Issues

October 26, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 36, Issue 10
Advice From the Science Classroom: Better support and professional development for science teachers could eventually attract more students to science, writes educator Justin Louie.
Peter Hoey for Education Week
Recruitment & Retention Opinion Advice From the Science Classroom
Better support and professional development for science teachers could eventually attract more students to science, writes educator Justin Louie.
Justin Louie, October 25, 2016
4 min read
Science Opinion Focusing In on Science Learning
The numbers don't lie: Highly qualified science teachers are in short supply in the United States.
October 25, 2016
2 min read
A Bigger, Better STEM Field Begins With Teachers: As we develop a clearer blueprint for good science education, more teacher professional development is needed, writes educator Jen Gutierrez.
Peter Hoey for Education Week
Federal Opinion A Bigger, Better STEM Field Begins With Teachers
As we develop a clearer blueprint for good science education, more teacher professional development is needed, writes educator Jen Gutierrez.
Jen Gutierrez, October 25, 2016
4 min read
The Key to Good Science Teaching: Good continuous learning for science teachers looks a lot like what we want for students, writes researcher Kirsten Daehler.
Peter Hoey for Education Week
Professional Development Opinion The Key to Good Science Teaching
Good continuous learning for science teachers looks a lot like what we want for students, writes researcher Kirsten Daehler.
Kirsten Daehler, October 25, 2016
4 min read
What It Takes to Teach Science in a Rural School: For rural science teachers, a command of subject matter and pedagogy isn’t enough, write Jessica Weller and Lynn A. Bryan of Purdue University.
Peter Hoey for Education Week
Student Well-Being Opinion What It Takes to Teach Science in a Rural School
For rural science teachers, a command of subject matter and pedagogy isn’t enough, write Jessica Weller and Lynn A. Bryan of Purdue University.
Jessica Weller & Lynn A. Bryan, October 25, 2016
5 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Dual Enrollment Should Be 'Invested in and Expanded'
To the Editor:
The article "Are Dual-Enrollment Programs Being Oversold?" (Sept. 7, 2016) raises valid concerns about credit transfer from one institution of higher education to another, but misses the larger benefits of dual-enrollment programs and what we know makes them transformative for students.
October 25, 2016
2 min read
Equity & Diversity Letter to the Editor Balancing 'Growth Mindset' With Classroom Practices
To the Editor:
Educators talk about growth mindset, but how much do we really know? Not enough, as revealed in a recent Education Week article ("Teachers Seize On 'Growth Mindset,' But Classroom Practice Lags," Sept. 21, 2016). And what we do know can easily be misapplied, as the researcher Carol Dweck pointed out in her Commentary last year when she asked, "Must it always come back to finding a reason why some children just can't learn, as opposed to finding a way to help them learn?" ("Growth Mindset, Revisited," Sept. 23, 2015).
October 25, 2016
1 min read
Is STEM Education in Permanent Crisis?: Perpetual and wide-spread STEM teacher shortages in the Unites States are holding students back, writes UTeach’s Michael Marder.
Peter Hoey for Education Week
Science Opinion Is STEM Education in Permanent Crisis?
Perpetual and widespread STEM teacher shortages in the Unites States are holding students back, writes UTeach's Michael Marder.
Michael Marder, October 25, 2016
4 min read
John Faso The Republican candidate is a strong supporter of charter schools.
<b>John Faso</b><br> The Republican candidate is a strong supporter of charter schools.
Mark L. Emerson
School & District Management K-12 Issues Resonate in Upstate N.Y. Congressional Race
Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout has been a harsh critic of high-stakes testing and the common core, while Republican John Faso is a strong supporter of charter schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 25, 2016
4 min read
Federal Final U.S. Teacher-Prep Regs Create Data Demands
Questions loom on how the new requirements will be implemented by the states and how effective they will ultimately be in improving education schools.
Brenda Iasevoli, October 25, 2016
6 min read
School Climate & Safety School Discipline Under Study in Fla. District
Broward County wants to root out the subtle biases that lead black students to be punished at disproportionately high rates.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2016
4 min read
School & District Management Georgia Voters to Decide State's Role in Struggling Schools
A ballot measure would alter the state constitution to allow a special district to intervene in low-performing schools.
Denisa R. Superville, October 25, 2016
6 min read
A sign urging a vote against a ballot measure that seeks to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts is seen at the McKinley South End Academy, a public school in Boston.
A sign urging a vote against a ballot measure that seeks to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts is seen at the McKinley South End Academy, a public school in Boston.
David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty
School Choice & Charters In Bid to Lift Mass. Charter Cap, Pitched Battle Rages
A ballot measure that would ease restrictions on charter school expansion has drawn deep-pocketed supporters and opponents.
Arianna Prothero, October 25, 2016
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness U.S. Graduation Rates Gain for Fourth Straight Year
Even as high school graduation rates inched up to 83.2 percent, experts say it’s difficult to determine that federal education policy is responsible uptick in in the 2014-15 school year.
Alyson Klein, October 25, 2016
4 min read
School & District Management Place-Based Lessons Help Rural Schools Engage Gifted Students
Researchers and educators are collaborating in 13 rural Virginia districts to develop lessons that speak to academically promising students through their surroundings.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2016
5 min read
Infrastructure Calif. Community Builds Homegrown Internet Network for Schools
The network was built with the help of an FCC program called the Educational Broadband Service, which needs to be opened up to more schools, critics say.
Leo Doran, October 25, 2016
2 min read
Infrastructure Education Groups Call for FCC Action on Huge Tech Resource
Possibly billions of dollars worth of a public educational telecommunications resource has languished unused and unlicensed within the federal government, estimates show.
Leo Doran, October 25, 2016
10 min read
Brandon Velazquez, left, works after class with Carlos Munoz, an instructor and advisor at Eastern Washington University. Velasquez credits a transition course he took as a high school senior with helping him succeed in college. “I was a little worried when I first got here, but everything’s coming pretty easy to me,” he says.
Brandon Velazquez, left, works after class with Carlos Munoz, an instructor and advisor at Eastern Washington University. Velasquez credits a transition course he took as a high school senior with helping him succeed in college. “I was a little worried when I first got here, but everything’s coming pretty easy to me,” he says.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Velazquez
College & Workforce Readiness H.S. Classes Offer Bypass to Remedial Courses
Twelfth graders who take and pass the transition classes can enroll directly in credit-bearing courses in college.
Catherine Gewertz, October 25, 2016
7 min read
Senior Dinora Flores, left, gets homework help from classmate Tanasha Owens in a residence hall at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. The school offers supports to attract and keep students like Dinora, a daughter of Mexican immigrants.
Senior Dinora Flores, left, gets homework help from classmate Tanasha Owens in a residence hall at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. The school offers supports to attract and keep students like Dinora, a daughter of Mexican immigrants.
Justin Cook for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Disadvantaged Students Outnumbered at Top Public Boarding Schools
Academic and emotional supports are needed to help gifted students from low-income families thrive at public residential schools.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2016
9 min read
Jack Greenberg
Jack Greenberg
Law & Courts Obituary Obituary
Jack Greenberg, a civil rights lawyer who helped litigate the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, has died.
Corey Mitchell, October 25, 2016
1 min read
Sharon P. Robinson
Sharon P. Robinson
School & District Management News in Brief Transitions
Sharon P. Robinson, the president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, will retire next July.
October 25, 2016
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy News in Brief Minority Boys to Get Free Internet Access
One million high school students from low-income families will receive free internet access under President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative for boys of color. The Sprint Corp. and partners will provide tablets, smartphones, laptops, other mobile devices, and four years of service to s...
Corey Mitchell, October 25, 2016
1 min read
Federal News in Brief If K-12 Students Had a Say, Clinton Would Be Victor
A couple weeks away from Election Day, more than 150,000 schoolchildren have already voted on whom they want to be president.
The Associated Press, October 25, 2016
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Charter School Network in Chicago Averts Strike
Teachers at one of Chicago's largest charter school networks last week reached a deal to avoid a strike.
Tribune News Service, October 25, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Teachers Weigh In on Common Core
Elementary teachers have generally positive views of the Common Core State Standards, despite concerns of too-high expectations for students and too-little support for teachers, new findings say.
Madeline Will, October 25, 2016
1 min read
Assessment Report Roundup English-Language Learning
English-language learners of secondary school age who are deemed English-proficient still often struggle to grasp math and English/language arts lessons, a study has found.
Corey Mitchell, October 25, 2016
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Computer Science
Lack of access to computers and computer science classes contribute to the continuing racial and gender gaps in K-12 computer science education, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Gallup organization for Google.
Marva Hinton, October 25, 2016
1 min read
Assessment Report Roundup Testing
Kindergarten entry assessments—quick tests that are given to incoming students and are intended to help teachers tailor instruction to a child's needs—are used in close to three-quarters of the nation's public schools.
Christina A. Samuels, October 25, 2016
1 min read
International Report Roundup Math Education
Students in high-performing countries for mathematics are less reliant on memorization strategies than their peers in lower-performing countries, according to a new analysis of international assessment data.
Liana Loewus, October 25, 2016
1 min read