All 190 graduating seniors from a struggling Washington, D.C., high school were accepted to college this year. The school encouraged students to succeed by taking them on college tours and having teachers help students with their college applications.
Ed tech is at a "tipping point," Richard Culatta, the new CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education or ISTE, told a gathering of educators at the nation's largest ed-tech conference happening here this week.
Students in some schools nationwide are taking their school-issued laptops home over the summer to help facilitate student learning during the summer break. These lending programs also help reduce disparities between students from low-income and high-income families by making sure all students have access to technology.
The new edition of Why Rural Matters, from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rural School and Community Trust, provides an overall “priority” ranking of the 50 states, showing the greatest needs in rural education. The report also ranks the states and includes state-by-state data on demographics and poverty, student achievement, state resources, and college and career readiness.
Equal doesn't mean equitable, and that is especially true when it comes to school funding in the United States, where laws haven't adjusted to evolving communities and student populations. In the United States, schools get most of their funding through a per-pupil formula that allocates money from local taxes, state lotteries, and federal grants to districts, who in turn allocate funds to schools (Turner, Khrais, Lloyd, Olgin, Isensee, Vevea, & Carsen, 2016).
Schools where students feel safe, engaged and connected to their teachers are also schools that have narrower achievement gaps between low-income children and their wealthier peers. A research analysis found correlations between improved school climates and narrower achievement gaps between students in different socio-economic groups.
Addressing equity is not something that can be separate from any other element of professional learning. It is integrated into any effective approach to any of Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning.
New efforts aim to head off teacher biases by running preservice students through simulations or embedding them in urban neighborhoods.
One of the unintended consequences of the standards movement was to narrow student progress to a test score, and there's growing evidence that a single test score is a poor measure of readiness for college, careers and life
Some teacher-training programs are adding cultural competency components to help enhance the skills of educators who will teach diverse students. Such programs aim to teach educators -- who may come from a different cultural and economic background from students -- about how biases can affect students.
This article takes into consideration the prospective of one teacher of students who dealt with low-income that truly found fulfillment in his environment. Read and learn more about this teacher’s point of view that pushes his beliefs on the lack of respect for teachers of low-income schools and how it should change.
Tiffany Anderson, the superintendent in the Jennings, Mo., school district, set up a food pantry and installed washers and dryers in all of the district’s school buildings. Anderson is demonstrating how high-poverty communities can improve academic achievement by focusing on meeting students’ needs outside the classroom as well as inside it, and harnessing the power of partnerships to do so even in a volatile environment. Great leader doing great things. Take a look at this brief video.
How many of these characteristics are top priority in your classroom? Countless homeless, foster, low-income, and abused students are enrolled in K–12 schools nationwide. When students with special needs, English language learners (ELLs), and students who've been suspended from school are added in, it's apparent that being a teacher isn't easy, especially now when teachers are expected to raise test scores at all costs. In fact, today teacher morale—particularly in high-needs schools—is at a 20-year low. Nevertheless, it's still possible for teachers to work effectively with "challenging" students.
Have you read Eric Jenson’s new book? Here’s an introduction to this must read for all teachers and school leaders in high poverty schools. I recently sat down with Eric Jensen to talk about his new book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement. If you haven’t come across Eric Jensen’s work before, you’re missing out. He reads between 200 and 300 peer-reviewed studies per year and has a great way of taking research and making it really practical and accessible for real teachers in real classrooms. Not only does he have a compelling personal story, he has a contagious passion for educating children that manages to balance a bracing understanding of the reality we face with a boundless optimism for the miracles we can create in the classroom each day.
This blog post highlights several education leaders' biggest worries that keep them up at night. Jim Roberts, superintendent at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana, says students' 24/7 access to each other via digital tools is a concern.
Having the same universal per-student allocation in both affluent and nonaffluent community schools will never level the playing field for those who need it most. However, there are strategies principals and district leaders can apply to ensure their school spending has the greatest impact in narrowing gaps. Here are seven strategies to counterbalance inequitable funding formulas.
What does it mean to disrupt inequity?
Head Start, the federally funded preschool program for children from low-income families, is sometimes thought of as a single entity, particularly in discussions of funding or new regulations.
Contrary to popular belief, DNA is not a child's destiny. IQ is not fixed. Cognitive skills can change. This is critically important in K-12 schools because of the poverty gap -- the difference between a child's chronological age and developmental age.
Evidence suggests that grading policies disproportionately disadvantage students in poverty. Two teachers reflect on the complexities of mastery, equity, and compassion in assessment practices.
Poor students enter kindergarten already lagging behind their more affluent peers.
An activity called a “make-a-thon” was designed to encourage students, all African American, attending school in a poor neighborhood to focus their talents as they grow older on building bridges and towers and gadgets. Research shows that many students lose interest in the fields or confidence in their abilities by middle school.
Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind challenges teachers to set a new bar: to reach more students in more engaging and profound ways. Jensen presents engagement strategies that tell teachers specifically how to: expand cognitive capacity to enable students to reach high goals, increase motivation and effort, build a deep, enduring understanding of content, improve classroom behaviors, and foster powerfully positive attitudes and mind sets in both students and teachers.
The U.S. public schools system’s focus on struggling students leaves high-achievers – especially minorities, the economically disadvantaged and English-language learners – without a challenging enough education, experts say.
Data show 99% of public schools and libraries are connected to the Internet. Still, some say connectivity alone doesn't mean students have equal access, especially in schools with low-income student populations. Efforts by some schools to help close the digital divide include adding Wi-Fi on buses and in kiosks in low-income areas.
There's little disagreement nationally about the importance of early-childhood education, but settling on the right approach to funding and policy approaches is a different matter.More on the direction of Early Childhood Education.
How should this inform your cell phone policy?In New York, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind ban is enforced predominantly at schools with metal detectors—the same schools that could benefit the most from technology-friendly policies.
The hours between 3-7 p.m. can be risky for many high school students, as they are often alone and unsupervised. Violent juvenile crimes occur most frequently in the hours immediately following the end of school on school days, according to federal data. After-school programs – long an option for working parents of younger children – can be an important tool in preventing at-risk teens from dropping out.After-school programs can keep teens out of trouble after the last bell rings. Read more about how to keep teens on a positive path to have a successful life in the near future.
In order to achieve success in the classroom with African American and Latino students, the educator must understand the population that he/she teaches, as well as consistently analyze if his/her teaching practices are effective. If you do not understand the population of students you teach, your success in the classroom can be greatly minimized. With all the recent debates on ways to reach the African American and Latino student population, here is a list of twelve tips all educators of African American and Latino children should know. Some of the tips can apply to all students.
It's well known that students find it harder to focus if they haven't slept the night before, but new research suggests sleep problems and attention-deficit disorders may be linked in ways that escalate both problems.
Students whose families are running low on food stamp benefits perform worse on math tests, according to a study by researchers at the University of South Carolina. Researchers say the way in which food stamps are distributed in South Carolina coincides with testing schedules in such a way that students may have gone hungry for several days by test time.
As evidence builds of the importance of sleep for learning and the ways in which school policies can interfere with students' zzz's, here's one more team of researchers worth watching: New Jersey middle schoolers Beata Wolak and Ruth Daly.
A new research brief offers a stark portrait of the risks of being the first in your family to attend college. Only 20 percent of those "first-generation" college students earn bachelor's degrees by the time they're 25. For students from college-going families, that number is 43 percent.
The first step toward educational equity for homeless students—and other students living in poverty—is to get them to come to school.
Writer, Rachel George, confronts head on many stereotypes that are used as an excuse each day to justify they subpar education that individuals of poverty are subject to daily. She offers specific steps in a strategy that can be used to help even the best teacher reflect upon their philosophies and grow as an educator.
Flint, Mich., is facing many challenges that directly affect education, including a water crisis, a student population made of a majority of "economically disadvantaged" students and a funding deficit. Still, schools are making inroads, with many attributing gains to the revival of a community-education model.
Schools face a constant challenge – how to get families more engaged in what’s happening in the class.
What can we do to help our high school student succeed? Is there something we should be doing at home? To answer these questions, the author went to research from Harvard researchers, Nancy Hill. Her strategies are differentiated from the elementary school model of parent involvement – that can help with parents and families of high school students. The core of the strategy involves academic socialization – a family’s ability to communicate academic expectations and foster education and career aspirations.
How are you building supportive school communities for low-income children?Changes in the American economy pose enormous challenges for America's public schools and the dream of socioeconomic mobility for low-income families. By upgrading the skills required by hundreds of middle-class occupations, technology has increased what the nation asks of its schools. At the same time, growing income inequality has affected where families live and how much money they can spend to nurture their children's abilities.
Poor kids tend to be less prepared for school, but having books at home can help, study suggests.
Poor kids tend to be less prepared for school, but having books at home can help, study suggests.
Low-income, high-striving black adolescents had increased odds of finishing their college education and earning higher incomes than those who were less determined, but they had more than two times higher likelihood of developing diabetes by age 29, compared with high-achieving black peers from high-income families, according to a study in Pediatrics.
More than half of K–12 public school students in the United States now come from low-income households. Will we choose to provide what these students need?
An overwhelming majority of educators agree that equity in education should be a national priority—but in the meantime, teachers report dipping into their own pockets to help fill in the gaps.
Students from households making $35,000 per year or less have an equal chance at thriving in college as students from higher-income families, according to a new survey. Researchers say the survey dispels the perception that low-income students "cannot thrive in a variety of four-year college ecosystems."
Did you know? A child’s family situation and socioeconomic status can cause differences in the brain that impact literacy, cognitive function, and more. But these gaps and deficits can be overcome.
Reginald Quartey handed in a perfectly fine paper to his English teacher at Oakland High School last year, and his teacher handed it back with a less than stellar grade. To Quartey, this was a good thing — to be seen as the thoughtful, ambitious student he is.
John Hattie developed a way of ranking various influences in different meta-analyses related to learning and achievement according to their effect sizes. In his ground-breaking study “Visible Learning” he ranked 138 influences that are related to learning outcomes from very positive effects to very negative effects.
Low-income children are closing the gap with wealthier peers when it comes to school readiness, according to new research.
There isn’t a set recipe for raising successful kids, but psychology research points to a handful of factors that could help.
The demand to turn around failing schools has so far produced few successes ("After 2 Years, Progress Is Hard to See in Some Struggling City Schools," The New York Times, Jul. 19). New York City, which is home to the nation's largest school district, is not much different from other urban school systems.
Educator and consultant Will Richardson says it’s time to change our internal working models about what education should be and focus around the question: How do kids learn best?
Rural school districts in South Carolina say the state's lawmakers have failed to create a court-ordered plan to improve rural school districts, according to the Associated Press.
More than 230 New York City public middle schools were involved in a study that found a chain reaction at work: leaking toilets, smelly cafeterias, broken furniture, and run-down classrooms made students feel negatively which lead to high absenteeism and in turn, contributed to low test scores and poor academic achievement.
A consortium of 30 local community leaders, churches, and nonprofit organizations in Alexandra, Va., work together to help meet the needs of area youths. Some of the programs are delivered through schools, including a backpack-feeding program.
My colleagues and I – in partnership with friends at Crisis Assistance Ministry – have, for some months, been studying poverty and economic hardship in Charlotte. This may seem odd because the Queen City is an economic powerhouse.
Minnesota district uses mobile dining service to feed children. The Winona Area Public School District in Minnesota is using a bus to deliver free meals to children over the summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The USDA set a goal of serving more than 200 million meals nationwide this summer and chose Minnesota as a target state.
The metric used to count the number of poor students enrolled in a school is broken.
Race gaps in the quality of prekindergarten programs are significant, according to an analysis of programs in 11 states compiled with data from the National Center for Early Development & Learning.
Children living in the rural Appalachian region of Ohio have seen little improvement when it comes to education and health outcomes over the past 15 years, and they continue to lack access to critical amenities like health care and technology, according to a new report.