially if the state is willing to step up. “We double the wage tax from 1.25 to 2.50, and use it exclusively for the school system to provide both segments to it,” said Adams. Delaware
Coded by Kids is coming to Wilmington
Coded by Kids, a Philly-based nonprofit that offers free coding classes for kids at community centers and schools, is officially launching in Delaware, and is reaching out for volunteers. After a successful pilot program over the summer, CbK chose Kingswood Community Center in the Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington as its first point of entry in the First State. Capital One is funding the program, which is slated to start in November.

Department of Education
Delaware 2018 Teacher of the Year to be named
Press Release
One of 20 outstanding public school teachers from across the state will be named Delaware’s 2018 Teacher of the Year a week from tonight. Selected from among the more than 9,000 public school teachers in the state, the nominees each represent one of the state’s 19 school districts and network of charter schools. Governor John Carney will announce the winner at the annual awards banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover.

National News

For Puerto Rico’s children, finding a ‘safe place’ in the few schools that are open
Back-to-school season didn’t last long this year in Puerto Rico. First Hurricane Irma and then Maria forced schools to close and turned the lives of students and their families upside down. Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Education Julia Keleher says that of nation’s 1,113 public schools, 22 reopened last week and another 145 this week. They’re hoping that the majority will be open by Oct. 23. Some are still functioning as emergency shelters.

4 more ways K–12 counselors can better reach their students by going digital
Technology and social media have taken a great leap in the counseling world. Now you can receive therapy through text and video chat, track your mental health through apps, and participate in-group sessions online. Just as data and machine learning have been proven effective for school counseling, apps and online tools can help facilitate better student care. Because technology plays such a big role in our students’ lives — academically, socially and emotionally — these types of resources can be really helpful for school counselors, allowing them to connect on a deeper level and better communicate.

The Federalist
These two Colorado Counties Are ground zero for school choice across the country
School choice has become a hot-button issue in Colorado over the past decade. Currently two of Colorado’s largest school districts are engaging in very public fights over the future of K-12 education. Jefferson County is Colorado’s second largest school district and serves about 86,000 students. In recent years, JeffCo has been a hot battleground between teachers unions and supporters of school choice.

The Philadelphia Tribune
What should Black parents do when the feeder school system fails?
Commentary by Dr. Elizabeth Primas, program manager for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign
I was recently approached by a father of a student from Ann Arundel County, Maryland, who was disappointed that his son was unable to attend his neighborhood magnet school; his son met all the requirements to become classified as a magnet student. Upon inquiry, administrators informed the father that the feeder school system did not permit his child to attend the desired school, even though the campus was less than two miles away from their family home.

Education Post
This black male educator teaches a social justice class to middle schoolers in west Philly
Someone once asked me, “Why teach social justice to eighth-graders?” The answer is simple: As educators, we do not control the world our students face when they step outside of our classrooms. However, we are responsible for how prepared our students are to engage with that world. Back in 2016, Sharif El-Mekki and Katie Ziemba at Philadelphia’s Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus provided me with the opportunity to do exactly that, developing and facilitating a course focused specifically on social justice.

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