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7-25-17 Education in the News

Associated Press (via Education Week)-- R.I. Schools Can Now Make Up Snow Days with At-Home Lessons

Providence, R.I.

School districts in Rhode Island can now make up lost time on snow days by assigning students school work at home.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the bill into law on Thursday. The Providence Journal reports that the bill requires the state Department of Education to create a policy by Dec. 1 that would allow district to submit plans to provide students with at-home lesson plans.


The Associated Press| July 24, 2017


Education Week--The Next Generation Science Standards' Next Big Challenge: Finding Curricula

As states wrestle with putting the Next Generation Science Standards into action, one question I'm hearing more and more: What to do about curriculum? 

It's also a question that's been on the mind of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which provided major support to the groups that developed the framework and standards that evolved into the NGSS. Earlier this year, it convened a group of curriculum experts, many of whom worked on curricula development for groups like the National Science Foundation. This week they're putting out a summary report on what they found.

In the meantime, I spoke with Jim Short, a program director at Carnegie, about what he (and the conveners) concluded some of the major challenges are in developing strong curricula aligned to the standards. They fall into several different buckets. 

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia, along with dozens of individual school districts, have adopted the standards, which put a heavy emphasis on engineering and having students apply their scientific knowledge, among other things. (If you're just new to the NGSS, get up to speed with my colleague Liana Loewus' great explainer on the topic.)

Now, let's look at some of the challenges.


By Stephen Sawchuk on July 24, 2017 11:42 AM

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