9-28-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Five Reasons Why New Jersey Will Once Again Fail to Resolve School Testing

We refuse to learn from experience, we want easy solutions, we’re not interested in other points of view, and winning is everything

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/09/27/op-ed-five-reasons-why-nj-will-once-again-fail-to-resolve-school-testing/

Richard C. Ten Eyck | September 28, 2018

 

 

NJ Spotlight--Another Year, Another Attendance Campaign for Newark Schools

Can the district’s new superintendent, Roger León, succeed where his predecessors failed?

As the final days of summer melted away last month and Newark families began stuffing backpacks and straightening uniforms, district officials commenced their own back-to-school tradition: They launched a new attendance campaign.

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | September 28, 2018

 

 

Education Week--Under Good Principals, Low-Performing Teachers Head for the Door

Research has shown that having a strong school leader matters in terms of whether teachers stay in their jobs. But a new study finds that effective principals are not only skilled at keeping high-performing teachers—they also strategically don't retain the low performers. 

"Principals play a large role in setting the culture and climate of the school," said Jason Grissom, an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, and an author of the study. "The role of principals in teachers' work decisions is big." 

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2018/09/effective_principals_keep_good_teachers_not_low_performers.html

Madeline Will on September 27, 2018 9:45 AM

 

 

NPR--Should We Teach About Consent In K-12? Brett Kavanaugh's Home State Says Yes

When the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump, along with sexual assault stories involving Brock Turner and Bill Cosby, hit the news back in 2016, a middle school student in Maryland named Maeve Sanford-Kelly was listening.

"I was frankly really distraught," she recalls. "I felt powerless. I assumed that this was what happened, that sexual harassment and sexual assault was a thing in our society and it wasn't going to change because it was part of the power structure."

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/28/652203139/should-we-teach-about-consent-in-k-12-brett-kavanaughs-home-state-says-yes

Anya Kamenetz| September 28, 20186:00 AM ET