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ESSA in Alabama: Progress Report
August 2, 2016 | Comments
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Since Congress replaced the “No Child Left Behind” Act in 2015 with the bi-partisan-supported “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),” states now face the major task of writing plans to implement the new law.
The new law reduces federal oversight that states often perceived as constraining.
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A+ Board Member, JW Carpenter, Received 2016 Harvard Business School Fellowship
July 12, 2016 | Comments
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(Special from the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, July 12, 2016)Harvard Business School Fellowship AwardedCongratulations, J.W. CarpenterWe are proud to announce the recipient of the 2016 Harvard Business School Fellowship is J.W. Carpenter. J.W. has served as Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) since September 2013. He serves on the boards of A+ Education Partnership, Operation Hope-Alabama, and Youth Entrepreneur Labs.... [continue reading]
Knowledge Matters: Opportunity Ripe to Close Achievement Gap with ESSA
June 10, 2016 | Comments
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Since the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), local schools and districts have the opportunity to dramatically shift the way reading tests are used, and to systematically develop skills, knowledge, and vocabulary throughout the elementary grades. Knowledge Matters: Restoring the Wonder and Excitement to the Classroom, is a national campaign focused on improving students reading comprehension and understanding of broad topics, rather than concentrating on the short-term goals of lit... [continue reading]
Investing in What Works for Alabama Students Will Impact the State’s Economy in a Big Way
June 8, 2016 | Comments
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Recently, three expert economists published an essay projecting the economic impact in the poorest states if more of those states citizen-students graduated from high school fully and confidently prepared for the higher-level work they will face in postsecondary education or in the workforce. College and Career Ready is a phrase used often by policy wonks, but it has powerful meaning for our state.... [continue reading]
New Study Shows Most Teachers and Principals Have Embraced Common Core State Standards
March 28, 2016 | Comments
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A majority of teachers and principals are on fire for the Common Core State Standards, according to a recent study by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.The report released in February Teaching Higher: Educators Perspectives on Common Core Implementation shows that 69% of principals and 73% of teachers believe that CCSS will improve student learning.... [continue reading]
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