News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Bush Establishes Panel On Indian Education
President Bush has issued an executive order establishing a federal
task force to help schools with American Indian populations meet the
demands posed by the No Child Left Behind Act.
The task force will include representatives of the federal departments of Education, Interior, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Justice, Labor, and other agencies that its members request. The president signed the executive order during a ceremony with tribal leaders and members of Congress on April 30. The interagency committee will devise a plan to help Indian schools and tribes comply with the 3-year-old federal education law.
In addition, the executive order calls for the task force to conduct a multiyear study of Indian education that will look at ways to improve student performance, strengthen early-childhood education, reduce dropout rates, and identify research-based practices for boosting student academic achievement. Officials at schools with Indian populations have voiced worries about their ability to meet the law’s requirements on academic progress, teacher quality, English-language proficiency, and other areas. ("‘No Child’ Law Poses Challenges to Indians," May 5, 2004.)
Court TV to Air Webcast Of Brown Museum Dedication
The Court TV cable channel will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision with a Web-only telecast on May 17 of the dedication of the Brown national historic site at the restored Monroe School in Topeka.
The webcast will air that day from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time at www.courttv.com/brown/ and will include live interviews with Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton. The Brown museum is run by the National Park Service, which is part of the Interior Department. The program will also include a discussion among high school students in Topeka and students attending a teach-in at New York University about the landmark case overturning segregated schools.
Teachers can find curriculum materials about the case at Court TV’s Brown Web site, at the address above, and can tape for classroom use a 30-minute show featuring prominent African-Americans reflecting on the case. "Reflections: Brown v. Board of Education" is being aired on the Court TV channel at 4 a.m. Eastern time each Saturday in May.
Department to Sponsor Sessions for Teachers
The Department of Education will sponsor a national conference for teachers on the translation of education research into classroom practice, to be held in Washington on July 20.
The "Research-to-Practice Summit," part of the department’s new outreach to teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act, will team up researchers and classroom practitioners in workshops on closing achievement gaps between students from different subgroups and using research-based strategies in the classroom. ("Department Initiative Seeks to Help Teachers Share Ideas," April 28, 2004.)
Also this summer, the department is sponsoring several workshops around the country on closing achievement gaps. The schedule is: Denver, June 21-23; Portland, Ore., June 28-30; Pittsburgh, July 6-8; Orlando, Fla., July 12-14; Anaheim, Calif., July 21-23; St. Louis, July 28-30; and Boston, Aug. 2-4.
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