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June 04, 2018 01:47 pm
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All4Ed Starts Major Initiative to Ensure Science of Adolescent Learning Drives Critical Secondary Education Decisions

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This week we released a report that is the start of a major initiative for the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) to ensure that critical education decisions are driven by science. Working with colleagues, I authored Synapses, Students, and Synergies: Applying the Science of Adolescent Learning to Policy and Practice to point out the major opportunities that exist in the next few years and also urge new ways to work together to maximize impact.

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Science of Adolescent Learning
Posted: June 19, 2018 12:51 pm

How to Prevent a Summer Slide

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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June 19, 2018 12:51 pm
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Rising temperatures and longer days mean one thing to kids across America: school is out for summer. But as school doors shutter and students return home for summer vacation, one major question looms on the minds of parents and educators. How can we prevent summer learning loss?

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Expanded Learning Opportunities, Teachers and School Leaders
Posted: June 19, 2018 09:44 am

Guest Blog: Self-Advocacy and Chronic Absenteeism: A Harder Measure of a “Soft Skill”

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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June 19, 2018 09:44 am
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The following blog post was written by Ace Parsi, personalized learning partnership manager at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).

Education reformers find themselves in a challenging place. On the one hand, in order to overcome prevailing opportunity gaps, we must do more than focus on the narrow issues of literacy and math. Instead, we must ensure that students develop the range of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that jobs of the future will require.  These skills will matter for all students, whether they have disabilities, are English learners, face poverty, experience homelessness, or belong to none of these student groups.

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Personalized Learning
Posted: June 18, 2018 03:42 pm

Oakland High School Graduate Brings His Linked Learning Success Story to Capitol Hill

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June 18, 2018 03:42 pm
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As a child, Amin Robinson dreamed of becoming a firefighter, but his ambitions changed as he grew older. Today, this member of the Class of 2018 (pictured here in his high school graduation cap and gown) is an aspiring artist with an interest in increasing diversity and representation for people of color. His experiences as a student in the Visual Arts Academy Magnet Program (VAAMP) at Oakland High School in California offered Amin a unique opportunity to engage his passion for art both inside and outside the classroom, boosting his confidence in himself and his future.

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Career & Technical Education, Linked Learning
Posted: June 15, 2018 11:40 am

Deeper Learning Digest: What’s in Students’ Digital Backpacks?

Ninth-grade students work together on an Algebra II assignment. Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action
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June 15, 2018 11:40 am
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Imagine students maintaining a digital portfolio of their deeper learning skills, keeping track of projects and tasks that have involved critical thinking, collaboration, communication.

This week’s digest features “digital backpacks” full of deeper learning skills for Kentucky students. Also check out a major personalized learning initiative in Fresno, a new deeper learning model in Virginia, and highlights from a recent Hewlett Foundation Twitter Chat.

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Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: June 11, 2018 04:31 pm

Federal Flash: DeVos Goes to Battle for Budget, But Plays Defense on Policy

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June 11, 2018 04:31 pm
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was back on Capitol Hill last week defending her policies and proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Education. Also last week – there was movement on policy for undocumented students, homeless students, career and technical education, and the confirmation of an additional member of the Secretary’s team at the Department.

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Federal Flash
Posted: June 01, 2018 11:04 am

Deeper Learning Digest: Twitter Chat, Much?

MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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June 01, 2018 11:04 am
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Twitter chat, much? That’s where all the deeper learning action is these days! From a Hewlett Foundation chat today at 1:30pm ET, to a chat solely focused on assessment for learning earlier this week, the Twittersphere is buzzing with talk of deeper learning.

In addition to info and highlights from these chats, this week’s digest highlights an important podcast episode by NPR’s Teaching Matters on assessments, equity, and the workforce, and the “perfect match” connection between project-based learning and social emotional learning.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: May 22, 2018 01:51 pm

How Student Voice Can Inform Assessment for Learning in Schools

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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May 22, 2018 01:51 pm
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Schools often consult outside experts to help them enhance their curriculum or improve student outcomes, using the latest and greatest assessment tools in hopes of seeing a difference in student outcomes. But there is an easily accessible support available to teachers that taps resources sitting right in their classrooms—their students.

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Assessments
Posted: May 21, 2018 02:33 pm

High School Graduation Rates and Their Effect on the American Economy

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May 21, 2018 02:33 pm
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How does an individual’s decision to drop out of high school affect the rest of us? And, conversely, how does a student graduating from high school benefit all of us?

Those were the questions the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) sought to answer when it began working on an economic model that would demonstrate the economic impact of a 90 percent high school graduation rate.

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Economic Impacts, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement
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