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This topic is focused on solutions to fix our schools and give our kids a much better education.

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A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Poor Students

http://www.nationofchange.org/news/2016/01/26/a-bold-shift-to-make-public-schools-serve-poor-students/

Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.

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Farm-To-School Movement Gives Students Lessons On Food

http://nationswell.com/farm-to-school-sandy-mckelvey-food-education/

“Over the years, I’ve sensed a disconnect between kids and their understanding of where food comes from. When it’s prepackaged in boxes, they do not realize that everything comes from farms...”

     

Hudson Valley Farm To School

http://www.hvfs.org

Farm to School inspires kids to think about where their food comes from and make healthier choices.

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Why are schools in Massachusetts so much better?

PART I:

http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/massachusetts-is-a-lot-like-us-so-why-are-its-schools-so-much-better/

"For more than a decade, fourth-graders in Massachusetts have been, on average, the most literate children in the country. They also compute at higher levels. The same is true for eighth-graders. And for overall K-12 achievement.

Why? 

What are they doing differently?

1) Actually funding their schools.

2) It's how they spend their money!

Every parent, teacher, principal and school board can learn A LOT from reading this. [ Read on... ]

   

PART II:

http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/what-can-a-school-do-with-an-extra-300-hours-in-massachusetts-many-see-big-payoffs/

"A Harvard researcher...had determined that the tipping point for real gains came with 300 extra hours of schooling per year."

Can a longer school day reap big rewards for all students? Yes.

Is there a way to help low income & minority students significantly boost their achievement too? Yes.

BUT, it's how you "fill the time" that really matters most.

Here's how schools in Massachusetts do it right. [ Read on... ]

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What Are Massachusetts Public Schools Doing Right?

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/05/what-are-massachusetts-public-schools-doing-right/483935/

"Massachusetts is widely seen as having the best school system in the country: Just 2 percent of its high-schoolers drop out, for example, and its students’ math and reading scores rank No. 1 nationally. It even performs toward the top on international education indices."

Why? How did they do this without the typical "partisan wrangling" and "inter-agency tensions" that screw up the works?

To be fair, there are still achievement gaps and income based disparities.

However, not sitting on their laurels, they have recently focused on "social-emotional learning and wellness."

This means the school system is "homing in on how childhood trauma can undermine achievement and developing means for helping kids cope with it." Trauma, lack of access and quality healthcare leave some disadvantaged students behind. I had no idea that dental disease is one of the most common reasons kids miss school. Dental disease!

This is a huge step in the right direction and absolutely necessary for the welfare of all children and families long term.

We have seen the effects of NOT addressing this or ignoring it for decades now.

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How Portland, Ore., Is Translating Student Grit Into Success

http://nationswell.com/portland-translating-student-grit-success/

"Future Connect finds first-generation or low-income kids — with heart — and gives them scholarships, peer support and individual counselors to help them get through college."

Future Connect basically seeks out students who show "grit" (in other words 'heart' or 'determination').

The early results...

First 144 students (2011): 70 percent remained in school. 

Most recent term: 93 percent remained in school.

Wow. Great numbers!

 

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3 Top Educators Share Their Secrets to Successful School Reform

http://nationswell.com/educator-secrets-successful-school-reform/

In order to successfully reform our school system, teachers MUST consent to any proposal. Period.

Otherwise, it's a futile measure.

Well folks, 3 actual educators weighed in as to what's working and what your school district should implement now.

These tips include: advocates, listening & adapting, and better communication.

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When This School Got Rid of Homework, It Saw a Dramatic Outcome

"Flipping the classroom" can have a significant positive impact on your students.

For Clintondale High School, failure rates dropped from 35% to 10% & college admission rose from 63% to 80% in two years.

But that's not all.

Watch this video...

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