Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Common Core: A Tale of Two Districts

The introduction of the Common Core State Standards has provided school districts from across the country with great opportunities, but also great challenges.  Decisions are being made by these districts on how best to implement the common core standards.  A number of approaches are being taken, from a purchased curriculum to internally developed, and everything in between

Two districts highlighted in a recent ED Week articles, reflects the challenges and the successes that each has experienced.  One district in Long Beach, CA, and the other district in Orlando, FL have given us a glimpse of a dilemma we all share. Read story...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

African American Students, Suspensions, Expulsions, and Dropping Out

The suspension and expulsions of students from K - 12 schools is the singular most reliable predictor of student dropout rates.  And while African American students in the San Francisco Unified School District comprised approximately 10 percent of the population in 2012-13, they accounted for almost 50 percent of suspensions and expulsions. In addition, African American students were absent from school an average of 19 more days than other ethnic groups. Full story...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Demographic Shifts In America

The dramatic demographic transformation goes unnoticed by many.  Yet, the population in the United States is becoming majority non-white, and at the same time, older. And the majority of the older folks tend to be the white population.  This is creating the perfect storm for a collision of values that will impact politics, families, economics, etc.  And unlike other demographic shifts that have impacted the US over the last 500 years, this shift will have a more permanent consequence.
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