High Need Schools

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Budget & Finance Teachers Use Crowdsourcing for Education Triage, Not Extras
A study finds a mismatch between the basic classroom requests teachers increasingly make on DonorsChoose and the projects that get funded.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 5, 2021
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Teaching Profession Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Penalized Unfairly on Observations, Study Says
The study found that Black teachers were disproportionately given lower classroom observation scores due to factors beyond their control.
Madeline Will, December 14, 2020
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School & District Management Poverty, Not Race, Fuels the Achievement Gap
A new analysis finds that high-poverty schools are the least effective. But why those schools stifle achievement is harder to figure out.
Christina A. Samuels, October 1, 2019
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School & District Management Video Blunting the Impact of Poverty With Community Schools – 2016 Leaders to Learn From
Rather than waiting to see how job losses and higher housing costs would impact the schools in Vancouver, Wash., top leaders in the district set out in 2008 to create an “opportunity zone” where schools would focus on addressing the impact of poverty that can affect students’ classroom performance. In several phases, schools in the opportunity zone each set aside space for a family- and community-resource center staffed by a coordinator to help meet the needs of students and their families. Each resource center developed its own menu of services that are tailored to the specific needs of the school community, offering things like food pantries, free clothing, referrals to mental-health services, family-literacy classes, GED prep programs for parents, and on-site dental care through mobile dental vans. “We have a vested interest in the success of young people,” Superintendent Steve Webb says. “Too many of our young people have barriers to student success in their homes and in their neighborhoods. ... If not us, then who?” City leaders and school volunteers credit Webb and his chief of staff, Tom Hagley, with helping make that vision a reality. This video was produced as part of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From project, recognizing outstanding school district leaders from around the country. More at http://leaders.edweek.org. Education Week Video
February 24, 2016
Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Mind the Gap: Deploy Teacher Talent to High-Need Schools
To the Editor:
The June 3, 2015, Teacher Beat blog post "Ed. Dept.: Poorest Districts Have More Trainee Teachers" brings focus to an issue we've known about for years, but have had little success fixing—the inequitable distribution of teachers.
August 4, 2015
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Professional Development Opinion Why Do Teachers Leave High-Poverty Urban Schools?
The new "question-of-the-week" is: Why do teachers avoid, or leave, high poverty urban public schools and what can be done to improve the situation?
Larry Ferlazzo, May 6, 2015
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Education Opinion School as Home, and the Unwritten Job Descriptions of Teachers in High-Needs Schools
Creating a "home" at school, a safety net for kids who may have limited parental supervision or positive role modeling, creates the best chance for students to succeed. For teachers, this represents an added layer of responsibility, one for which we can't expect recognition within our formal evaluations, but which is nonetheless a vital component of doing our jobs well.
Ilana Garon, August 19, 2014
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School & District Management Opinion 15 Strategies for Placing Excellent Teachers in High-Need Schools
Arthur Levine shares lessons learned in the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's efforts to attract and prepare high-ability teacher-candidates for work in struggling schools.
Arthur E. Levine, August 1, 2014
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Teaching Profession Group Names Winners of $25,000 Award for Teachers in Low-Income Schools
TNTP, nonprofit teacher-recruitment and policy organization, has announced the four winners of its 3rd annual Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.
Marlena Chertock, May 20, 2014
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Professional Development Opinion Response: Building 'Political Will' to Retain Teachers in High-Need Schools
Barnett Berry and Ilana Garon share their thoughts on how to retain teachers in high-poverty schools.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 4, 2014
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Professional Development Opinion Response: Ways To Reduce Teacher Attrition In High Poverty Schools
Angel Cintron and Paul Bruno share ideas on how schools can reduce teacher attrition in high-poverty schools.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 1, 2014
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Education Opinion Why Do Teachers Leave High-Poverty Urban Schools?
The new "question-of-the-week" is: Why do teachers avoid, or leave, high poverty urban public schools and what can be done to improve the situation?
Larry Ferlazzo, February 26, 2014
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Teaching Opinion Deeper Learning in High Need Schools
It is easy for schools that serve high-challenge communities to be preoccupied with remediation. With the growth of double-blocked core subjects and managed instruction programs, one can assume that engaging projects and what might be called enrichment activities only happen in independent or suburban schools
Tom Vander Ark, September 18, 2013
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Florida School Closures: Why Are High Poverty Schools Under the Gun?
Some parents at the school, such as Mike Nunez, ask the poignant question, "Does it really all come down to money, class, and/or race?" Nunez notes South Lake Elementary has one of the highest poverty and minority rates of all the nearly 100 schools in the district. He stated that in the history of Brevard County, six schools in the North Area have been closed, with each of them lying in economically depressed areas (never in any areas considered to be "Affluent" neighborhoods). Additionally, Nunez suggests that no written criteria for how schools were chosen for possible closures have been found.
Anthony Cody, November 19, 2012
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