Online Urban Educator Subscribers:The September edition of the Urban Educatoris now available.You can access the edition in PDF format, or open the document and turn the pages magazine-style.Here’s the link to the PDF:Here’s the link to the magazine format:Henry DuvallEditor
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
NATIONAL UPDATEWebinar: A Parent's Role in ESSA ImplementationIf you were not able to attend live, a recording of the presentation is up on ourYouTube page. Feel free to share this video and the PDF version of the slides with your networks. Both the recording and slides can also be found on our parent-friendly ESSA resources page at PTA.org/ESSA . Webinar Recording Presentation Slides Questions, comments or concerns about ESSA in your community? Contact GovtAffairs@PTA.org.COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PARTNERS UPDATEWeekly Partners Calls:Margaret Horn and Emily Alvarez from PARCC
- Access the slide deck here
- Read the PARCC two-pager on ESSA assessment opportunities
- Read the research studies evaluating PARCC and link here to an online version
- Link to results by state here
- Read the call notesPaul Peterson from Education Next on 2016 Poll Results
- Access the slide deck here
- Dig into the data using the interactive poll results tool
- Read the call notesEric Hirsch and Liisa Potts form edreports.org· Access the slide deck here.
· Read the new ELA reports.
· Read the call notes.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): The Hunt Institute published The Every Student Succeeds Act: Opportunities and Responsibilities, an overview of the new law. They have released the second brief in the re:VISION series on ESSA, School Accountability Systems and the Every Student Succeeds Act.This brief focuses on important school accountability issues under ESSA, including:• What measures the state will use in their accountability systems;• How the required indicators will be used to annually differentiate the performance of all schools• How states will identify the lowest-performing schools and schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.Achieve is excited to announce the creation of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science.The goal of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science will be to identify high-quality lessons and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Building on the work of the EQuIP peer review panels for mathematics and English Language Arts, the science peer reviewers will evaluate lessons and units in their area of expertise and, collectively, will cover grades K-12. Any lessons and units that are determined to be of high quality will be publicly shared via www.nextgenscience.org so that educators and curriculum developers across all states and districts can benefit from these materials. Interested persons must complete this online application. (Application period is Sept. 6 - ) For answers to common questions, check out the FAQ: EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science.INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Studies Show Wide Support for High-Quality Education Standards
According to two studies released last month, a strong majority of respondents to both surveys said they support high-quality educational standards and complementary assessments that allow results to be compared across districts and states. In PDK Research's study, Critical Issues in Public Education, nearly 90 percent of respondents said current educational standards were either appropriate or not rigorous enough. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed also opposed allowing "opt outs" of state standardized tests. A recently released study fromEducationNext found similar results, with more than 60 percent opposing opt-out provisions, and 70 percent of respondents supporting the federal government's requirement that all students be tested in math and reading each year between grades 3-8, and at least once in high school.In that same EducationNext study, roughly two-thirds of respondents supported a requirement to use the same standardized tests in every state, while 73 percent of those surveyed want states to use assessments whose results are comparable across state lines. In addition, EducationNext found that when the term "Common Core" isn't used, support for the concept of high-quality, consistent standards nationwide increases by more than 15 percentage points.Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK)PDK released the results from the 2016 Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Among the topics covered, the need to improve family engagement in education and strengthen family-school partnerships is demonstrated by the findings of the survey. The findings from the poll come as states and school districts are working to create new education plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—the new federal law governing K-12 education. ESSA provides an important opportunity for states, districts and schools to improve family engagement and strength family-school partnerships as it requires that parents are meaningfully consulted in the development and implementation of the new education plans.Education WeekVideo link: http://bcove.me/ew2q57lyEducation Commission SepSTEMber
As part of our commitment to raising awareness of STEM education through SepSTEMber, Education Commission of the States will be hosting a #ECSSTEM Twitter Chat on when you can interact with STEM experts, organizations and initiatives across the country. To join the chat on , just go to Twitter.com and enter #ECSSTEM in the search box.Upcoming Webinars:Building Your Advocacy Family Tree: A Genealogy Approach to Advocacy NetworkingThe Congressional Management Foundation will explore how to coach local leaders to recruit allies in their communities. Register now
Thursday, September 15, 2016
CCSSI UPDATESTATE UPDATESThank you to the leaders from our CCSSI grant states who participated in a meeting in Tampa, FL: Rob Acerra and Rose Acerra from New Jersey PTA, Debbie Tidwell and Sheila Ragland from Ohio PTA, and Linda Kearschner and Cindy Gerhardt from Florida PTA, along with team leaders from AL, CO and NV. Each state had an opportunity to share all of the amazing work they have been doing, learn about ESSA and plan for future work.In addition, we were thrilled to have Laura Bay, National PTA President and Jacki Ball, Director of Government Affairs attend our meeting. Jacki presented on ESSA and both Laura and Jacki provided great input and insight throughout the weekend.
Ohio PTA’s HQAP Committee participated in an event at the Mega Church in Cleveland, OH on August 20, 2016. Workshops were presented on various subjects by Esperanza, Mega Resource Center, Julie Billiart School, Ohio Internet Against Crimes and the Cleveland Police Department. Ohio PTA presented on College and Career Readiness Standards and Assessments and provided lunch, door prizes and PTA information to attendees. A big shout out to HQAP Team Lead Lisa Mack, CCSSI Team Lead Debbie Tidwell, Pam Bonnett, Jeanne Groetz-Shockling, Susan Hans, and Maria Lang for great work!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee will hold a markup of the"Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016" (H.R. 5963) tomorrow, morning at . You can watch the webcast here and read a summary of the bill here. This bill reauthorizes the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The JJDPA, which was signed into law in 1974 and last reauthorized in 2002, prevents children and youth from entering the juvenile justice system and protects those currently in the system.
National PTA has signed onto a letter of support regarding the bipartisan legislation and we expect the bill to pass the Committee press statement and blog on the Senate version. . As you may recall, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed its version of JJDPA in July of 2015. The House and Senate bill are similar but do have some slight differences. National PTA supported the Senate bill. See our
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Unfortunately, these two—and many like them—are in a one-sized-fits-all education system that is neither suited to meeting their particular needs, nor suited to validate and affirm their unique gifts and interests.
As a result, Jade and Alex have suffered tragic experiences that are all too common for students with disabilities: They began to see themselves only through the lens of their disability, internalized the judgement placed on them and experienced feelings of being demoralized.
The silver lining for students like Jade and Alex is that through personalized learning, we are more empowered than ever before to transform this one-size-fits-all system.
At the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), our personalized learning project has traditionally focused on students with disabilities, but we see common themes for every group of students whose experience in learning is unique from that of their peers:
This potential can only become real when individual parents are prepared to be strong advocates for some of the key benefits of this system and it takes each of us asking the hard questions and taking the difficult steps to achieve it.
Ace Parsi is the personalized learning partnership manager at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).
Monday, September 12, 2016
- It's National Arts in Education Week! Join millions of PTA members across the country and in U.S schools overseas during National Arts in Education Week—Sept.11-17 as we celebrate student achievement, advocate for more arts and participate in creative activities. Learn more at PTA.org/ArtsEd.
- As part of National PTA's PTA Proud campaign, we are hosting a Facebook Live Q&A Tues., Sept. 13 with Executive Director Nathan R. Monell, CAE and a #PTABack2School Twitter chat on Thurs., Sept. 15. Check out our new webpage to that shines a light on the PTA community at PTA.org/MyStory.
- Congratulations again to this year's 2016 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award Recipients! Join the webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. EST and get all the info you need to be considered a School of Excellence. Remember, the deadline is Oct. 1.
- Final reminder! Apply for this Thursday's Spanish and English webinar on "Supporting Student Success" with Univision Communications, Common Sense Media and the National Council of La Raza.
- The resolutions committee is seeking resolutions for consideration during the 2017 National Convention in Las Vegas no later than Nov. 1. For more info, see our PTA Resolutions Toolkit.