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American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 80 public radio and television stations have joined forces with over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states.  WGBY is an American Graduate Hub Station, and virtually all of our educational outreach supports cradle to career efforts to address the dropout crisis.

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report released on May 13, 2015, “The United States is on pace to hit a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.”   Among the report’s telling details, (more…)

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The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Museum of Science Boston, and WGBH are seeking applicants to represent Massachusetts on a new Science Ambassadors team.  Up to 40 Ambassadors representing a diverse spectrum will provide leadership in their districts and across the state as Massachusetts anticipates adoption of revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards in the fall of 2015.  Applications are encouraged from public school teachers, science leaders, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and higher education staff from all regions of the state.  (more…)

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imagesMany districts are in the process of aligning their curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks incorporating the Common Core Standards. Districts are both reviewing materials and developing their own curriculum units. So how do you assess materials for alignment to the CCSS?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) had the same question when it began the Model Curriculum Project.  To answer it, the Department partnered with Rhode Island and New York to develop a quality review rubric for materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Now, any district or school can use the EQuIP rubrics and resources to evaluate the alignment and quality of curricular materials.

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indexIn an article from Usable Knowledgeable News at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “Getting to Excellence With Equity,” an interview with Professor Ronald Ferguson, who has long led the call for closing achievement gaps, emphasizes the need to raise the bar for all students.  In addition to Professor Ferguson’s insights on a subject that encompasses opportunity and achievement, you can also learn about (more…)

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As teachers work daily to prepare and work with students, curriculum development — however important — can seem overwhelming. Giving background information on the Model Curriculum Unit Project and showing how they’re created, this video highlights the backward design process used to create MCUs and discusses how teachers use first-hand knowledge of student needs in the process.

WGBH, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, wants you to know that whether you’re adapting or implementing the MCU Model or creating your own curriculum materials locally, the DESE has tools  (more…)

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Watch this endearing and thought-provoking trailer of a documentary by Julie Akeret presented by WGBY and coming later in 2014, pending  funding. The film documents classes conducted at Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield MA. by Mount Holyoke College with a diverse group of second graders who learn to love books and reading as they argue about some of life’s headiest issues using picture books as a starting point for their discussions.

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Les 10 Clip 1 Still_largeBlack History Month begins and throughout February you’ll find resources here to spark students’ curiosity. This one considers the 21st century demand for a new way of approaching education policy and practice — a “whole child” approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement.  Such an approach requires that policymakers make decisions about education by first asking:   What works best for children? (more…)

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