Helping at-risk students succeed in school by using personalized attention – Education Article

Maria Garcia, 17, has overcome serious adversity thanks to the help of the Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy, known as SAVA. She plans to graduate this spring. Emily Kaplan, for The Hechinger Report SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Earlier this year, Ricketa Bluford, a teacher at the Elk Grove campus of the Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (SAVA), assigned her students a personal narrative essay. The one submitted by Maria Garcia, a senior in her independent study class, stopped her cold. “The…

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3 Ways Education Freedom Scholarships Could Support Military Families – Education Article

April is “The Month of the Military Child,” and serves as a reminder that military children serve our country alongside their parents and face challenges that most other students don’t think about, let alone experience themselves. Each military child deserves the chance to flourish in an education environment that best leverages their unique learning style and cultivates their talents. Unfortunately, while service members fight and defend our freedoms abroad, military families are too often denied education freedom at home. The…

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The Hechinger Report’s Financial Aid Offer Letter Decoder – Education Article

Congratulations! You’ve been selected to receive financial aid to help cover the costs of college. But what exactly is an ‘FSEOG’ or ‘Unsubsidized Stafford,’ and how much of the money you’ve been promised is actually just a loan? If you find yourself confused by your offer letter, you’re not the only one. Some colleges and universities are moving towards using a standardized letter called the Shopping Sheet that breaks financial aid packages down into grants, loans and work-study allowances. But…

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Three ideas early childhood educators can take from Montessori schools – Education Article

  Parents, policymakers and teachers increasingly realize that funding early childhood initiatives is vital to the nation’s future. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in full-day education programs has risen from 47 percent in 2000 to 54 percent in 2016. The federal investment highlights the importance of providing children with opportunities to excel. This includes activities that emphasize exploration and cooperation as well as developing critical thinking skills. Given the nation’s…

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Creating professional development courses for online teachers – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, on the west side of Indianapolis, has gotten a fair amount of attention for personalizing the professional development it gives to teachers in its virtual high school and blended learning programs. The fact that voluntary professional development can attract 90 percent of…

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School district secession gathers speed in several states – Education Article

Leslie Williams grew up in the North Smithfield community where she currently lives with her children. Students in the community attend Bragg Middle School (pictured here) and Gardendale High School. Photo: Tamika Moore for The Hechinger Report One night in 2017, Leslie Williams saw a post on Facebook about a meeting later that evening at Gardendale City Hall. Gardendale, a predominately white city in Alabama, had put forward a proposal to split from the Jefferson County School District, which enrolls…

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Is there a financial survival startegy for small private colleges? – Education Article

Jared Maymon, a Nichols College junior and a student government vice president, has become convinced that Nichols will survive. He’s “okay to sleep at night, comfortable that I’m going to graduate. And kids after me are going to graduate.” Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report DUDLEY, Mass. — It was in his part-time job as a campus tour guide that Jared Maymon first heard prospective students and their parents asking not just about the food, the dorms or the required…

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Student Loan Forgiveness (and Other Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans) – Education Article

Here’s a question a lot of people may be wondering… Is it really possible to have my federal student loans forgiven or to get help repaying them? The answer is: Yes! However, there are very specific eligibility requirements for each situation in which you can apply for loan forgiveness or receive help with repayment. Loan forgiveness means that you don’t have to pay back some or all of your loan. You never know what you may be eligible for, so take…

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Why do we tolerate verbal abuse in sports of black athletes? – Education Article

Now that the NCAA tournament is over and passions about everyone’s favorite basketball team are not running as high, we need to have a conversation about coaches’ abusive treatment of black athletes. In late March, when Michigan State and Bradley University were in a dead heat during the NCAA basketball semifinals, the actions of coach Tom Izzo on Michigan State’s sideline brought fans to their feet. Freshman sensation Aaron Henry was about to reach the team huddle during a timeout…

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OPINION: ‘Far too few veterans are enrolled in our elite undergraduate institutions’ – Education Article

  As the nation’s elite colleges rightly focus on the diversity of their student bodies — thoughtfully balancing socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and geographic factors to achieve an inclusive learning environment that mirrors our broader society — a group of highly valuable, highly deserving students remains poorly considered. Fewer than two out of every 1,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the Ivy League and peer institutions identify as having served in the U.S. military. There are likely more…

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5 Things to Know When Evaluating a Financial Aid Offer – Education Article

April is National Financial Capability Month and understanding the terms of your financial aid offer and making smart decisions about paying for college can be a good indicator of your financial capability. Many schools use the term “award letter” which can be misleading and make it sound like all the aid that is listed will all be awarded to you. This notification (paper or electronic) is an offer, which means that you are not obligated to take all the aid…

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Does gifted education curriculum help talented students go ahead faster? – Education Article

One of the big justifications for gifted-and-talented education is that high achieving kids need more advanced material so that they’re not bored and actually learn something during the school day. Their academic needs cannot be met in a general education class, advocates say. But a large survey of 2,000 elementary schools in three states found that not much advanced content is actually being taught to gifted students. In other words, smart third graders, those who tend to be a couple…

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DeVos’ support of charter schools spells disaster for Democrat backers – Education Article

When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos put out the department’s 2019 budget, Democrats who support charter schools found themselves in an awkward political situation. DeVos proposed cutting $17.6 million the Department of Education had allocated for the Special Olympics, but she somehow found room in the budget to increase charter school funding by $60 million. DeVos’ proposed cuts signaled that the government doesn’t care about students with disabilities. The funding for the Special Olympics was restored in the administration’s budget after…

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I Used to be a Reporter. Now I’m a Teacher. I’ve Become What I Used to Observe – Education Article

A long time ago, in a newsroom far, far away; your humble narrator was a respected journalist. Today I am a beloved school teacher in a suburban middle school. Okay. That may be laying it on a bit thick. Like any human being whose job it is to get children to do their best and learn something, I’m beloved by some and beloathed by others. And if I’m honest, when I was a reporter, I was never all that respected.…

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With participatory budgeting, NYC students have a say in school budgets – Education Article

Students at Veritas Academy will have a chance to construct a campus greenhouse with $2,000 from the school’s participatory budgeting process. Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report NEW YORK — Katherine Penida-Briceno was on stage in the cavernous auditorium of Veritas Academy, mic in hand, making a final plea to her classmates to vote for the school greenhouse project. Penida-Briceno, a senior with blue-tipped hair who hopes to become a biochemist, was one of two dozen teens at the high school in…

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