Racial Profiling in Preschool and MUCH more in this week’s news roundup!

Racial Profiling in Preschool
(New York Times)
That black adolescents receive harsher disciplinary punishments at school than their white peers for the same offenses is troubling enough. But federal data showing that even at the preschool level black students are nearly four times as likely to be suspended as their white peers is especially shocking.

The High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High — Again

The high school graduation rate in the U.S. reached an all-time high of 83 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, President Obama announced today, marking the fifth straight record-setting year.

Teacher Training As ‘Part Theater, Part Sport’
A now famous 2006 report found that 62 percent of new teachers said they didn’t feel prepared for the reality of today’s classrooms. Its author, Arthur Levine, was then president of Teachers College, Columbia University and became a member of Relay’s board. Focusing on that real-world preparation is what Relay’s leaders say is fueling its growing popularity.

E Is For Empathy: Sesame Workshop Takes A Crack At Kindness

A new survey from Sesame Workshop found that parents and teachers worry a lot about kindness — what it looks like, how to cultivate it and why there isn’t enough of it in the world.

Texas May Be Denying Tens Of Thousands Of Children Special Education

Texas school officials have until early November to explain why they placed a limit on the percentage of children enrolled in special education, as a Houston Chronicle investigation revealed.

Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning
Find resources to help you implement project-based learning, social and emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, teacher development, integrated studies, and technology integration.

Assessment: We Cannot Improve at Scale What We Cannot Measure
Assessment needs to directly connect with the goals of a school or district — this is not the case with the current standardized testing system.

Research-Backed Approaches to Preventing Bullying

Programs, tips, and strategies for reducing bullying using SEL techniques.

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces

A neuroscientist explains how factors such as light and seating arrangements can affect students’ cognitive performance.

Want to improve your teaching? These cognitive psychologists are here to help
Cognitive psychologists are experts at finding out which learning strategies are the most effective. Now they want to hear your questions about how students learn.

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally
(Mind Shift)
Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies.

Nation’s high school graduation rate reaches new record high
(Washington Post)
The nation’s high school graduation rose again in the 2014-2015 school year, reaching a new record high as more than 83 percent of students earned a diploma on time, according to federal data released Monday.

The United States’ growing teaching shortage: How it looks state by state
(Washington Post)

A data-rich map that details the growing problem across the country.

White House to welcome new ‘Kid Science Advisors’ on Friday
(Washington Post)

A nine-year-old Baltimore boy who creates toys with a 3-D printer suggested to President Obama that he create a kid advisory group. He did.

Race influences teachers’ referrals to special and gifted education, finds study
(Science Daily)

Teacher referrals for special and gifted education testing are subjective and may be swayed by a student’s race, finds research.

Navigating Your Next Steps
(Inside Higher Ed)

Preparing for life after the dissertation defense.

Group releases draft quality standards for competency-based education
(Inside Higher Ed)

A group of colleges that offer competency-based education programs this week released a draft set of voluntary quality standards for the emerging form of higher education.

Why Don’t Teachers Get Training On Mental Health Disorders?
(Mind Shift)

Teaching may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world, with expectations and demands coming from all sides. Teachers juggle content standards, the social and emotional needs of students, behavior, and often trauma, but they also are the first line of defense when students have mental health problems.

What You Need to Know About the Overtime Rule and Higher Ed
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

A change in federal labor law that takes effect in December 2016 has colleges and universities scrambling to sort out which salaried employees will be due extra pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week. Here’s a look at how colleges are coping.

Standards-Based Learning: Why Do Educators Make It So Complex?
(Ed Week – Subscription Needed)

Educators have the odd habit of taking simple ideas and making them inexplicably complex. Granted, there are always subtleties and nuances in education related to the varied contexts in which teaching and learning occur. But adding complexity to simple ideas often yields more confusion than clarity.

Studies Flag Potential Downside to Inclusion
(Ed Week – Subscription Needed)

One of the foundations of federal special education law is that students with disabilities should be educated “to the maximum extent appropriate” with their peers who do not have disabilities. But some researchers have recently found that young children without disabilities are negatively affected when they’re educated in the same classrooms as students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

K-12 Gets Scant Attention in Final Debate: What Education Issues Got Ignored?
(Ed Week – Subscription Needed)
On Wednesday night—for the third and final time in 2016—a presidential debate featuring Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump was virtually devoid of substantive K-12 talk.

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to the APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time Amanda loves pyrography, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.