Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings…

Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings….

Yes, this is a repost from another blog site, originally from the Department of Education blog site at http://ed.gov/blog.  This particular post caught my eye because it speaks to a more local level of control over appropriate educational programming, based on each state’s specific educational needs.  Through participation in the Common Core of Data (CCD) via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, at http://nces.ed.gov/ccd), the comparison of learned skills continues so that states monitor their students’ educational achievements against those of students in other states, but they do so differently than was originally proscribed by NCLB.  Unlike in NCLB which stressed a single test to measure progress across the nation, a program of how and what is taught and assessed is developed locally, by administrators and officials who know their population best.

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Third Annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit

From my inbox, a summit on bullying in schools:

U.S. Education Secretary to Address Third Annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit

08/02/2012 11:15 AM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Monday – Tuesday, Aug. 6 – 7, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-education-secretary-address-third-annual-federal-partners-bullying-preventi

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Conference on Improving Learning Conditions

From yesterday’s inbox, a conference that might be interesting to follow. The conference, aimed at improving learning conditions, should profit from a discussion of school climate. The main topics to be discussed are:

  • School discipline
  • Gender-based violence
  • Behavioral health
  • Bullying
  • School safety

Unfortunately, the topics seem more related to surface issues rather than root causes. These topics address the What without addressing the overarching theme of Why. Certainly, it’s important to treat the symptoms, but are there reasonable ways to effect change that can address all these topics at once?

The administration of the U.S. Department of Education will be participating in a discussion related school climate. I will be interested to see if climate can change attitude, which leads to increased student performance. Another question I have is, can student attitudes be changed if their teachers’ attitude remain the same? And, how are these related to school climate? I am probably expecting too much to be addressed at this conference, but there are so many questions that need to be answered. Hopefully, some good action research will develop from themes addressed here.

Here is the official “media advisory” on what the administration of the U.S. Department of Education will address (click the title to link to the full announcement).

Assistant Secretary to Discuss How Improving School Climate Can Help Improve Student Performance at Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference

08/02/2012 10:24 AM EDT

Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle will give luncheon remarks at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference. The national two-day conference, “Meeting the Challenge: Building and Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning,” will take place Wednesday – Thursday, Aug. 8–9

URL: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-secretary-discuss-how-improving-school-climate-can-help-improve-stud

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