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New $5M project will study impact of Common Core

Researchers will examine how responses to the Common Core standards are impacting classroom educators


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A new $4.9 million project will examine how stakeholders from the government and other sectors are responding to the Common Core State Standards, and how those responses are impacting classroom instruction and social disparities in academic achievement in school districts across the nation.

Funding for the first phase of the five-year Common Core analysis was awarded researchers from the University of Michigan, Brown University and Stanford University from the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Among the data that will be used in the study is a collection of video records of classroom teaching from roughly 240 teachers in six urban school districts that participated in the Measures of Effective Teaching project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The study also will draw on a database archived at Stanford University that allows researchers to track student achievement trends in all 50 states longitudinally.

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through the Every Student Succeeds Act

U.S. Department of Education sent this bulletin at 10/20/2016 11:03 AM EDT

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through the Every Student Succeeds Act

The U.S. Department of Education released today non-regulatory guidance to help ensure young children from birth through third-grade get the strong start they need to achieve success in school and in life. This is the Department’s first comprehensive look at how the nation’s new education law supports our youngest learners. 

President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replace key requirements of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. For the first time, the ESSA includes provisions to promote coordination in early learning among local communities; align preschool with early elementary school; and build the capacity of teachers, leaders and others serving young children to provide the highest-quality early learning opportunities.Early learning is woven throughout the ESSA, as a means of addressing educational equity, supporting students’ school success, and bringing greater alignment along the entire education continuum. The ESSA, also for the first time, authorizes Preschool Development Grants, building upon the existing Preschool Development Grant program which has support 18 states, to ensure more students across the country have access to high-quality preschool. 

This guidance is intended to remind state and local decision-makers about the importance of investing in early learning, highlight the opportunities available under the new law to strengthen early education, and provide examples of how states and local communities can support young children’s success in school. The guidance is available here.

“Expanding High-quality early learning opportunities helps close achievement gaps because it gives all children—no matter their zip code—a strong start,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “A high-quality early education can support social-emotional development and unlock a child’s potential, so that all children have the foundation they need to thrive in school and beyond.”

Positive Impact of High-Quality Early Learning 

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Check out JP's Most Recent Newsletter on Differentiated Instruction

By now you are well-invested in your school year, and you have a good feel for what your students need. You likely have students all over the board and at many different levels - what teacher doesn't encounter this? Hello Differentiated Instruction, your new best friend. As described by our Founder and President, Janie Feinberg, "Differentiation is the recognition of and commitment to plan for student differences. Differentiation is essential because it allows students' learning to be personalized to their specific academic learning needs. A differentiated classroom provides different avenues to acquire content, to process or make sense of information and ideas, and to develop products." Janie goes on to say it can be thought of asgrouped individualization. "Teachers need to identify similar skill levels and group for instruction as closely as possible." Specifically, Differentiation is:
  • Providing multiple assignments within each unit, tailored for students of different levels of readiness, interest, and/or learning style
  • Proleptic teaching...this is having high expectations for all students - teaching as if you are assuming everyone is going to reach their goal. Aim high and differentiate down as necessary.
This issue has some amazing information. When it comes to Differentiated Instruction, our School Improvement Specialist provide evidence based and field proven strategies. They are the best in the business! If you are interested in a personalized approach to Differentiated Instruction, contact us today, and we will happily assess your needs and come up with a winning plan for success. 

4 ways ESSA will change how schools serve ELL students

The Every Student Succeeds Act creates several new requirements for English learner equity



The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, first passed in 1965, is at its heart a piece of civil rights legislation. Its whole purpose is to provide federal funds to states and districts to overcome disadvantages faced by students who have traditionally fallen through the cracks or been intentionally ignored.

In the latest rewrite of the law, which turned No Child Left Behind into Every Student Succeeds, there are some key provisions that shift the way schools will have to identify, serve, test and report information about students who do not speak English.

In four categories in particular, schools will have to make significant changes.

Classifying English learners

Standardized testing

English proficiency


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Can a Nurse Help with Absenteeism?

How do you fight chronic absenteeism? Put a nurse in every school.


Almost a fifth of Memphis students are considered chronically absent from school, and too often it’s because of an asthma attack, a toothache or an undiagnosed psychological condition.

Community leaders grappling with the city’s high rate of absenteeism frequently have cited challenges rooted in poverty — from students who struggle to get a ride to school to embarrassment over dirty uniforms. Now they’re zeroing in on a deeper related problem: chronic health conditions.

Last year, a staggering 44,000 Memphis students reported suffering from a chronic health condition, contributing to 18 percent of students missing at least 18 days of class in Shelby County Schools or the state-run Achievement School District.

“It’s clear that having a nurse at every school could greatly reduce the number of students who miss school for preventable health reasons,” said Lora Jobe, executive director of PeopleFirst Partnership, a coalition of business, government, academic and civic leaders. “The health concerns we’re talking about disproportionately affect impoverished children and children of color. In Memphis, addressing this should be a top priority.”

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