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March 21, 2017

What Do People Know About Excellent Teaching and Learning??(Center for American Progress)

Mass incarceration and children's outcomes: Criminal justice policy is education policy (Economic Policy Institute)

The Right Tool for the Job: Improving Reading and Writing in the Classroom (Fordham)

March 14, 2017

Template for ESSA consolidated state plans (U.S. Department of Education)

Proposed Cuts to AmeriCorps Would Be Devastating for Education Reform (Center for American Progress)

The Right Tool for the Job: Improving Reading and Writing in the Classroom (Fordham)

Measuring the Achievement and Experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native Youth: National Indian Education Study 2015 (NCES)

March 7, 2017

Best States for Education (U.S. News)

Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures?(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and ?Medicine)

Making Learning Personal for All: Research and the Promise of Personalized Learning (Digital Promise)

The State of American High School Graduates: What States Know (and Don't) About Student Performance?(Achieve)

February 28, 2017

Reimagining the School Day: Innovative Schedules for Teaching and Learning (Center for American Progress)

Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis (NCTQ)


February 21, 2017

Coaching for Impact: Six Pillars to Create Coaching Roles That Achieve Their Potential to Improve Teaching and Learning (Learning Forward)


Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises (NCTQ)

When Educators Learn, Students Learn (CTAC)


February 14, 2017

How Much Teachers Make in Every State, GO Banking Rates

From Print to Digital: Guide to Quality Instructional Materials, SEDTA

6 Questions From Newsela That Teach Students to Distinguish Between Fake News and the Real Thing, The 74

Letter to State Chief School Officers about implementation of ESSA,?Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education


February 7, 2017

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do (revised) (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards)

Resources Addressing Hate and Harassment in Schools (Learning First Alliance)

From Hammer to Flashlight: A Decade of Data in Education (Data Quality Campaign)

Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs (Council of Chief State School Officers)January 31, 2016

School Climate Resource Package?(National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments at the U.S. Department of Education)

Early Learning Child Development Resources?(U.S. Department of Education)

Collection of Civil Rights Resources (U.S. Department of Education)

ESSA Stakeholder Engagement: Early Challenges and Promising Practices ?(NASBE)

5 key trends in U.S. student performance (Economic Policy Institute)


January 17, 2017

Teacher Stress and Health: Effects on Teachers, Students and Schools ?(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Quality Counts: 2017 Report and Rankings (Education Week)

Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?(Edutopia)

TEACHING IN THE MACHINE AGE: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better (Christensen Institute)

Union Role in Teacher Leadership (AFT)

Education Secretary John King's Cabinet Exit Memo (U.S. Department of Education)


Week of December 19. 2016

Landscapes in Teacher Prep, National Council on Teacher Quality

Links to State Plan Drafts [for ESSA Implementation] That Have Been Released, Collaborative for Student Success

Undue Process: Why Bad Teachers in 25 Diverse Districts Rarely Get Fired, Fordham

Rethink Discipline, U.S. Department of Education

Equity and ESSA: Leveraging Educational Opportunity Through the Every Student Succeeds Act, Learning Policy Institute

Proposed Regulations to Encourage Better and Fairer Tests and Reduce the Burden of Testing, U.S. Department of Education

Final Regulations Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), U.S. Department of Education


Week of December 5, 2016

You Got This: Educational Pathways for Youth Transitioning from Juvenile Justice Facilities?(U.S. Department of Education)

New NAEP Strategic Vision?(National Assessment Governing Board)

PARCC releases 3rd-8th grade test items for 2015-2016.?

Show Me the Data: State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action?(Data Quality Campaign)


Week of November 28, 2016

Final Regulations for ESSA Title I Accountability, U.S. Department of Education

New Call-to-Action-Paper! Time for Action: Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now, American Institutes for Research

Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide, American Institutes for Research

Week of November 21, 2016

Lessons for Broadening School Accountability Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Lauren Bauer and Megan Mumford, The Hamilton Project

Redesigning National Board Certification: The Advancement of Accomplished Teaching, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Expanding Opportunities to Help Our Youngest Learners (non-regulatory ESSA ?guidance), U.S. Department of Education

NAEP 2015 Science Data, Nation's Report Card

A New Agenda: Research to Build a Better Teacher Preparation Program, Ashley LiBetti Mitchel and Melissa Steel King, Bellwether

Leading Change: The Emerging Human Capital Landscape in Personalized Learning Initiatives, District Reform Support Network


Week of October 25, 2016

Advancing Equity through ESSA: Strategies for State Leaders, CCSSO

What We Are and Where We're Going: Educators explain what it will take to get college- and career-ready standards right, Learning First Alliance

Teacher Preparation Final Regulations, U.S. Department of Education

Week of October 10, 2016

A Quality Alternative: A New Vision for Higher Education Accreditation,?Center for American Progress

Public opinion on education: Results from the 2016 Schooling in America Survey, American Enterprise Institute

Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill, National Center for Fair and Open Testing

Top 5 Ways for Public Schools to Better Support Talented Students of Color, Cherry Mullaguru,?Center for American Progress

Global Survey of Teacher Effectiveness, Pearson

Some Very Good Search Engines for Academics and Educators, Educational Technology and Global Learning


Week of October 3, 2016

Title II, Part A Guidance to Support Educators and the Teaching Profession, U.S. Department of Education

Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion, Higher Ed for Higher Standards

English Learners Non-regulatory Guidance on Title III of ESSA, U.S. Department of Education

Early College High Schools: Model policy components, Education Commission of the States

How to Support Talented Students of Color, Cherry Mullaguru, Center for America Progress


Week of September 20, 2016

Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers,?Education Week Research Center

Counsel or Criminalize? Why Students of Color Need Supports, Not Suspensions,?Center for American Progress


Week of September 13, 2016

Survey: Teachers dislike smartphones, interactive whiteboards in the classroom,?Education Dive

The Engagement Gap: Making Each School and Every Classroom an All-Engaging Learning Environment,?ASCD

Resources for Schools, Colleges to Ensure Appropriate Use of School Resource Officers and Campus Police, U.S. Department of Education

What happens to teens who leave high school and work??Urban Institute

Great Teaching Takes Time, So Give Teachers More of It,Teach Strong Coalition

16 in 16: 16 Education Policy Ideas for the Next President,?Bellwether


Week of September 6, 2016

Funding Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act to Ensure All Students Are Safe, Healthy and Ready to Succeed, Futures Without Violence

Improving Student Outcomes through Rapid Cycle Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education and the District Reform Support Network

High Stakes for High Achievers: State Accountability in the Age of ESSA, Fordham

Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion,?Education Next

Critical Issues in Public Education: The 2016 Survey, PDK

Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence, Attendance Works and Everyone Graduates Center


Week of August 30, 2016

Fault Lines: America's Most Segregating School District Borders, EdBuild

, Scott D. Jones and Emily Workman, Education Commission of the States

Street-Savvy School Reform, Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim, Education Next

10-Year Trends in Public Opinion, Education Next

Title I and Inequality,?U.S. News

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2016,?ACT

Absences Add Up, U.S. Department of Education, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ad Council

Counselors and Mentors: What You Need to Know about the 2017-2018 FAFSA, U.S. Department of Education

The Effects of Teacher Match on Academic Perceptions and Attitudes, Anna Egalite, North Carolina State University, and Brian Kisida, University of Missouri

The Engagement Gap: Making Each School and Every Classroom an All-Engaging Learning Environment, ASCD


Week of August 24, 2016

Reading, Writing and the Common Core State Standards,?Center for American Progress

The teacher pay gap is wider than ever, Economic Policy Institute

High hopes and harsh realities: The real challenges to building a diverse teacher workforce, Brookings

The Gap Within the Gap: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Income Differences in Student Achievement, National Bureau of Economic Research


Week of August 13, 2016

ESSA Quick Guides on Top Issues, Education Commission of the states

No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State, National Conference of State Legislatures


Week of August 9

Guidance on Homeless Children and Youth,?U.S. Department of Education

Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD, U.S. Department of Education

Common Core Math in the K-8 Classroom: Results From a National Teacher Survey, Fordham

What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching and Learning, National Commission on Teaching & America's Future

Policy Principle 3: Raise the bar for licensure so it is a meaningful measure of readiness to teach, TeachStrong

Educating Students in Rural America, NASBE


Week of July 5, 2016

, Scott D. Jones and Emily Workman, Education Commission of the States

Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices, Diane Stark Rentner, Nancy Kober and Matthew Frizzell, Center on Education Policy

Understanding ESSA in Your State, Collaborative for Student Success

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability?for Children in Foster Care, U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

Policy Proposal -- Principle 2 (Teacher Preparation),?TeachStrong

2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Native Nations and American Schools: The History of Natives in The American Education System, National Indian Education Association

ESSA Stakeholder Engagement Guide, Education First

Principles on Stakeholder Engagement as Required by ESSA, Learning First Alliance


Week of June 28

Teacher Pay Around the World, Brookings

Common Core in the K-8 Classroom: Results from a National Teacher Survey, Fordham

CTQ Releases Three Policy Reports.?At the briefing, reports were released on how policy can support effective recruitment, professional learning and teacher leadership.


Week of June 21

Ensuring Equity in ESSA: the Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability,?Jessica Cardishan,?Alliance for Excellent Education

,?Dan Goldhaber, Roddy Theobald, Trevor Gratz; Calder.

Fact Sheet: Troubling Pay Gap for Early Childhood Teachers, U.S. Department of Education.

Joint Statement to Prevent Anti-Muslim?Discrimination,?a fact sheet released by the?U.S. Departments of Education and Justice and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

How to Qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, U.S. Department of Education

Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness? A Review of the Research,?Learning Policy Institute


Week of June 6

The Critical Role of Oral Language in Reading for ELLs, Lexia

The Condition of Education.?The National Center for Education Statistics has published their 47th report on the state of education in the United States. They find that children who live in poor households are under-served over time in K-12 schools and that this inequity likely will follow them through college.

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of Student Accountability Systems, Center for American Progress

One Year Later: Can State Equity Plans Improve Access to Great Teaching??Alliance for Excellent Education

Proposed ESSA regulations for Title I, ?U.S. Department of Education

First-ever Nation's Report Card for Technology and Engineering Literacy measures how eighth?graders solve real-world problems using innovative scenario-based tasks?on computers, Nation’s Report Card

School Suspensions Cost Taxpayers Billions, Civil Rights Project at UCLA

What Happened to Student Mobility After the New Orleans Market-Based School Reforms??Education Research Alliance for New Orleans


Week of ?May 16

The State of Preschool 2015, National Institute for Early Education Research

Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices, Diane Stark Rentner, Nancy Kober and Matthew Frizzell; Center on Education Policy

Advanced Placement: Model policy components, Education Commission of the States

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: What Teachers Think About Test Prep, Teach Plus


Week of May 9, 2016

2016 Building A Grad Nation report, America's Promise Alliance

Mitigating Teacher Shortages, Education Commission of the States

The State of Racial Diversity in the Education Workforce, U.S. Department of Education

Ensuring Professional Capacity to Support English Learners, May 24, 12-1:30 PM ET, American Youth Policy Forum

The Teacher Leadership Landscape

Creating a Consistent & Rigorous Teacher Licensure Process

Residency teachers more likely to feel prepared for the classroom

Supplement—Scoring Student Learning Objectives

Easy A’s…and What’s Behind Them

Equitable Access Toolkit to Guide State Educator Equity Planning

The Equity Project Charter School: Impacts on Student Achievement

“Intentionality: Strategic Preparation & Development to Retain Our Most Effective Teachers.” (2014)?

ETS – R & D Connections


Week of March 21, 2017

"We Don't Have to Leave it Up to Luck," Katrina Boone, Huffington Post

"High School Students Start Club to Make Sure No One Sits Alone at Lunch," Taylor Pittman, Huffington Post

"Yes, Congress scrapped Obama-era education rules. But states say little is changing," Philissa Cramer, Chalkbeat

"No Imagination for Education," Andrew J. Rotherham, U.S. News

"Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists," The Guardian

"National Teacher of the Year Finalists Would All Say 'Yes' to Visit With Trump," Kristine Kim, EdWeek

"," Moriah Balingit and Emma Brown, Washington Post


Week of March 14,?2017

"Make Some Waves,"?Monica Washington?(Texas 2014),?EdWeek

"What If We're Designing for Disengagement?"?Shanna Peeples?(National and Texas State Teacher of the Year, 2015)

"How to Push Your Team to Take Risks and Experiment," Sara Critchfield,?Harvard Business Review

"Teacher of year urges educators to speak up,"?Tom Soskil?(Pennsylvania 2017), Pennsylvania State Education Association

"Why the Left Should Work With Betsy DeVos," Jennifer L. Steele,?EdWeek

"A Teacher's Pursuit of Imperfection,"?Justin Minkel?(Arkansas 2007),?EdWeek


Week of March 7

5 Tips for Teaching AP in a High-Poverty, Urban School,"Yolanda R. Whitted, Education Post

"How President Trump's Federal Budget Would Hinder Poor Students," Eric Gorski and Cassi Feldman, Atlantic

"How Pop Culture Misrepresents Educators," Andrew Simmons, Atlantic

"The Only Skill That Really Matters," Bruce Dixon, Modern Learners

Interview: John King on His Year as Ed Secretary, the Trump Administration, His New Role at Ed Trust, the 74

"Weathering Transitions is Familiar Work for State-based Advocates," Suzanne Tacheny Kubach, PIE Network


Week of February 28

"#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That."?Nate Bowling (National Teacher of the Year Finalist and Washington State Teacher of the Year 2015),?Education Post

"As access to AP exams grows, more students are doing better," Joe Helm,?Washington Post

"What Happens to Teacher Leadership When the Money Runs Out?"

Rebecca Mieliwocki (National and California State Teacher of the Year 2012),?EdWeek

"Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers??Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift

"," Brett Bigham (Oregon 2014), Tyler Clementi Foundation

"Why Writing About Math Is The Best Part Of Common Core," Chad Orzel,?Forbes

","?Shanna Peeples (National and Texas 2015), her blogspot

"Suspensions plummet in NYC school that incentivizes good behavior," Tara Garcia Mathewson,?Education Dive


Week of February 21

"Lessons in using data to improve education: An Australian example," Sarah Lux-Lee, Chiara Lawry, and Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Brookings

"Education Week survey shows more stable state testing environment nationwide," Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education Dive

"4 things CMS should do right now to help immigrant students," Justin Parmenter, Charlotte News and Observer?

"Kirabo Jackson on the Importance of School Spending, 'Soft Skills' and Teacher Quality," The 74

Steep Learning Curve on K-12 as State Leaders Take New Seats," Daarel Burnette II,?EdWeek

"How I learned my own value as a black male teacher," Ricky House, PBS NewsHour

"Teacher Leadership under ESSA is Just Good Business," Alicia Serafin, Huffington Post

Week of February 14

"Time to Step Up," Allison Riddle (Utah 2014), EdWeek

"Advocates De-Wonk School Funding," Sarah Grunewald, PIE Network

"What to do when the next awful thing happens," Tom Rademacher (Minnesota 2015)

"The Myth of Immigrants' Educational Attainment," Emily Deruy, Atlantic

"If I Was Governor for a Day...," Sean McComb (National and Maryland 2014), MSEA Newsfeed

"Bored Out of Their Minds," Zachary Jason, Harvard.Ed?

"To the Educators Who Will Teach My Black Daughter,'" Jemelleh Coes (Georgia 2014), EdWeek

Week of February?7

"How to Make Your Congressman Listen to You," Tricia Tongco, Attn:

"#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here's How My Story Inspired Them," Charles Cole III, Education Post?

?Justin C. Cohen,?Education Next

"What does it mean for math to be integrated?" Trey Ferguson,?EdNC

"The School Principal's Role in Reducing Teacher Turnover," Roxanne Garza, New America

"How Finland's youngest learners obey the rules - by fooling around in school," William Doyle, Hechinger Report

"Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required," Jeffrey J. Selingo,?NY Times

"How Teachers Learn to Discuss Racism," Melinda D. Anderson,?Atlantic?


Week of January 31, 2016

All The Mathematical Methods I Learned In My University Math Degree Became Obsolete In My Lifetime,?Keith?Devlin, Huffington Post

2017: The year we could come back together again, Michael J. Petrilli, Fordham

5 Education Stories to Watch in 2017,? Claudio Sanchez,?nprED

Philadelphia Principal Sharif El-Mekki embraces servant leadership to make a difference, Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

5 Numbers That Explain Education in 2016, Emily Deruy, Atlantic


Week of December 19, 2016

NNSTOY Unites the Tribe of Teacher Leaders from Coast to Coast,?Rebecca Mieliwocki?(National Teacher of the Year and California 2012) and Angie Miller (New Hampshire 2011), NNSTOY

What it Takes to Bridge the Gap, Jody Zepp (Maryland 2015), NNSTOY

Arkansas schools hire untrained teachers as people lose interest in the profession, Sarah Whites-Koditschek, Hechinger Report

4 Things Every Teacher Should Do to Help Students Move Forward Post-Election, Brittny Ray-Crowell and Monica Washington (Texas 2014),?Education Post

Living in a World of WHY? HOW? and WHAT'S NEXT??Michelle Pearson?(Colorado 2010), NNSTOY

Literacy Not A Right For Detroit School Kids According to State, CBS Detroit

Meet Jayden and Be Changed,?Michael Dunlea?(New Jersey Finalist 2013), NNSTOY


Week of December 5

Why the U.S. Education Department Never Dies, Paula Dwyer,?Bloomberg View

Donald Livingston: Tell kids the truth, then inspire them, Joe Marusak,?Charlotte Observer

U.S. now ranks near the bottom of 35 industrialized nations in math, Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

Choice Without Accountability Puts Children at Risk, Peter Cunningham and Shavar Jeffries, Real Clear Education

4 Things Every Teacher Should Do to Help Students Move Forward Post-Election, Brittney Ray-Crowell and Monica Washington (Texas 2014), Education Post


Week of November 28, 2016

On Gratitude, Katherine Bassett?(New Jersey 2000), NNSTOY

Creating Moments Our Students Will Remember, Allison Riddle (Utah 2014), EdWeek

Where Donald Trump Stands on School Choice, Student Debt and Common Core, Stephanie Saul,?NY Times

Trump: My Glass is Half Empty, Nate Bowling?(Washington 2016)

Literacy Not A Right For Detroit School Kids According to State, CBS Detroit

Beyond the Noise of Teacher Leadership Conversations,?Michael Lindblad?(Oregon 2015), NNSTOY

A Bronx LIbrarian Keen on Teaching Homeless Children a Lasting Love of Books,?Nikita Stewart,?NY Times

Award-winning teacher offers message of hope (about Sarah Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year 2010), Joe Nathan, Hometown Source

Week of November 21, 2016

The Potential of Personalized Learning From a Student With a Learning Disability, Ryan MacDonald, EdWeek

Trump: My Glass is Half Empty, Nate Bowling (Washington 2016)

Michelle Rhee Meets with Donald Trump: Could Our Next Education Secretary Be a Democrat? Joy Resmovitz, L.A. Times

Dissecting the Youth Vote, Emily Richmond, Mikhail Zinshteyn and Natalie Gross, Atlantic

A Lesson for Preschools: When It's Done Right, the Benefits Last, Elissa Nadworny, nprED

, Sharif El-Mekki, Education Post


Week of November 15

My Name Is Tom. I've Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day,?Tom Rademacher?(Minnesota 2014), Education Post

After the Election: A To-Do List, Jennifer Gonzalez, Cult of Pedagogy

A Rural Teacher Gets a Glimpse Into Urban School Discipline, Jaclyn Roller Ryan?(Virginia 2015), NNSTOY

Now What? Mike Petrilli, Flypaper

Minnesota cultural inclusivity starts with student name pronunciation, Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education Dive

8 Ways to Encourage Healthy Debate in the Classroom, Move This World

The Teacher Prep Regulations - A Short Primer for Educators, Maddie Fennell (Nebraska 2007), EdWeek


Week of November 18

What it Takes to Teach Science in a Rural School, Jessica Weller and Lynn A. Bryan, EdWeek

5 Great (Short!) Videos for School Leaders, Alex Kajitani (California 2009), EdWeek

How high school graduations reached a record rate, Amanda Hoover, Christian Science Monitor

Beyond the Binders: How Seeing Teachers as Learners Creates Meaningful PD That Sticks, Rebecca Mieliwocki (National Teacher of the Year, California ?2012), EdWeek

, Allan Godston, Huffington Post

What We Owe the Next Generation of Teachers, Nate Bowling (Washington 2016),?Homeroom

October 25, 2016

Lift Every Voice: Classroom Essays From Our 2016 Fishman Prize Winners, TNTP

These states are spending less on education now than before the Great Recession, Emma Brown, Washington Post

Nobel Lessons for Education Researchers and Policymakers, Derek Neal, Education Next

Finally, ESSA Resources Designed with Educators in Mind, Katrina Boone, Huffington Post

Why Isn't Science Class More Like Learning to Play Baseball??Alison Gopnik, Mind/Shift

LGBT Students Are Not Safe at School, Marissa Higgins, Atlantic


October 17, 2016

What to Do When You Realize You Don't 'Like' Your Students, Justin Minkel (Arkansas 2007), EdWeek

A Misguided Attack on Charter Schools, NY Times Editorial Board

How High-Flying Teachers Get Their Wings, Maryann Woods-Murphy?(New Jersey 2010),?EdWeek

If We Value Great Schools, We Need Strong Teachers. President Obama's New Teacher Prep Reforms Can Do Just That,?Tracy Dell'Angela, Education Post

Assessing the evidence base for school discipline reform, Matthew P. Steinberg and ?Johanna Lacoe, Fordham Institute

Teachers are expected to remain politically neutral. These Teachers of the Year say they can't, Valerie Strauss, Washington Post. The article features a letter signed by 10 State and National Teachers of the Year.

Five reasons teacher residencies often outperform traditional training, Karen DeMoss, Hechinger Report

Why states should use student growth, and not proficiency rates, when gauging school effectiveness, Michael J. Petrilli, Aaron Churchill, Flypaper


Week of October 10, 2016

Raleigh middle school's pedal desks draw worldwide attention, T. Keung Hui, News & Observer

Poverty Matters, But Not the Way You Think, Peter DeWitt,?EdWeek

Scores on the Rise: Majority of States with High Standards in Place See Improvement, Collaborative for Student Success

Why the DFL's Addiction to "Fakequity' is the Real Problem with the Minneapolis School Board, Beth Hawkins

Equity in Education: When Equality is not Enough, Alicia Smith, Source


Week of October 3, 2016

The Difficult (and Satisfying) Run of Teaching Defiant Students,?Allison Riddle,?EdWeek

Yale study suggests racial bias among preschool teachers, Emma Brown, Washington Post

Here Are Students' Candid Responses to their U.S. Education, The 74

Supreme Court to hear special education case, Richard Wolf, USA Today?

(After Jeopardy) Next Target for IBM's Watson? Third-Grade Math, Elizabeth A. Harris,?NY Times


Week of September 20, 2016

Teaching through tears in Tulsa after a student's dad is killed by police,?Rebecca Lee, Washington Post

How to sharpen students critical thinking skills online,?Ian Jamison, eSchool News

What if students could study what they love at a place that suits their needs??Nichole Dobo,?Hechinger Report

Why I Kneel: Freedom of Expression ?Includes the Right to Protest,?Nate Bowling

Do teacher expectations matter??Nicholas Papageorge and Seth Gershenson, Brookings


Week of September 13, 2016

The New High School Outsiders,?Angie Smith (photos), ?NY Times

What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew,?Donna De La Cruz,?NY Times

Dear Mayor Emanuel: I resign my position as principal of the #1 rated neighborhood school Chicago,?Troy LaRaviere

To Improve Education, Focus on Excellence, Not Failure,?Mike Petrilli,?Washington Post

The Myth of the Miracle School, Arne Duncan,?Atlantic


Week of September?6, 2016

Time to Rethink Our PD Paradigms, Sarah Brown Wessling,?EdWeek?

Disrupting the One-Teacher Standard, Haley Glatter, Emily Deruy and Alia Wong,The Atlantic

Mission-Minded Teaching, James E. Ford,?EdWeek

Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters, Bethany Gross, Center for Reinventing Public Information

Accountability: Reclaiming the Worst Word in Education, Justin Minkel,?EdWeek

Deconstructing the Myth of American Public Schooling Inefficiency,?Bruce D. Baker and Mark Weber, Albert Shanker Institute


Week of August 30, 2016

Why America's Leadership Fails,?David Brooks,?NY Times

A principal berated a new teacher in front of his class. He needed her support instead. Jay Mathews,?Washington Post

Why Black Men Quit Teaching,?Christopher Edmin,?NY Times

A Persistent Practice: Corporal Punishment in U.S. Schools,?EdWeek

The Good News about Educational Inequality, Sean Reardon, Jae Waldfogel and Daphna Bassok,?NY Times?


Week of August 24, 2016

Why American Schools Are More Unequal Thank We Thought, Susan Dynarski, NY Times

Another Year, Another Principal,?Alex Kajitani,?EdWeek?

Study: Student-Teacher Racial Gap Matters--Even in Pre-K, Natalie Gross, Education Writers Association

The debate on school discipline, Frederick Hess, AEIdeas

The Lifeline Every Teacher Leader Needs,?Rebecca Mieliwocki,?EdWeek

ESSA Didn't Settle Education Policy. Far From it.?Chad Aldeman, Education Next

Kinetic Sculpture: On a Race to the Middle School Brain, L.A. Johnson and Emily Bogle, nprED

Calling a Teacher a Leader is Not Enough,?Tom Rademacher,?Education Post


Week of August 13

Which States Invest the Most in Education? Governing magazine. Companion?article by Mike Maciag breaks down the numbers (Chicago Tribune).

Microaggressions in Schools, Jose Vilson, JLV site

Is School Integration Necessary? Peter Cunningham, US News

The Right and the Wrong Ways to Ensure Equity in IDEA,?Paul L. Morgan and George Farkas,?Education Next

Want to Address Teacher Biases? First, Talk About Race, Peter Balanon-Rosen, nprED

When Black Kids Don't Matter, RiShawn Biddle, Dropout Nation

Gay High School Students Attacked, Raped More Often, Mike Stobbe, AP

Student Mobility: How it Affects Learning, Sarah D. Sparks,?Education Week

Taking a Lesson from the Boys in the Boat and Aiming for "Swing,"?Robin Lake,?Center for Reinventing Public Education

Place Matters: Why Teach for America created Residency, Molly Osborne, EdNC

ESSA Title II: A unique opportunity for professional learning,?Trey Ferguson, EdNC

Student Mobility: How it Affects Learning, Sarah D. Sparks,?Education Week


Week of August 9

How should we measure school success? Now is your chance to weigh in,?Lyon Terry,?Seattle Times

Teachers, I'll See You on Twitter,?Cathy Whitehead,?Education Week

The New Era of Education Accountability,?Lauren Camera, U.S. News

Measuring the Impact of Poverty in Education, Jarrett Carter, Education Dive?

What Teachers Talk About When They Talk About Evaluation, Maryann Woods-Murphy, The 74

No App Can Replace Mastery,?Allison Riddle,?Education Week

Justin Minkel: Teacher Becomes a Literacy Superhero,?Lara Hightower,?Arkansas Democrat-Gazette?

The Summer of Race and Equity in Education, Anna Baldwin

Teens Talk About Racism, Maryann Woods Murphy

This White Teacher is Woke,?Maddie Fennell


Week of August 2, 2016

Why so many black, Hispanic and poor kids miss out on gifted education,?Jay Mathews,?Washington Post

A Little Ditty about Donald and Diane,?Peter Cunningham,? Education Post

Teacher expectations top list of effects on student achievement,?Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education Dive

Students With a Bigger Purpose Stay Motivated,?Digital Promise

Assessing with capstone projects, portfolios brings own share of pros, cons,?Tara Garcia Mathewson,?Education Dive

How Teachers Can Help 'Quiet Kids' Tap Their Superpowers,?Elissa Nadworny, NPREd


Week of July 5, 2016

When Critics Pounce: How to Survive (& Thrive) When You're Burned as a Teacher Leader,?Alex Kajitani,


A New Argument for More Diverse Classrooms,?Emily Deruy,?The Atlantic

What teachers really think of Common Core math: Lessons from a new Fordham Study, Amber Northern and Michael J. Petrelli, Fordham. Download the full report.

We have the answer, we choose to ignore it, Nate Bowling, Education Post

One Math Teacher's Move from Frustration to Appreciation on Common Core,?Mary Pinkston,?Education Post


Week of June 28, 2016

Your Cheat Sheet for the Proposed ESSA Accountability Rules, Andrew Ujifusa, EdWeek

A Tale of Two School Systems: The District of Columbia shows why the charter model of schooling is taking off,?David Osborne, US News and World Report

, Jack Schneider, Atlantic


Week of June 21, 2016

Brad Hull, NNSTOY CEO blog

Feeling Stuck in the "Right Field" of Teaching? How Teachers Can Get Unstuck This Summer,?Sarah Brown Wessling, ?EdWeek

The Building Blocks of Learning,??David Brooks,?NY Times

Come Back Better, Rebecca Mieliwocki, EdWeek

IB students do well, but few low-income kids take the classes,?Tara Garcia Mathewson,?Education Dive

The Danger of a Single Story and How the Common Core Can Help,??Josh Parker,?Education Post


Week of June 14, 2016

? ?Shaina Cavazos,?Chalkbeat

The Challenge of Educational Inequality,?Ron Brownstein, The Atlantic

The Case for Integrated Math, Trey Ferguson,?EdNC

How to Fix a Graduation Rate of 1 in 10? Ask the Dropouts,?Gabrielle Emanuel, NPR Ed

Maybe All Men Are Created Equal, but All Kids Aren't Treated Equitably, Peter Cunningham,?Education Post


Policy Principle One,?Teach Strong


Week of May 24?2016

How to End the School Year Right,?Justin Minkel,?Education Week

Best School Violence Prevention Program May Start with Raising Test Scores,?Jill Barshay,?Hechinger Report

The invisible tax on teachers of color,?John King, Washington Post

Will Teaching Change or Will We Just Keep Complaining??Maddie Fennell,?Education Week

What I Learned Making Common Core Videos with State Teachers of the Year, Joe Fatheree,?Education Week

The Challenge of Educational Equity,?Ronald Brownstein,The?Atlantic


Week of May 16, 2016

Why Poor School Districts Get Less Government Funding Than Rich Ones,?Kevin Carey,?NY Times

Experts say teachers are being taught bad science, Emmanuel Felton, Hechinger Report

High schools try to make better use of something often wasted: Senior year, Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

Survey: Tech Underperforming in Most Classrooms, Erin McIntyre, Education Dive

School Poverty isn’t an Excuse, It’s a Barrier, Helen Ladd, Pedro Noguera, Paul Reville & Joshua Starr

Special report on Teaching America’s English Language Learners, EdWeek

What Can Stop Kids From Dropping Out (of college),?David L. Kirp,?NY Times

Our Most Popular Resources for Educators,?U.S. Department of Education

How can your state make the most out of ESSA? Start by finding your North Star, Susan Bodary, Education First

Aiming Higher Together: Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color, Ronald Ferguson, Urban Institute

Putting Grit in Its Place, David Brooks, NY Times


Week of May 9, 2016

We Aren't Using Assessments Correctly, John Hattie,?Education Week

ESSA: Time for States to Seize the Initiative, Marc Tucker, Education Week

5 Habits that lead to ineffective teaching and how to fix them, Erin Burns, Teacher Quality Bulletin

The #1 Factor That Determines A Toxic or Thriving School Culture, Alex Kajitani, ?Education Week

School Reformers Must Stop Giving Parents a Pass, Rick Hess and Gerard Robinson, American Enterprise Institute

School districts are a big reason for the rise in income segregation in the U.S., study says, Sonali Kohli, L.A. Times

Grading the Graders: a Report on Teacher Evaluation Reform in Public Education, Thomas Toch, Georgetown University



Week of February 28, 2017

Evidence for ESSA website, a national resource that ranks K-12 reading and math programs according to evidence (Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Education)


Week of February 21, 2017

ESSA Tracker (new?EdWeek feature)

(4:51 Video) Federal Flash: Key Takeaways from the DeVos Confirmation Hearing, (Alliance for Excellent Education)

Week of ?January 20, 2016

Askwith Debates: Pass/Fail - How Test Based Accountability Stacks, video (Harvard Graduate School of Education)


Week of November 21

Engaging with State Policymakers: Video Series. NNSTOY has released a new series of short videos that offers educators advice about how to reach out to state and local policymakers.

"The success of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) depends on deep educator engagement," said NNSTOY President and CEO?Katherine Bassett (New Jersey 2000). "These videos, recorded by State Teachers of the Year and Finalists, contain great strategies for teacher leaders to get into the game."

Barriers to Equity in Education and the Resources Needed to Support Students. Download the survey results?Teacher & Principal School Report: Equity in Education (Scholastic).

Letter to States from Secretary John King Calling for an End to Corporal Punishment. Dear Governors and Chief State School Officers (U.S. Department of Education)

High Stakes for High Schoolers. Download the second report about state accountability in the age of ESSA?(Fordham Institue)

Within Our Grasp. Review report about achieving higher admissions standards in teacher preparation (NCTQ)

What Does ESSA Say About Teacher Evaluation Systems??Principles for Teacher Support and Evaluation Systems (CCSSO)

Diplomas Matter: Ensuring Equity of Opportunity for Students with Disabilities (Achieve)


Week of November 14

Finding a Path for Kids After the Election, PIE Network

Powering Up Your PD, webinar Thursday, November 17 6:00-7:00 PM ET, Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future


Week of November 8

STEM Active Resource page. ?100kin10 has posed a new?page of resources for STEM teachers.


Week of September 20, 2016

The Adversity of a Child's Life in Rural Kentucky (20-minute video), Atlantic?


Week of September 13, 2016

Can School Integration Make a Comeback??(6:31 video),?Atlantic

?(TedTalk), Sal Kahn

5,000 Walden grants available for ALL past State Teachers of the Year.?Walden University is offering a $5,000 grant for educators who were awarded State Teacher of the Year prior to 2015. This grant can be used towards any EdS, EdD or PhD in Education degree program from the Richard W. Riley College of Education. This grant applies to the October 10 or November 28 start date. Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 or go to WaldenU.edu for more information.


Week of August 13, 2016

Room to Run, TNTP. This multimedia feature can be used to communicate with parents and other educators about the benefits of rigorous standards.

Webinar--Zika Virus Response Planning: What School Administrators Need to Know.??Provided by U.S. Department of Education. ?Friday, August 19, 1:30-2:30 PM ET. Download?CDC Zika guidance.

How to join the webinar:

  • To activate and use your device's digital signals for BOTH Audio, Video and the Presentation,?join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
  • ?Or join Audio Only by phone (to see the presentation, you will still need to click the link above):?+1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)?Webinar ID: 494 704 100

Locate international call-in numbers.


Week of June 6, 2016

Foster care Transition Toolkit.?The U.S. Department of Education has issued a toolkit to help young adults transition out of foster care?and into independence. The materials can be used by adolescents transitioning out of foster care and by the adults who support them.

Week of May 9, 2016

School Leadership Policy Toolkit, Eric Lerum, sponsored by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Live Map Tracking ESSA Implementation by State, Education Reform Now

Communicating K-12 Student Data Privacy to Parents and Stakeholders, May 11, 2:00-2:30, Alliance for Excellent Education

50 Best Colleges for African Americans, Kenneth Terrell, Essence

As a leading partner in the endeavor to enhance global learning for students across the US and around the world, we thought you might be interested in learning about our latest opportunity. The NEA Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a new online course, Global Education: Tools and Approaches.

Developed by Primary Source, this course introduces participants to key ideas and methods for connecting classrooms with the wider world (for example, how to utilize Web 2.0 tools ─ like blogs, voice threads, and video conferencing ─ to engage students in the world around them). See a sample activity from the course below.

As with all the NEA Foundation courses, educators can take the whole course (four, two hour sessions) or focus their energy on a single session or activity that they need the most. And the best part is that it is accessible to all educators at no cost! We strongly encourage you to share this opportunity with your networks and colleagues.

Milestones is a free online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-5. Milestones show students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade. Choose a grade below to get started.

Helps teachers and their schools, unions, and districts implement collaborative, job-embedded professional learning that leads to better student learning by developing and using the skills of involved teacher-leaders.

ECS Education Fact




Submit an idea for Teach to Lead - Columbus, Ohio.?The 12th Teach to Lead Summit will be held in Columbus May 5-7. The focus of the summmonicait is "Innovation through Teacher Leadership."?Learn more and submit an application,?due March 30.

Nominate your principal for the Rohatyn Prize. The application process is now open for the $25,000 prize that goes to the principal of a "school that advances opportunities for students by positioning teachers to lead, learn, and thrive." The prize focuses on programs that reflect and help create a modern teaching profession. Examples include initiatives that have fueled collaboration, established mentorships, or strengthened "intervisitation." Applications close May 12..

Apply for an SEL grant. Education First seeks applications for teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12. Their Innovation in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Awards will grant up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups of teachers to implement the project in their classrooms and schools in the 2017-18 school year. Awardees will also have the opportunity to present their work to a group of national SEL practitioners, experts and advocates at a convening in October 2017.?Learn more and download an application, deadline April 21.


Get?a Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership.?Mount Holyoke College is offering an opportunity for the second cohort of our Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership - Independent Schools program. The graduate programs are designed for working educators so they can balance life, career, and family responsibilities while pursuing a graduate degree. Participants can attend class sessions on campus or via video conference. Find out more about the classes and application process.

Attend ACSD's Empower17.?ASCD is offering teachers 20% off of registration for their Empower17 Conference in Anaheim, California, March 25 - 27. ?On Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 PM, Emily Davis will lead a special session on ASCD Teacher Impact Grants. There teachers will learn how educators have obtained funding and support for teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives. Register. To get your 20% discount, enter code TEACH20.



Join the #TPOfficeHour.?This week's Teaching Partners Office Hour chat features Michael Dunlea (New Jersey Finalist 2012) in dialogue with educators about how professional learning is transforming student learning. Join the chat at 9:00 PM ET Thursday.

GTL Center Teacher Leadership Webinar:?Tools and Strategies for Putting Your Ideas into Action. The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) is hosting a webinar aimed at helping schools and districts assess readiness for teacher leadership initiatives. Amy Traynor (Wisconsin 2010) is one of the presenters. Participants will emerge with ideas and actionable strategies for successfully designing and implementing teacher leadership initiatives that achieve their intended outcomes. Wednesday, March 15 ~ 3:30-5:00 PM ET. Register.

Busting School Bureaucracy:?Thursday, February 24 - 4:00-5:15 PM ET.

Join us at the American Enterprise Institute for AEI's Washington, D.C., release of "The Cage Busting Teacher," an online curriculum to help equip teachers to break through school bureaucracy and make decisions that best serve their students.

The event will be live-streamed.?Josh Parker (Maryland 2012) and Peggy Stewart (New Jersey 2005) will serve as panelists. Rick Hess will moderate, and other panelists include Wendy Uptain (Hope Street Group) and Dianna Wentzell (Connecticut State Department of Education).

Register or watch through streaming. Join the conversation on social media using #cagebusting and #teachersleading.

Support Graduate Research.?Joe Craft, a graduate student at Columbia International University, has asked for our help with his study on teacher effectiveness. If you are a State Teacher of the Year from 2009-2017, please consider taking his 38-question survey?from now through March 2. Questions? Write to [email protected].

Product Testing.?Renaissance Learning is looking for 3rd-8th grade reading and math teachers to participate in a series of two 90-minute in-person research activities. They are seeking your feedback to ensure that their new products are helpful, efficient, and easy to use. For your participation, you will receive up to $200 in Amazon Gift Cards ($100 per session). If interested, complete the following 5-minute survey. Get more information.

Win a $20,000 Grant. The 2017 LRNG Innovators grant competition is now accepting applications to fund projects that "actively help youth discover interests connecting the spheres of their lives, both in and out of school." A team of teachers can apply for the grants. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2017.

Earn Money Moonlighting for edTPA.?Pearson?is hiring edTPA scorers for work after regular school hours. They are looking for PK-12 educators who teach a wide variety of content areas to work at home scoring edTPA portfolios. Check out the website regarding the scoring positions and qualifications.

Teach Plus is asking teachers to take their poll about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Donors Choose has?launched a program allowing teachers to , including food, personal hygiene products and warm, clean clothes.

Empowered to Lead Symposium:?Cultivating Cultures of Empathy and Growth.?April 27 8:30-3:30 PM -?Uncasville, Connecticut ~?Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Hosted by the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council.

E2Lead provides opportunities for educators to enhance their collective power, expertise and experience. This event includes inspiring speakers and networking opportunities. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium promote the sharing of ideas and resources, innovative strategies and solutions, collaborative discourse and best practices to elevate the teaching profession.

Speakers include: Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence?Dr. Marc Brackett; 2016 National Teacher of the Year and 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year?Jahana Hayes; 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year?Lauren Danner; Connecticut Commissioner of Education?Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell; NNSTOY CEO and President?Katherine Bassett;?NNSTOY Director of Professional Learning?Peggy Stewart; 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year Megan Allen.

Learn more.?Register.?Questions? Interested in presenting? Email [email protected].

National Board Scholarships.?To the?2015 STOYS who have not already taken advantage of scholarship funding to pursue National Board Certification -- there is still time! The registration and payment deadline for the 2016-17 assessment year was recently extended to February 28, 2017. Find?more information, including next steps for STOYs.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is offering an online course in Culturally Responsive Literature Instruction February 27 - March 12, 2017. Tuition: $149 per person.

Opening at NNSTOY.??NNSTOY is currently searching for the right person to fill a new position as our?Director of Partnerships. Learn more?on our website.

Christian Science Monitor EqualEdPoll.?The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is looking for educators to participate in an advisory committee on education equity that they are calling the EqualEdPoll. This your opportunity to share your thoughts with a national audience and help shape public opinion.

Participants will take a brief (less than 10 minutes) survey once a month. The survey will include one multiple choice question and a place to leave thoughts, either anonymously or quotable.?Results will be used to help CSM readers be informed about what thought leaders are saying around the major issues in education. If you participate, your name may be featured on a webpage with a short bio.?If you are interested, please send an email to?Katherine Bassett using the subject line that reads "CMS Advisory" to [email protected] no later than Friday, January 13.

Join the U.S. Department of Education as a School Ambassador Fellow.?The Department's 2017-2018 School Ambassador Fellowship application is now open, and the?deadline has been extended until February 6 at 11:59 PM ET.

Nominate a teacher for the Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize.?This annual award supports the leadership of teachers who continually work to improve their practice through action research. The School of Management (SOM) Education Leadership Conference is seeking applications from educators who are trying new lessons, modes of content delivery, or types of activities to improve student outcomes.?The application deadline is March 3, 2017.?Learn more.

Apply for a Carnegie Networked Improvement Fellowship.?The 2-year, salaried Fellowship is open to applicants who are interested in enhancing their education careers by learning and applying Improvement Science approaches and methodologies within Networked Improvement Communities.

Fellows will engage in an intense program that combines training and practical experience. This will include a mix of improvement science, network initiation and development, and facilitation skill development. Learn more.

Gates Webinar Thursday, January 19 Noon PT -- What Teachers Care About: Understanding Changing Teacher Narratives. Two years ago, the Gates Foundation funded research looking at teacher narratives about everything--their classrooms, the profession and the education system. Ten narratives emerged, which are explored in a new report and an upcoming webinar. Join the webinar.

Join the NNSTOY Facebook Group. If you are a State Teacher of the Year, a Finalist or a State Coordinator, you are missing out if you are not connected with us on the NNSTOY Facebook Group. Sign up not to get important notices, post your news and gain great ideas and resources from colleagues. Ask to join the group (the answer is YES!) or email [email protected], who can hook you up.


Catch up on the Inward and Onward?webinar series.?View Session #2, Creating Equitable Classrooms, and peruse the presentation deck on the NNSTOY website.

Present at our 2017 National Teacher Leadership conference. Applications due January 16 at 5:00 PM ET.?

Join a Facebook Q&A about the future of the White Huse Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.?David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans,?will answer?your?questions?about the future of education fo r students of color in an Education Post hosted Facebook Q&A.?Tonight, Tuesday, December 6 ~ 7:30 PM ET.

Share your StoryCorps videos. If you or your class participated in the toryCorps Great Thanksgiving Share, please remember to:

  1. Remind your students tag interviews with the keyword?"NNSTOY" or "National Network of State Teachers of the Year"?
  2. Share?your?favorite student stories (and classroom photos) with the StoryCorps production team by emailing them to?[email protected]. Every year a few get chosen to be produced for radio!
  3. Contribute to the NNSTOY community by sharing your story with the NNSTOY communications team at [email protected]

Catch up on KNOW YOUR POWER: Engaging with State Policymakers About Teacher Shortages.?View the video archive?of our November 15 webinar presented by NNSTOY Education Policy Advisor Jane West and?Allison Riddle (Utah 2014). Download the?presentation deck.

Participate in ESSA Educator Research.?In partnership with NNSTOY, the Collaborative for Student Success has developed a survey to understand what teachers think about ESSA. If you are a current classroom teacher, we invite you to take part in this online survey. The survey will take 30-45 minutes to complete, and all participants may choose to share their name and email address to enter for a chance to win the gifts listed below.?Take the survey.

  • iPad Pro ($599 value, 1 prize available)
  • $100 Amazon gift card (2 prizes available)
  • $50 Amazon gift card (4 prizes available

Send us your testimony for the Fundraising Campaign. Share with us your one-to-three sentence testimony about why you value being part of NNSTOY. Send to [email protected].

Post your unique NNSTOY story to Facebook or Twitter. Take your picture and post a message in your Twitter feed or on your Facebook page telling friends and colleagues why you support NNSTOY during our Annual Giving Campaign. Don't forget to include the URL for our donation site: ?https://secure.donationpay.org/nnstoy./?

Join an Important Conversation abut STEM Teacher Leadership. December 6 ~ 7:00-8:00 PM ET. The conversation is hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, SRI Education, and Policy Studies Associates. Panelists include members of Math for America, Educate Texas, and the Utah Department of Education.?Register.

Nominate a Teacher for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Teaching. Besides being a State Teacher of the Year, the Fishman Prize is one of the most highly respected awards a teacher can receive.?Four winners will participate in a thought-provoking summer residency with their peers, reflecting, writing and sharing their voice. Each winner also receives a $25,000 award.?Learn more (TNTP).

Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity Twitter Chat sponsored by #TeachersAtED November 15 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET.

Join the NNSTOY Communications Committee.?If you are interested in being part of a team that helps NNSTOY communicate with members, other teachers and stakeholders, please contact Laurie Calvert ([email protected]). We are looking for energetic people who have ideas and interest in supporting our members, our work and our organization through both traditional and nontraditional means. Time commitment to be on the committee: one-hour monthly call and some social media posting throughout the month.

Teach to Lead Inclusion, Equity Summit & Opportunity Summit, December 2-4, Chicago, Illinois. Get more information and submit an idea.

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership is accepting original articles related to teacher leadership advocacy, professional development in K-12 education. Submissions are accepted through October 31. Submission guidelines.

Share Your PD Truth.?The NEA, Corwin and Learning Forward want to know how professional learning impacts your teaching and your students' learning. They are asking educators to?take a survey?that helps industry leaders understand how your professional learning aligns with the Standards for Professional Learning. The survey takes 20-25 minutes and must be complete by October 31.

Paid Opportunity for Online Coaches. The NEA is offering paid positions for online coaches who will work with early career teachers in Early Career Learning Labs. Coaches will help teachers?unpack and learn around problems of practice through a 6-8 week learning-cycle process.?Coaches are expected to spend 4-6 hours per week on this work. This position will pay $3000 for this pilot school year.?Apply by October 24. Direct questions to?Ann Nutter Coffman ([email protected])?or Maddie Fennell ([email protected]).

(NNSTOY Webinar)?Giving Students the Floor: How to Turn Your Classroom Upside Down to Promote Innovation and Creativity.?Featuring students and teachers at Effingham (Illinois) High School.?Tuesday, October 25 ??8:00-9:00 PM ET ?Register.

Walden University Scholarships.?One of the benefits of being a State Teacher of the Year in 2015 or 2016 is that you qualify to receive a full-tuition scholarship for an advanced degree from Walden University. To receive this gift, follow the process outlined on the Walden webpage. This year Walden is also offering five full-tuition scholarships to STOYs whose year of recognition was prior to 2015. Review the process to apply for one of these scholarships on the NNSTOY webpage.?Hurry, as applications are due by Saturday, October 15. Applications can be sent directly to?[email protected]

View the "Power and Privilege" Webinar. ?Watch the archived September 27 webinar about Equity in the Classroom on YouTube and check out the presentation deck on the the NNSTOY webpage.

Mount Holyoke Programs in Teacher Leadership has a new Facebook page!

The University of Delaware is offering an online?Master of Education in Teacher Leadership.

Wear Orange. Wednesday, October 19 is Unity Day Against Bullying. Show you are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Webinar, The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: How Lessons from the Classroom Inform System Design, Tuesday, October 11 AM, Knowledge Works

Collaborate with #MindblowingSTEM.?Starting on?September 28,?100Kin10 in partnership with The Teachers Guild, will launch an?active STEM?collaboration. Participants will have a chance to be guided through a design process, coached by other teachers and mentored by industry leaders as they develop new and better solutions for their students. Sign up to learn more.

The?Global Education Forum?(October 13-15, Philadelphia, Pa.)?provides educators with an opportunity to engage in a critical conversation between K-12 and higher education educators about how best to prepare students for a global world. Educators from around the world discuss best practices and promising programs and research. Through a series interactive formats, participants will explore how to prepare students to be globally competent, review trends and best practices in teacher and leadership development, and develop strategies for teaching and assessing critical 21st century skills.

Chat with Global Educators Wednesday.?Join the #TeachersLeading Twitter Chat September 14, 8-9 PM ET. This month's topic:?What does it mean to be a global educator?

Apply to Attend DC Teach to Lead Summit (Deadline Extended).?The folks at Teach to Lead have?changed the application deadline for the November Teach to Lead?Teacher Preparation Summit and eased up on the team requirements a bit. Any member of a team can now submit the application?by September 15. Team participants must now only include:

  • An active classroom teacher
  • A representative from a College or University teacher preparation program
  • A current teacher candidate from that teacher preparation program

The other two team members can be any stakeholder the team feels is appropriate to move the idea forward.

Webinar: Taking Your Educational Leadership to the Next Level, Featuring Microsoft Sway and Docs.com.?Tuesday, September 13, 8:00-9:00 PM ET.?Register.

Webinar: Power and Privilege: A Conversation About Equity in the Classroom. Tuesday, September 27. Register.

Teaching Partners Office Hour hosted by 2010 Florida State Teacher of the Year Megan Allen.?Tonight, September 8, 9 PM ET on Twitter. Topic: How to develop a community of learners in the classroom. Use #TPOfficeHour. Check out the Weekly Wall on the topic.

Relief for Flood-Ravaged Louisiana Schools :?How Educators Can Help Restore Classrooms.
More than 200,000 students were out of school immediately following the flooding that devastated Louisiana. According to a Politico?interview with state education chief John White, roughly 70,000 will remain out of school until after Labor Day.

Educators can help Louisiana teachers replace classroom supplies at the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (where Louisiana teachers can also request assistance) and?through?Donors Choose.

StoryCorps and the Great Thanksgiving Listen. This school year, NNSTOY is once again partnering with?StoryCorps?to bring you?The Great Thanksgiving Listen

(TGTL), a national education project based on a simple idea: find an elder you love and interview them about their life.

Download the?StoryCorps App?to record and archive your interview in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where it will become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of history. Last Thanksgiving,?over 100,000 Americans participated across all 50 states to capture the voices of an entire generation in a single weekend. This Thanksgiving, empower your students once again to make history with their loved ones.

NNSTOY teachers are invited to access an advanced copy of the 2016 TGTL Teacher Toolkit, by joining the new?StoryCorps in the Classroom

Teacher Facebook Group; a forum to share best practices, classroom content, and ask questions directly to StoryCorps staff.

Walden University Scholarships for STOYs.?One of the benefits of being a State Teacher of the Year in 2015 or 2016 is that you qualify to receive a full-tuition scholarship for an advanced degree from Walden University. To receive this gift, follow the process outlined on the Walden webpage.

This year Walden is also offering five full-tuition scholarships to STOYs whose year of recognition was prior to 2015. Review the process to apply for one of these scholarships on the NNSTOY webpage.

Applications are due by October 15, 2015. They can be sent directly to [email protected].

Wear your NNSTOY digital badge proudly! If you are an NNSTOY member, you can highlight your membership with this nifty digital badge. Use it the signature line in your email signature and on your social media pages. To get one, email a request to Joe Fatheree: [email protected].

Submit a Teacher Prep Idea to Teach to Lead DC.?Do you have a great idea to bridge the gap between teacher preparation and classroom practice? Submit your idea for the upcoming Teach to Lead Teacher Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. November 3-4. The summit will focus on teacher preparation programs, and how to leverage teacher leadership to strengthen such programs through collaborating, problem solving and developing action plans.?Learn more and submit an idea by September 13.

Join Us for a Cup of Virtual Coffee. ?The Teachers Leading Coffee House Facebook page has a number of interesting virtual conversations going. Join the Facebook group and check out responses to questions posed b?Joe Fatheree (Illinois 2007)What one thing are you looking to improve upon as a classroom teacher this year? and?Barbara LaSarancina (New Jersey 2001)?When did/do you know it's time to leave the classroom to pursue other roles in education?

While you are at it, check out the updated banner on our?Teachers Leading Facebook page. To support the organization and each other, SHARE posts that you like regularly on your Facebook page.

Join the 2017?Conference Committee Team.?We have already begun planning our 2017 national conference and are gearing up for an amazing experience in Washington, DC, July 15-18. (We are even considering extending the event to July 19?for a Day on the Hill!)

Now that have two co-chairs in place,?Daniele Massey?(DoDEA 2013) and?Julia King?(Washington DC 2013), we need your help!

The conference team depends on sub-committees to make decisions and to plan just about everything: theme, strands, keynote speakers, concurrent session speakers, meal choices, social outing, service projects, gifts for presenters! The sub-committee structure makes the work manageable and keeps our meetings focused and brief.

Members of the conference planning committees meet virtually for one hour a month from August through March. Beginning in April, the meetings take place twice a month.

If you are interested in helping to guide and plan our next conference as a member of conference planning committee this year, please send a note to Jessica Hansen at?[email protected].

We will hold our first meeting within two weeks, and we are eager to get started! If you served on past conference planning committees, we welcome you back with open arms. If you have not, please consider joining us in this unique new opportunity to contribute to the success of this exciting event.


Join Charlotte Danielson and the Danielson Group?at a?2016 conference to explore collaborative professional learning. Attend for one, two or three days to elevate your Framework for Teaching Practice August 2-4 at the College of New Jersey (Ewing, N.J.) or October 6-8 at Northern Illinois University (Naperville, Ill.).?Read the brochure.

Write for Wisewire.?Wisewire, a new?education marketplace?with a free technology-enhanced platform, is seeking STOYs to serve as guest contributors this summer for their upcoming blog launch. Guest bloggers will be paid for writing about topics they are most passionate about and to share their best strategies and success stories with other teachers. If you are interested in sharing your talents with a new community, contact Lisa Doehnert, Learning Product Leader, ([email protected]) and copy Laurie Calvert at NNSTOY ([email protected]).

Apply for the Discovery Award of Unsung Heroes (Deadline Extended to July 1).?The Discovery Award honors students who devote themselves to sharing the stories of Unsung Heroes in order to hold up positive examples of leadership to their peers and inspire their communities. Students may submit projects in the form of a documentary, performance or website. They must also include an annotated bibliography and a 500-word process paper. Educators now have extra time to get their project in for a chance to win this year's $7,500 grand prize.?Review the?guidelines.

Educators Earn Grant Money. The Collaborative?for Student Success, a?nonprofit organization working to improve public education through a commitment to high standards for all students, is seeking applications for its?Teacher Champion Fellowship?from educators (including principals and district-level employees) in?Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Teacher Champions receive professional development around communications, legislative engagement, media interaction, and more. They also receive a?$5,000 grant to work with teachers and local organizations in their states to educate and inform all shareholders about the need for and benefit of high, consistent state standards and high-quality assessments. To learn more, email Katrina Boone at [email protected]. There is no formal application process.

Take a New Teach Plus Policy Course Online. Learn how to get your voice heard in education policy decisions that affect you and your students! Teach Plus' new online course, "What Teachers Need to Know to Influence Policy Decisions," equips teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to advocate for impact.? The five module-course includes a comprehensive overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which is driving major state-level policy decisions. Teachers need to be at the table!?The FREE course launches July 7. Watch a preview?and sign up.

Submit an idea for Teach?to Lead Long Beach (Calif.).?If you have a great idea that you need help developing, consider applying to the Teach to Lead Summit in Long Beach, Calif., September 24-25.?To attend,?submit an idea?by July 25. If your idea is chosen, you may bring a team of up to five people for a weekend designed to help your team develop the idea into an action plan. You will work with a?critical friend?from a supporting organization who has the experience to help you ask and answer some of your toughest questions and push your thinking. Teach to Lead provides lodging (if more than 50 miles from hotel), some meals and full registration.

Participants must:

  • Have an actionable teacher leadership idea.
  • Pay for or obtain sponsorship for travel.
  • Have at least one practicing classroom teacher on the team.
  • Commit to taking implementation steps following Summit participation.
  • Be available to attend the entire summit (8:00 AM Saturday through 12:30 PM Sunday).

STOY Volunteers Needed for Teacher Perceptions on State Education Policy Research

Megan Allen is beginning her doctoral research and is looking for STOYs to participate in her study. She has provided us with the following information:

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Legislative Information

March 9, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

It’s been busy in Washington for the last two weeks.? An early case of March Madness!

1. Appropriations – March 23 Deadline Looms

March 23 is the deadline for the Congress to complete action on all 12 FY 2018 appropriations bills. (Note that fiscal year 2018 is half over!)? News continues to dribble out about how the money will be distributed between the 12 appropriations bills.? Not surprising, the Labor/HHS/Education bill seems to be the most difficult one to finalize, because:

1) it includes more money than any of the other bills;

2) it has to include much of the new spending required by the budget agreement, such as? $3?? billion to address the opioid crisis and $2 billion to address college cost and access to higher ed;

3) it is a magnet for controversial policy riders such as abortion-related provisions; and

4) last,but not least, CHIMPS.

“What in the heck are CHIMPS?” you might ask!? Well suffice it to say CHIMPS are a strategy used by funders to increase discretionary spending. CHIMPS stands for Changes in Mandatory Programs and means that new funds can be generated for other spending when mandatory programs are rescinded, delayed or otherwise limited.? Republicans are reported to have demanded that CHIMP savings be limited to $14 billion for all the bills-- $5.1 billion less than in 2017.?? The Labor/HHS/Education bill is being asked to absorb most of the reduction which, when added to the new required spending noted above, would not leave much for other programs.

So, bottom line – the additional funds we thought we might have for education programs may be evaporating.? But we don’t really know for sure.? The House has indicated that it may bring up the bill – called an Omnibus – which would include all 12 appropriations bills (Labor/HHS/Education too)—early next week.?? Another possibility is that they include 11 bills in the Omnibus and leave the Labor/HHS/Education bill for later. This is generally not a good scenario, as there is little bargaining to be done within the confines of the one bill.? Another possibility is that the Labor/HHS/Education funding bill becomes yet another continuing resolution – meaning most accounts are the same as they were in FY 2017, or flat funding.? But how the new budget agreement would affect such a CR is a big question, and repeated CR’s are generally disliked by everyone.

Complicating this situation further is the fact that Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced that he will leave Congress on April 1 after 40 years in office.? He cited health challenges.? He is the 10th longest serving Senator in the history of the Senate.? It is likely that Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) would serve as interim chair.? A few weeks ago House Appropriations Committee chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) announced his upcoming retirement.

And Congress is scheduled to go out on a week-long spring recess beginning Monday March 25 – the Monday after the Friday, March 23 deadline for the spending bill.? Members of Congress will be eager to get back to their districts (remember, election year!), so this motivation? may take it over the finish line.

Meanwhile the FY 2019 appropriations process is underway.? On March 20, Sec.? DeVos? is tentatively scheduled to testify about the President’s budget proposal to the House Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations.

To become an expert on CHIMPS:? https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-budget/restricting-use-of-chimp-savings-would-backtrack-on-bipartisan-budget-deal


2. Legislators Struggle to Respond to the Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida

While no bills are on the docket for consideration related to gun control or strengthening background checks, at least two are gaining traction in relation to potential school resources.? In addition, several Members of Congress are requesting additional funds for programs which could provide school based safety and mental health services and the Senate has scheduled a hearing on the Parkland shooting.

Two key bills which educators are keeping an eye on are:

  • THE STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (HR 4909) (S. 2495)
    • A bi-partisan bill introduced by Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), Rep. Ted Deutch ( D-FL), Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY); the bill now has 71 cosponsors – Republican and Democrat
    • The bill may come up on the floor for a vote in the House next week
    • The Senate has introduced? a companion bill led by Sen. Hatch (R-UT) and Klobachar (D-MN), with multiple bipartisan co-sponsors including Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) who has been outspoken since the Sandy Hook massacre
    • The bill authorizes funds in the Department of Justice to provide grants to states to support schools in providing evidence-based programs that prevent violence before it happens
    • Advocates have raised some concerns about the bills related to the potential use of funds by private as well as public schools and how due process will be ensured for students.
  • The School Safety and Mental Health Services Improvement Act (Senate – no bill number yet)
    • Led by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate HELP Committee, and co-sponsored by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.),Todd Young (R-Ind.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL),? and several other Republicans;
    • Amends Title II and IV of ESSA to broaden the use of funds for school safety and violence prevention; directs the Sec. of Education to create a School Safety and Violence Prevention National Technical Assistance Center; reauthorizes and updates the Children and Violence program of the Public Health Service Act; authorizes the Secretary of HHS to conduct new students on children at risk of developing mental illness; creates a Presidential l Interagency Task Force to improve school safety and prevent school violence.
    • One concern raised by educators about this bill is that it authorizes infrastructure expenditures with ESSA funds (such as metal detectors) when ESSA funds are already spread too thin.
    • It is rumored that there may be an effort to attach this bill to the omnibus spending bill

In the House, Chair of the Ed and Workforce Committee Virginia Foxx (R-NC) along with ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) have asked appropriators to increase funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants authorized under ESSA to the authorized level of $1.6 billion.? The program is currently funded at $400 million.? In the Senate, 30 Senators have submitted a letter to appropriators urging “the highest possible level” of funding for the program in the FY 2018 funding bill.? This program can be used to provide support services for students and teachers.

Finally, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), has scheduled a hearing for next Wednesday titled? "See Something, Say Something: Oversight of the Parkland Shooting and Legislative Proposals to Improve School Safety."

For Sen. Alexander’s bill see:? http://www.wate.com/news/tennessee/sen-lamar-alexander-introduces-school-safety-bill-to-senate-floor/1018010302

For the Senate STOP Act see:? https://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/releases?ID=88C4B2FD-F3DE-4DEB-A018-B91483D285BB

For House STOP Act: https://rutherford.house.gov/media/press-releases/congressman-john-rutherford-announces-bipartisan-stop-school-violence-act

For Senate Hearing:? https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/see-something-say-something-oversight-of-the-parkland-shooting-and-legislative-proposals-to-improve-school-safety


3. Higher Ed Reauthorization: House Bill Criticized by Department of Education Inspector General

The PROSPER Act, the House Republican reauthorization bill, awaits time on the House floor for consideration.? But every week there seems to be new criticism which will likely lessen the probability of it finding a slot on a crowded agenda.? This week the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Education wrote a letter concluding that the bill would eliminate provisions of the law that are meant to hold colleges accountable for the taxpayer dollars they receive.

The letter notes:

“Innovations to modes of delivery of education through distance education, direct assessment, and competency-based education that may improve access to and more-timely completion of postsecondary education each present a new challenge to comply with statutory requirements while ensuring a cost-effective quality education to justify the Federal investment. Oversight of the programs by the Department continues to be a significant management challenge reported by my office, and reliance on accrediting agencies and states for oversight in their roles defined by the HEA has not always been effective to protect students and taxpayers.”

Letter from OIG:? https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/misc/lettertocongressonoighearecommendationsmarch2018.pdf


4. Voucher Bill for Military Families Introduced

Impact Aid is a $1.3 billion program which provides funds to support public schools where a tax base is limited due to a military base, Native American Reservation or national park.? Bills have been introduced in the House (HR 5199 by Rep. Jim Banks R-Ind) and in the Senate (S 2517 by Sen. Tim Scott R-SC and Sen. Ben Sasses R-Neb) which would allow funds to be used for military families in Education Savings Accounts which would pay for private school tuition.? Groups such as the national Military Family Association oppose the bills. Sec. DeVos has indicated support for the bills, which were based on a Heritage Foundation proposal.

See:? https://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=EF535D19-86ED-44FE-82F0-660536D406A2


5. Department of Education Releases Final Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs

On March 2, Sec. DeVos issued her final priorities for discretionary programs.? The determination of such priorities is standard procedure for Secretaries of Education intended to promote the policy goals of the Administration.? Not surprisingly school choice is on Sec. DeVos’s list.

Last Fall the Secretary proposed 11 priorities and sought comment from the field.? The final list includes the proposed 11 altered slightly.

Those priorities are:

-Empowering Families and Individuals to Choose a High-Quality Education that Meets Their Unique Needs
-Promoting Innovation and Efficiency, Streamlining Education with an Increased Focus on Improving Student Outcomes, and Providing Increased Value to Students and Taxpayers
-Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills
-Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills that Prepare Students to be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens
-Meeting the Unique Needs of Students and Children with Disabilities and/or those with Unique Gifts and Talents
-Promoting STEM Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science
-Promoting Literacy
-Promoting Effective Instruction in Classrooms and Schools
-Promoting Economic Opportunity
-Protecting Freedom of Speech and Encouraging Respectful Interactions in a Safe Educational Environment
-Ensuring that Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Have Access to High-Quality Educational Options

For the announcement of priorities:? https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-04291.pdf?utm_campaign=pi%20subscription%20mailing%20list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email\


6.?Secretary DeVos Proposes Postponing IDEA Disproportionality Regulation

The Obama Administration wrote an IDEA regulation, known as “significant disproportionality,” intended to address the overrepresentation of minority students in special education and discriminatory practices in relation to placement and school discipline. The regulation, in response to a GAO report, created standard metrics for states to use in determining disproportionality.? Historically states have used different methodologies and few have been flagged for disproportionality.? Sec. DeVos proposed delaying the implementation of the rule for two years (from 2018 to 2020) for K-12 students and for four years(from 2018 TO 2022) for students ages 3-5 served by IDEA Part C.? The federal register notice indicates that several concerns have been raised about the regulation.? It notes:

“A number of commenters suggested, for example, that the Department lacks the statutory authority under IDEA to require States to use a standard methodology, pointing out as well that the Department's previous position, adopted in the 2006 regulations implementing the 2004 amendments to IDEA, was that States are in the best position to evaluate factors affecting determinations of significant disproportionality.

Similarly, one detailed comment expressed concern that the standard methodology improperly looks at group outcomes through statistical measures rather than focusing on what is at the foundation of IDEA, namely the needs of each individual child and on the appropriateness of individual identifications, placements, or discipline. Further, a number of commenters suggested that the standard methodology would provide incentives to LEAs to establish numerical quotas on the number of children who can be identified as children with disabilities, assigned to certain classroom placements, or disciplined in certain ways.”

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) issued a statement blasting the proposal.? Sen. Murray said that Sec. DeVos “"made it clear in her confirmation hearing that she didn't understand an important federal law protecting students with disabilities, and this latest move shows that she hasn't made much progress since,"? Rep. Scott noted "Clearly, leaving ... significant disproportionality unregulated has done a disservice to millions of students of color with disabilities and exacerbated the 'school to prison pipeline. We cannot continue to ignore these disparities."

The Department of Education is asking for comments on the proposal.? They are due May 14 and may be submitted following the directions noted in the federal register below.

See:? https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/27/2018-04102/assistance-to-states-for-the-education-of-children-with-disabilities-preschool-grants-for-children



7. New? Resources for Educators

  • The Education Trust has issued Funding Gaps 2018 An Analysis of School Funding Equity Across the US and within Each State.? School districts serving the most minority students receive about $1800, or 13%, less per student in state and local funding than those serving the fewest students of color.See: https://edtrust.org/resource/funding-gaps-2018/
  • Bellwether Education Partners has issued Women in the Education Workforce: The Impact of State Teacher Pension Systems on Women’s Retirement a nonprofit, is out with new analyses that find that female educators earn lower salaries than their male counterparts throughout their working careers, which in turn leads to lower retirement benefits. See: https://www.teacherpensions.org/resource/women-education-workforce-impact
  • The Century Foundation issued The Future of Statewide College Promise Programs noting that at least 16 states have statewide free or debt-free college programs.?? See: https://tcf.org/content/report/future-statewide-college-promise-programs/
  • The First Five Years Fund is out with Early Learning in State ESSA Plans: How States are Using the Law which describes state efforts to support early learning using ESSA.See: https://ffyf.org/resources/early-learning-state-essa-plans-states-using-law/
  • New Leaders issued a policy brief Prioritizing Leadership: An Analysis of State ESSA Plans.? It found that:
    • 24 states plan to use the new 3 percent set-aside for school leadership
    • 41 states acknowledge leadership in their plans to improve high-need schools
    • 36 states intend to invest in teacher leadership
    • 21 states are expanding high-quality principal preparation programs
    • 11 states are rethinking and investing in principal supervisors

See:? http://newleaders.org/press/new-leaders-releases-policy-brief-state-essa-plans/

  • The Education Commission of the States issued an analysis Governors’ Top Education Priorities in 2018 State of the State Addresses which considers priorities governors laid out in their state of the state addresses this year.

See: https://www.ecs.org/governors-top-education-priorities-in-2018-state-of-the-state-addresses/.

  • The National Association of Charter School Authorizers issued Leadership Commitment Judgement Elements of Successful Charter School Authorizing considering what it takes to be a high quality authorizer. See: http://www.qualitycharters.org/research/quality-practice-project/
  • The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools issued Key Trends in Special Education in Charter Schools:? A Secondary Analysis of the Civil Rights Data Collection 2013-2014 reporting that charter schools tend to serve students with disabilities in more inclusive settings.

See:? http://www.ncsecs.org/crdc-analysis-13-14

  • The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the College & Career Readiness &?? Success (CCRS) Center issued a new policy brief How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities: Considerations for States. See: http://www.ncsecs.org/crdc-analysis-13-14
  • The National Center on Learning Disabilities and Understood.org have developed an Endrew F. Advocacy Toolkit providing practical tips for developing an IEP that leads to success for students with learning and attention issues.? The tool kit includes information from last year’s Supreme Court case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District which held that IDEA “requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

See: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/download-endrew-f-advocacy-toolkit

I’ll be in Boston next Friday visiting my best friend – since 6th grade! (There is nothing like such friends who knew you before you were fully formed.? They are real treasures.)? Next Washington Update will be March 23. I sure hope I’ll be reporting on a completed FY 2018 funding bill with lots of increases for education!? J

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February 23, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

Like you I’m sure, I am overwhelmed by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.? But likewise, I am so encouraged by the leadership and activism of the amazing students there.? There is a lot of talk about meaningful policy change in Washington with a range of ideas being floated.? An analysis of the various proposals is beyond the scope of this blog, but I fully anticipate (and hope) that this dialogue will be reflected in a constructive manner in multiple venues – through funding and appropriations as well as education-related bills.? I will do my best to keep you posted.? In the meantime, lead on Douglas students, lead on!

1. FY 2018 Appropriations:? Will the March 23 Deadline be Met?

Despite the fact that we are almost 5 months through the 2018 Fiscal Year, the Congress has one month --? until March 23 -- to finalize spending that will take us to September 30.? October 1 is the start of the FY 2019.

With the budget deal cut to raise the spending levels for both defense and non-defense discretionary spending, the next step is to divvy up the pie between the 12 appropriations bills.? Education advocates are urging that the Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill receive its fair share.? This is critical for retaining and possibly increasing funding for education programs.? But so far these 12 allocations appear to be undetermined, or at best a mystery.

With Congress in recess this week, little activity was apparent.? They return on Monday, so hopefully there will be new developments.


2. Higher Education Reauthorization Update

Today is the deadline for the submission of recommendations to the Senate HELP Committee regarding proposals for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.? This bi-partisan request from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is a hopeful sign for the possibility of a bi-partisan bill.? Virtually every education organization in Washington will be providing comments.? Below is some information from a few of the letters submitted.

From the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education and the Teacher Education Division of CEC:

The Higher Education Act and the Teacher Shortage

HECSE and TED have become increasingly alarmed about the shortage of teachers, particularly special education teachers, in recent years. One of the all too common responses to the shortage in states has been to lower the standards for entry into the profession. Given the results noted above for students with disabilities, we know that lowering the bar for teachers will not bring us the student outcomes needed in PK-12 for students with disabilities to move successfully into higher education and eventually into the workforce. Teachers need strong preparation in order to learn evidence-based strategies, such as how to provide multi-tiered systems of support, positive behavioral interventions and supports and universal design for learning. These are not skills that are learned on the fly. HECSE and TED want to draw a straight line between student outcomes and teacher preparation.

A recently released report concluded: “Evidence shows that underprepared, out-of-field, and substitute teachers typically depress student achievement and have higher attrition rates...Research has found that special education training significantly improves teachers’ capacity to effectively teach students with special needs.” (Learning Policy Institute, 2017)

We are compelled by the following facts:

  • Special education is the field with the greatest teacher shortage with 48 states and DC reporting shortages.
  • Those prepared through alternate pathways with less coursework and student teaching are 25% more likely to leave their schools and the profession than those who are well prepared.
  • Teacher preparation program enrollment is down 35% in the last? years (Learning Policy Institute, 2017).

The Higher Education Act plays a critical role in attracting and retaining teachers into the profession, particularly those in high need fields such as special education.

Many organizations concerned about the teaching profession converge on a similar set of recommendations in their letters.? For example, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE),? HECSE, and TED all recommend:

  • Continuing and strengthening loan forgiveness programs for teachers including the Stafford Loan Forgiveness for Teachers, Direct Loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Loan Forgiveness in Areas of National Need (note: they would be eliminated in the House Republican reauthorization bill, the PROSPER Act)
  • Strengthening and continuing TEACH grants for prospective teachers (note: they would be eliminated in the PRPOSPER Act)
  • Strengthening and continuing the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants in Title II (note: they would be eliminated in the PROSPER Act)

The question as to whether we will actually se