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The Nation’s Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading was released today by the National Center for Education Statistics, an independent research arm of the Department.
For the first time, the complete findings are featured online at the new interactive website, Nation’s Report Card. Highlights of the findings are also available online and in print.
18, business and not-for-profit leaders, educators, researchers and senior White House and ED officials met at Miami-Dade College to discuss early learning within
the Hispanic community.
Although Hispanic children represent the
fastest-growing segment of the nation’s population under age 5, less than half
are enrolled in an early learning program. The day-long summit focused on
existing research highlighting the benefits of quality early learning, its impact on
national security and the economy, and the President’s Preschool for All initiative, while it encouraged the private and philanthropic sectors to increase investments,
complementing federal investments, and the media to partner and raise awareness in the Hispanic community.
Don’t miss Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics James Heckman’s opening video, as well as
video [1, 2, 3, 4, and 5] from the summit’s
Read our National Summit Early Learning blog.
In late October, the WHIEEH launched its monthly webinar series, the first focusing on Early Learning.
Each webinar will aim to connect national and local leaders, while highlighting Bright Spots, throughout the nation, to discuss federal programs and initiatives, relevant policy issues and evidence-based practices that are benefiting the Hispanic community.
Invitations for these webinars will be sent via email through the WHIEEH listerve. Stay up-to-date with webinar information here.
When it comes to repaying your federal student loans,
there’s a lot to consider. But, by taking the time to understand the details of
repayment, you can save yourself time and money. This should help you get
President Obama put forward an ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs, encourage colleges to improve their value, and empower students and families with information to help them make informed decisions about which college to attend.
As part of this proposal, the President
directed ED to develop a rating system to better inform students
about their options and encourage colleges to improve.
ED recently announced opportunities for the
general public to interact with ED officials, as well as the broader
education community, and share their ideas about how to develop the ratings and
address the key themes of college access, affordability and outcomes.
Open forums started on November 6 at California State University. Others will take place in VA, IA and LA. Learn more about the open forums here.
The National PTA has released Common Core State Standards Assessment and Accountability guides. These new resources will serve as a tool as states begin to transition to the new Common Core aligned assessments and will function as an important companion to the original Parents’ Guide to Student Success. The free guides are available at pta.org/commoncore. Guides for every state implementing common core will be available by early 2014.
Continues from the August, 2013 Issue.
Myth: The Common Core State Standards tell teachers what
Fact: The best understanding of what
works in the classroom comes from the teachers who are in them. That’s why
these standards will establish what students need to learn, but they will not
dictate how teachers should teach. Instead, schools and teachers will decide
how best to help students reach the standards.
Myth: These Standards amount to a
national curriculum for our schools.
Fact: The Standards are not a
curriculum. They are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what
knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers,
principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be
met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to
the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.
On September 4th, the Initiative began their south and west Texas
Back-to-School Tour. After 9 stops in 7 cities over 3
days, they connected with students, parents, educators,
administrators and community leaders, heard inspiring stories and saw
first-hand the great work being done at the local level. Read all about their visits here.
During our back-to-school travels, we met Mr. Jorge Ontiveros, a 6th grade middle school teacher from Palomino Intermediate School
in Phoenix, Arizona.
aspect of education are you most passionate about and why? I
am proud of what I do and know that every day is an opportunity to inspire students.
I am able to provide them with key tools, outside of academics, which they will use
in the classroom and throughout their lives such as respect, hard work, and
honesty. I know that I can make a huge impact on the decisions each individual
student will make.
were raised in Arizona and decided to continue living and teaching there. Why? This
is my community and where I feel I can make a difference. I can understand and relate to the students and the parents so I feel needed and wanted here. My mom, although involved in my
education, could not speak to my teachers. She relied on my sister to translate
and translations are not always accurate. Being able to communicate in Spanish
and relate to parents helps to foster the best learning environment for each
What can be done to expose more young men to the
teaching profession? Currently,
there is a lack of opportunities where students see male teachers in the classroom. We need to provide opportunities where they can mentor or
tutor other students so they understand the impact they can have when helping
advice do you have for students that are considering becoming teachers? As
a teacher, you become an authority figure. Embrace the opportunity to influence
students even more so than in academics. This is very important to understand.
You need to know that you have the opportunity to
influence their life. Teacher's don't make much, but if you are passionate about teaching,
money won’t matter. There are other ways to make money, such as tutoring. Follow
your heart and make a difference in the life of a child.