September 13, 2006
Education Week, Vol. 26, Issue 03
School & District Management Building Capacity
What’s gone around has come around. After a decade or so spent largely on setting academic standards against which to hold schools accountable, states are themselves being held accountable for helping schools figure out how to meet them. Part of Education Week's special annual report, Leading for Learning.
Student Well-Being Chat Wrap-Up: Student Motivation—What Works, What Doesn’t
On Aug. 30, readers directed their questions on student motivation to a panel that included Edward L. Deci, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester; Carol S. Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University; and Susan N. Graham, a teacher at Gayle Middle School, in Stafford County, Va.
Teaching Profession Detroit Students Go to School for One Day
The educational prospects of some 120,000 students who attend Detroit public schools continued to hang in the balance last week, as a teachers’ strike rolled past the opening day of school and district officials canceled classes indefinitely.
Professional Development Professional Development: How Do We Know If It Works?
Research, teaching, and funding communities need to maintain a much higher standard of evidence about the effectiveness for enhancing student learning of professional-development interventions that they support, writes Pendred Noyce.
School & District Management Walkout Seen as Further Blow to Dwindling District
While striking Detroit teachers remained on the picket lines last week and district administrators conceded they couldn’t keep schools open without them, parents, community leaders, and experts pondered a more long-term problem: Would this latest crisis accelerate the student exodus from the city’s already withering school system?
Early Childhood Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Expanding Pre-K
Disappointed by voters’ rejection in June of a broad plan to deliver free preschool to all California 4-year-olds, advocates for early-childhood education have been reinvigorated by the legislative success of a more modest proposal to expand the state’s existing preschool system.
Teaching Profession Teachers’ Unions Coming to Terms With Their Districts
Teachers in Gary, Ind., returned to work Sept. 1, the morning after resolving an 11-day strike.
States Education at Issue in Fla. Race to Replace Gov. Bush
The stage for the Florida governor’s race is finally set. In a matchup determined by last week’s primary, a Republican former education commissioner under outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush will square off against a Democratic congressman and former state lawmaker in the campaign leading up to the Nov. 7 election that is likely to focus heavily on education.
School & District Management Mentoring for New Principals Gains Policy Attention
A growing number of states are providing new forms of coaching and training for novice principals in the hope of turning what’s often a sink-or-swim experience into one more likely to lead to improved school performance.
Federal Long-Delayed U.S. Panel on Reading Yet to Be Named
The slow pace of Washington bureaucracy is the stuff of legend, and, occasionally, satire. But even by Washington standards, the progress of the Commission on Reading Research has been particularly plodding.
Curriculum Judge Backs Portrayal of Hinduism, but Voids Texts’ Process
A superior-court judge in California last week denied a religious organization’s claims that history texts adopted for use in the state’s middle schools portray Hinduism inaccurately or negatively.
Teaching Student Pressure Subject of Debate
As another school year begins, a new crop of highly publicized books depicts American students as overburdened with academic demands, many of questionable value. But some experts contend that such a portrait distorts the truth: Most students, they say, are not particularly challenged in school.
Education Letter to the Editor Defending Reading Book Over Implied ‘Collusion’
I was dismayed by the inaccuracies in your Teaching & Learning column about my book with G. Reid Lyon, Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education ("Former Reading Czar Teams Up With PR Executive on Book," Aug. 9, 2006).
Education Letter to the Editor Aren’t Charter Advocates Using a Double Standard?
So charter school advocates now say that data from the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress showing that charter schools trail behind public schools in student achievement “represent a snapshot at one point in time, with no consideration of students’ prior academic achievement” ("Reanalysis of NAEP Scores Finds Charter Schools Lagging," Aug. 30, 2006.)
Education U.S. Civil Rights Commission Examines Omaha Breakup
Three members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission were to meet in Omaha on Sept. 8 for a hearing on the implications of a new Nebraska law that divides the state’s largest school district into three racially identifiable segments.