TWEET OF THE WEEK
FemSTEM had loads of fun today coding Spheros with @SASeducator – training the trainer! Can’t wait to share with lower grade students! #GirlsInSTEM #chccs @CTEWorks @CHHSAOIT pic.twitter.com/aIz4hQJkwf
— Jennifer Walker (@LearnITWalker) November 27, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK
The U.S. Department of Education has approved plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for all states and territories. They have also released guidance for new state leaders who want to amend their state ESSA plans. According to the guidance, states will need to submit an update with redlined language and a cover letter summarizing any changes. New plans will need to be submitted by March 1, 2019 to be considered.
With plans approved, reports are being published with a focus on how equity is being addressed in these state plans including the progress being made towards implementation. Read our blog to learn more about those reports.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Every Student Succeeds Act: What is in it? What does it mean for equity?
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, originally passed in 1965, was reauthorized by Congress in December 2015 and renamed the Every Student Succeeds Act Watch this video to get a brief overview of the meaningful levers that education leaders, parents, members of the business and civil rights communities, and advocates can use to advance education equity.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
Seizing the Moment: A District Guide to Advance Equity Through ESSA
The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program, Chiefs for Change, EducationCounsel, and Education First partnered to create Seizing the Moment: A District Guide to Advance Equity Through ESSA. This package of tools identifies potential barriers to equity and opportunities to utilize federal funds to strengthen local equity priorities. The purpose is to provide ways ESSA can be used to break down silos between traditional federal programs and local initiatives to advance equity in education. This framework provides an accompanying brief for each of the following: equity priorities:
- Leveraging School Improvement to Advance Equity
- Ensuring Equitable Funding
- Increasing Access to Effective Teachers and Leaders
- Supporting English Learners
- Increasing Access to Advanced Coursework
- Addressing Disproportionate Discipline Practices
- Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
- Improving Access to High-Quality Instructional Materials
Learn more about this tool here.
Nicole Howard, Communications Associate