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On August 21, 2013, we hosted a workshop led by Katherine Prince, an authority on trends affecting K-12 American education who helps people see how they can shape the future of education in their community through creative thinking and dynamic collaborations.
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On June 7, 2013 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan outlined President Obama's High School
Redesign initiative during a roundtable event at Aviation High School in
New York City. This fact sheet highlights how the High School Redesign
initiative will challenge high schools and their partners to rethink
teaching and learning and put in place learning models that are
rigorous, relevant and better focused on real-world experiences.
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develop the skills and acquire the knowledge necessary to thrive in post-secondary education, career and civic life.
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If backers of Battle Creek’s “whole child” initiative are ever
feeling lonely in their work, they need only look to their neighbors
immediately to the west. For two years, a
number of schools, churches, businesses and service providers in Battle
Creek have been involved in a holistic look at families, especially
families with young children, as a way to improve academics. Kalamazoo
County’s The Learning Network was announced just months after Battle
Creek’s initiative, and, besides geography and some of the day-to-day
specifics, it could be hard to tell the two apart. Learn more in this article from The Battle Creek Enquirer.
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Many Kalamazoo elementary and middle schools increased the
percent of students rated proficient in math, and
improved their reading results in 2012. Kalamazoo Public Schools also showed improvements for each of the
major demographic groups. However, the so-called achievement gap –– the gap between white and
middle-class students compared to low-income and minority students –– widened slightly. Learn more in this article from The Kalamazoo Gazette/Mlive.
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A federal grant program in the works to help states jump-start
kindergarten-entry assessments is renewing debate among early-childhood
educators about the benefits and pitfalls of evaluating young children. Learn more in this article from Education Week.
How many citizens does it take to improve Michigan's schools? There
may be no sure answer to that question but the Center for Michigan is
working to get as many involved as it can. Learn more in this article from Southwest Michigan's Second Wave.
Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color.
Bridge Magazine, in collaboration with the Lansing-based research firm
of Public Sector Consultants, recently created a ranking system measuring a
school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a
predictor of academic achievement. Learn more in this article from The Kalamazoo Gazette/Mlive.
From The New York Times, this story of three friends from Galveston, Tex., seems less a tribute to upward mobility than a study of obstacles in an age of economic inequality.
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