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like-wish-wonder_lottascales1-e1436963850187As long as students who were doodling didn’t seem distracted in class, I never asked them to stop and, in fact, found they sometimes produced creative pieces.

Last week, our friends and colleagues at KQED’s MindShift started a poignant conversation about the art of doodling in the classroom. Where doodling was once thought of as a sign of students not paying attention, many are now embracing it as a way to express creativity and listen at a different level.   (more…)

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Most of us have heard the saying, “Children don’t come with directions.”  In a new post  on The Birth Through Third Grade Learning Hub, Jacob Sondl writes about the TEDx talk “The Healthy Child: Assembly Required” by Kathleen Gallagher, in which she addresses the assembly required to build physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially healthy children.

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We shared with you recently that the 2015 Annual Building A Grad Nation report shows that U.S. high school graduation rates will reach the goal of 90% by 2020.  Yet, as we can imagine, disparities still exist.  Starting in June, our WORLD Channel will showcase documentaries that focus on continuing challenges facing students, parents, teachers and administrators outside of this 90%.  You can learn more about the complete collection that features stories from the best of public media such as Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District and two new films from WORLD’s exclusive America ReFramed: If You Build It and Where God Likes To Be
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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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