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September 25, 2017

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Cape Henlopen High does pledge in Spanish for Hispanic Heritage Month
There were two pledge of allegiances read over the loud speaker at Cape Henlopen High School this week. The first in English and the second read entirely in Spanish to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. “It was just for this week, along with that we’ll be reading some fun facts for Hispanic Heritage Month, and as you may know we’re a bilingual school at our elementary, and from September 15th to October 15, so we were just doing this to highlight,” Miller said.

Delaware Public Media
Cab Calloway School of the Arts celebrates 25th anniversary
Born of desperation and nurtured through an unsteady childhood, the Cab Calloway School of the Arts is now a respected adult in the world of Delaware public education – 25 years old and going strong. But it wasn’t easy for the 940-student middle and high school, the first successful magnet school in Delaware, to mature and prosper. In its first year, and from time to time in its first decade, its future was in doubt.

Delaware State News
McDowell ‘strived to improve the lot of his fellow man’
Last Sunday, we published an obituary for Floyd E. McDowell Sr., a longtime educator who advocated for school and health care reforms. He was an occasional contributor to the Delaware State News opinion page. There was a fitting line in his obituary that read, “He was a champion of the disenfranchised and a quixotic dreamer who strived to improve the lot of his fellow man.”

Boy warrior: Welch Elementary student gets help in cancer fight
In Von Kleiv’s mind, when he was snapping a couple of wooden boards in half with his hands by virtue of his newfound karate skills, the message went much deeper than what anybody else could probably see. To the second-grader from Major George S. Welch Elementary School, he could have just as easily been beating down the cancer cells that infiltrated his body in May 2016, as opposed to crushing the boards.

Sussex County Post
IRSD hosting free college financial aid workshop this week
Indian River School District is partnering with $tand By Me to offer a free financial aid workshop for students and their families to promote college awareness and enrollment. Every year, talented Delaware students do not apply to college because they think they cannot afford it. Through this workshop, participants will learn that financial aid of all varieties is more accessible than ever before and, with a little pre-planning, families will find that college is within their reach. Delaware
Wilmington’s future brightens as TeenSHARP HQ opens its doors
TeenSHARP, the college preparatory program for underserved teens of color who strive to be Successful, High-Achieving and Reaching Potential (SHARP) opened its regional headquarters in Wilmington this week. Located in the Community Education Building, Delaware Public Media reports the new HQ will provide space for about 300 students who will participate in college prep programs, including College Access Ambassador Training.

The News Journal
Christina embarks on massive turnaround to help Wilmington students
One of the lowest-performing school districts in the state says it will compete to attract more of the area’s best students. When new Superintendent Richard Gregg was a student in the district in the 1970s, Christina was not only the biggest school district in the state; it had some of the best test scores.

Sneak peek: William Penn to open Innovation Center
One month into the new school year, William Penn High School in New Castle is getting ready to reveal a grant-funded innovation center for its upperclassmen and long-distance learners. The old, second-floor library at WPHS has been transformed into a state-of-the-art learning facility that includes glass-enclosed collaboration rooms, a flexible, wired classroom with swiveling webcams and smart boards, and comfortable seating, as well as a small collection of books.

Christina School District must answer call to do better
Christina School District Superintendent Richard Gregg has issued a call to action for revitalizing the district. That is exciting and necessary, and everyone in the Christina community — from parents and students to teachers and school board members — should embrace it. Gregg, who grew up in Christina when it was a top-flight district, seems to recognize how badly the district’s reputation has declined. It is now widely considered the worst school district in Delaware.

National News
Connecticut Supreme Court to hear landmark education case
A judge’s landmark ruling that declared Connecticut’s system for funding its public schools unconstitutional is set to go before the state Supreme Court. Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in the state’s appeal of the ruling. The hearing comes as Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators are mired in a budget impasse that includes debate over how the state should distribute education aid to cities and towns.

Education Dive
Civics ed key to equity, improving discourse
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor joined a group of experts Thursday to discuss the importance of enriching civics education in order to advance not only political knowledge, but also social equality. Among the many topics speakers discussed at the “Democracy at a Crossroads” event, held at the Newseum, they all emphasized this point: a good civics education and background is critical to graduating students who know how to engage in our society.

Grayson Record
Grayson students to pass civics test to graduate
Grayson County students now will have to pass a civics test to graduate from high school, under a vote taken Sept. 14 by the Grayson County Board of Education. Earlier this year, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 159, requiring students to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate from a public high school with a regular diploma. Local school boards are expected to prepare or approve a test based on questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test – the exam given to people seeking to become naturalized citizens.

The 74 Million
When diploma mills give innovation, and school choice, a bad name
Opinion by Michael J. Petrilli, research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
Secretary of education Betsy DeVos just had the best week of her tenure so far, thanks to a well-orchestrated back-to-school tour that ended in Indiana on Sept. 15. She had a clear, attractive message and stuck to it: We need to unleash the creativity and innovation of our schools and educators, and stop trying to make one size fit all. She also demonstrated a true commitment to sector-agnosticism—she visited traditional public schools, not just private and charter ones—and celebrated schools that are as far from her own conservative Christian upbringing as one can imagine—and did it all with grace and humor.


September 22, 2017

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Cape Gazette
Cape adds teachers to reduce class sizes
Class sizes at Cape Henlopen School District’s newest elementary school are already bursting at the seams, prompting the hiring of more teachers. Parent Jennifer Silva said her son’s fifth-grade class at Love Creek Elementary has 32 students, and other fifth-grade classes are about the same size. “The school looks pretty, but they overcrowded it,” she said.

Delaware State News
Carney signs bills simplifying licensing for teachers
Gov. John Carney signed Thursday two bills that simplify the licensure requirements for educators, with the stated goal of allowing the state to attract and retain more teachers and other school personnel. House Substitute 1 for House Bill 143 eliminates the general knowledge exam for teachers, gives new educators coming from out of state an extra year to take the specialized assessment, and offers more administrative support for beginning teachers.

Delmarva Now
Millsboro one-room school’s restoration shows a different era in education
A relic of a time when boys and girls were not allowed to sit together in school will be open to the public later this month. Godwin’s School, a one-room schoolhouse closed in 1936, has been the focus of an extended restoration effort by the Millsboro Historical Society since 1988. The results of that labor will be on display Sept. 30. The society’s president, Margaret Mitchell, a semi-retired Indian River School District teacher, has a personal stake in the decades of restoration efforts — her mother was a student at Godwin’s from 1911 to 1920.

Real Clear Education
Americans Agree: High Standards, Skills Training Are Keys to Success
Commentary by Jack Markell, former governor of Delaware
The summer of 1977 was life-changing for me. I was 17 years old and traveled to India for the first time, where I was struck by the overwhelming poverty and lack of opportunity, particularly for young people. During those few weeks, I developed a deeper understanding of the historical barriers to equity in India and of the connection between strong communities, stable job opportunities and an educated, skilled workforce—lessons that have stayed with me throughout my career.

The News Journal
Gov. John Carney visits schools in Wilmington
Carney said his office and the Department of Education will help support school districts like Christina as they work to increase student achievement.

National News

Education Week
Personalized learning a big challenge in high school redesign, RAND finds
Personalized learning is hard. For the ed-tech community, that, again, is the takeaway from new research by the RAND Corporation. This time, the findings come from an early-stage evaluation of “Opportunity By Design” high schools, which are funded and supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

What America’s ‘baby bust’ means for public policy
When unemployment spikes during severe economic downturns, birth rates usually drop. That’s been true for the past decade, thanks to the Great Recession and its aftermath. But there’s a stark difference this time around: The economy is improving, but birth rates aren’t. Newly-released federal estimates find that the fertility rate fell further last year to 62.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, a historic low.

Miami 4th-graders write about their experiences with hurricanes
When the fourth-graders in Mrs. Marlem Diaz-Brown’s class returned to school on Monday, they were tasked with writing their first essay of the year. The topic was familiar: Hurricane Irma. By Wednesday, they had worked out their introduction and evidence paragraphs and were brainstorming their personal experiences. To help them remember, Mrs. D-B had them draw out a timeline — starting Friday before the storm.

The Atlantic
The most polarizing education reformer in New York City
Back in 2004, The New York Times described Eva Moskowitz as having “sharp elbows.” At the time, Moskowitz represented Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side on New York’s City Council and had, according to the Times profile, emerged as one of the council’s most influential members. Those sharp elbows helped her get things done, whether that meant replacing plastic newspaper racks with stylish fiberglass ones or taking on powerful teachers’ unions in the name of improving the city’s beleaguered public schools.

Trib Live
Pa. Department of Education submits federal education plan for review
If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in the minds of state leaders when it comes to education, some experts say looking at Pennsylvania’s new education plan —, which the state Department of Education submitted Monday to the federal government — could give parents and the public a clue. “These plans are not the entire blueprint of the entire state education system,” said Julie Rowland Woods, a policy analyst with the nonprofit think tank Education Commission of the States.

USA Today
School choice is crucial for African-American students’ success
Commentary by T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami
Once upon a time, it may have been unheard of for the head of an urban league dedicated to the improvement of lives for African-American children to partner with a Republican to work on school reform. As part of one of his education reform efforts, Florida governor Jeb Bush convinced me to help him go around that state in an attempt to get school choice legislation passed.

September 21, 2017

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Delaware Public Media
TeenSHARP opens headquarters in Wilmington
College-level tutoring program TeenSHARP is opening its regional headquarters in Wilmington Thursday. TeenSHARP seeks out promising students of color to help prepare them for higher education during Saturday class sessions at the University of Delaware. “Quite frankly, we’re looking for what we call unapologetic nerds,” said Founder and CEO Tatiana Poladko. Delaware
The Barn’s Conrad Red Wolves rebrand is just getting started
Like many high schools across the country, Conrad Schools of Science  eventually had to address the fact that their longtime team name had to go. For 80 years, Conrad was the home of the “Redskins.” Today, it’s the home of the Red Wolves, the new name chosen by the students.

Sussex County Post
Carver Academy hosting mural unveiling/community night Oct. 2
A school/community-based work of art in the works for nearly a year will soon be christened at G.W. Carver Academy. On Oct. 2, the Indian River School District’s alternative school will host the mural project unveiling/community night. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, G.W. Carver Academy students worked with local artist John Donato to create several motivational murals that will be on display throughout the school building.

National News

Charleston Gazette – Mail
WV lawmakers hear about policies on teacher seniority, school vouchers
Reducing the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions, and allowing families to put public school funding toward private schooling and home schooling, were both concepts that school employee unions opposed and that saw supportive bills fail during this year’s legislative session. This week, the ideas resurfaced in legislative interim meetings. But this week’s presentations didn’t include details on specific legislation.

eSchools News
Putting the “A” in STEAM education this school year
As more students head back to school, we will continue to hear about how educators can successfully incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education into curriculums from as early as Kindergarten. Whether it’s providing students with hands-on robotics tools where they can learn to code, program and design on their own, or using more in-class devices like Google Chromebooks that familiarize students with technology and problem-solving skills, there are many ways to integrate STEM into the classroom.

The 74 Million
New study finds 1 in 4 teachers chronically absent from classrooms; Problem is three times worse in traditional schools
Teachers in traditional district schools are three times as likely to be chronically absent from the classroom as those in charter schools, meaning they are gone for more than 10 days in a typical 180-day school year, a new research paper has found. In all, 28.3 percent of teachers in traditional schools, compared with 10.3 percent in charters, miss that much time, according to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-leaning education-focused think tank, in a study on teacher absenteeism nationwide released Wednesday.

Tracking students through graduation — and then through college — like no one else in America
Nobody tracks their alumni into and through college like KIPP. And that was strikingly clear the day I spent at KIPP NYC College Prep, a school that’s about half-Hispanic, half-black — and nearly all low-income. Just a day at the school in New York City’s South Bronx explains how KIPP has made such rapid gains in its college success rate: In a college prep class for juniors, KIPP alumni from two different colleges came to tell the highs and lows of college life.

U.S. News & World Report
New documentary explores the digital divide
The United States is likely to reach the goal of making sure every single public school has access to the internet by 2020, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit focused on this milestone. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.” Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. And even before bandwidth, plenty of schools don’t have the laptops or tablets that students need to get online.


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