Dear Students, You’re Not #1. | theeffortfuleducator

Dear Students,

Please read carefully and completely before passing judgement.  

You’re not the #1 priority in my life.  That spot is reserved for my family.  I love my wife and three children more than just about anything.  You’ve been in my class and heard my stories…you know.  I show you our weekend excursions on facebook.  I relate anything and everything in our class discussions to them.  You’ve seen my cabinet doors full of my kids’ art work:

I love those people so much and will drop everything for them.  Nothing brings me more joy than a great day at home with my people.  It’s…

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Hispanic enrollment doubled in 20 years | Joanne

The number of Hispanic students has nearly doubled in the last 20 years, and now makes up 22.7 percent of enrollees from preschool through college, according to a new Census report.

Graduation rates have risen sharply for Hispanic students, reports Marilyn Garateix on the Education Writers of America site. “In 1996, 35 percent of Hispanics ages 18 to 24 had not completed and were not enrolled in high school. By 2016, the figure had plummeted to 9.9 percent, 4 points higher than the national average of 6.4 percent.”

More Hispanic students are enrolling in college, especially low-cost,…

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PDK: 1/3 of parents prefer public schools | Joanne

Fifty-two percent of Americans oppose “allowing students and parents to choose a private school to attend at public expense” in the 2017 PDK Poll.

However, only 54 percent of public-school parents would turn down a full-tuition voucher to send their child to a private or religious school; 39 percent would use the voucher and the rest are undecided.

Overall, “if cost and location were not issues, just one-third of parents say they’d pick a traditional public school over a private school (31%), public charter school (17%), or a religious school (14%),” PDK reports.

The survey’s…

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Speech codes discriminate against ‘neurodiverse’ students | Joanne

College students with autism and other “neurodiverse” conditions could use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to overturn speech codes, writes Geoffrey Miller, a psychology professor at the University of New Mexico, on Quillette.

“Restrictive speech norms impose impossible expectations on the social sensitivity, cultural awareness, verbal precision, and self-control of many neurodivergent people,” he writes.

He estimates that least 20 percent of college students, staff and faculty have mental disorders that make it difficult to follow ambiguous, shifting social norms.

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Teachers Designing Reforms That Stick: The Interactive Student Notebook (Part 1) | larrycuban

Policymakers and reformers seeking changes in classroom practices seldom recognize or acknowledge the following points I will make in the next two posts.
The history of U.S. teaching documents that teachers have altered their daily practices often.
Most teachers have added to their repertoire of classroom approaches a little at a time based upon their daily experiences in teaching and what they learn from trusted colleagues.
Reforms aimed at teachers’ lessons that have the most sticking power are neither top-down policy mandates nor research studies but ideas that teachers design, borrow,…

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What if everyone gets extra time on SAT? | Joanne

Many more students are getting extra time to complete the SAT, primarily due to learning disability diagnoses.  Is the SAT still valid?, asks Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, who blogs at School Law Pro, in Education Week.

In 2003, the College Board, which runs the SAT, stopped flagging results of students with disabilities who used extra time and other accommodations. The number of requests soared, as did fears that affluent parents were gaming the system to boost the scores of their not-really-disabled children.

“College Board set up a rigorous approval process for students seeking such…

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Erbij mogen horen: waar we naar kijken, bepaalt wat we zien | johandewilde

Originally posted on Kleutergewijs:
Een onderzoek over vooroordelen bij kleuteronderwijzers Vertel 135 kleuteronderwijzers in de Verenigde Staten dat ze gaan deelnemen aan een onderzoek over hoe leerkrachten de eerste tekenen van probleemgedrag herkennen. Ze zullen filmfragmenten te zien krijgen waarin kinderen verschillende activiteiten uitvoeren en waarin soms wel en soms geen probleemgedrag voorkomt. De leerkrachten…

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