Puerto Rico, The Forgotten School System
As Puerto Rico's Schools Continue Recovery, Controversy Ramps Up
Lemonade Stands: Teaching Entrepreneurship a Cup at a Time
'A Symbol of Emotional Healing' for School Shooting Survivors
'He's Going to Be Remembered as a Hero': Memorial to Educators Who've Died on the Job
Giving Students a Voice in Their Education
Social-Emotional Learning: Goal-Setting and Relationships Are Part of District's Academic Core
Puerto Rico's Students and Educators Grapple With Trauma
Recovery and Controversy: A Status Report on Puerto Rico's Schools
Tensions Rise as Puerto Rico's Schools Face New Reality
After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's Schools Aid Recovery, Resolve to Build a Better Future
Life Inside the Projects
Helping Immigrant Students Adjust to New Schools, New Lives
Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep
Transitional Housing Corporation: Lacie's Story on Family Homelessness
Higher Achievement: Alfonso's Story
A School Shooting Survivor Opposes Guns in Schools
Proclaim Justice PSA: Jason Baldwin and Natalie Maines
Bird Callers Of Eastern Shore
2017 REEL - Education Week Year in Review
Growing Up in Violence: Youths in Chicago
Career and Technical Education That Helps Students Succeed - Meet a 2017 Leader to Learn From
Scott LoBaido - Flag Painter
Voices of History: John A. Stokes
This Superintendent Turns to Students for Advice
Consequences of Corporal Punishment: School Paddling Victim Tells His Story
Alabama Teacher Nurtures Native American Students
A Long Road Back to the 'Rez'
Housing Up: Joy Shepperson's Story
'It's Never a Pretty Situation': A Student's Controversial Arrest, Analyzed
In This School District, Health and Wellness Start With Teachers
Puerto Rico, The Forgotten School SystemIn the year since Hurricane Maria, Education Week has been following the story of Puerto Rico’s devastation and the island’s slow rebuilding as seen through the eyes of educators and students. The school system was until recently the third-largest in the U.S. and just this year closed more than 250 schools. But that’s only part of the story. To understand the current context, it’s important to understand Puerto Rico’s history. Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza visited some of the hardest-hit schools and shares what she learned.
As Puerto Rico's Schools Continue Recovery, Controversy Ramps UpNearly a year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s schools still basic repairs as the 2018-19 school year gets underway . But a policy overhaul championed by Secretary of Education Julia Keleher, focused on school choice and new labor and academic policies, is sharply dividing opinion. (August 22, 2018)
Lemonade Stands: Teaching Entrepreneurship a Cup at a TimeLemonade stands are not just an idle childhood pastime in Indianapolis. With guidance from local clubs and a national nonprofit, some young entrepreneurs have spent weeks learning the business skills needed to calculate costs and profits, promote their products, and find just the right location. (July 24, 2018)
'A Symbol of Emotional Healing' for School Shooting SurvivorsNational Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan., where there is also a national memorial to honor educators who have died on the job. The dream catcher was made by Debra Gutowski, a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, to help survivors of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. heal. It was never supposed to travel. (July 17, 2018)
'He's Going to Be Remembered as a Hero': Memorial to Educators Who've Died on the JobA national memorial at Emporia State University in Kansas honors teachers and other educators who have died on the job. Ten educators—including the five who were killed in mass school shootings in Parkland, Fla., and Santa Fe, Texas—died while working in the 2017-18 school year. Of the 119 names on the memorial, 89 of the deaths were from violence—shootings, stabbings, or blunt-force trauma, according to the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
Giving Students a Voice in Their EducationElevating the role of students to shape the policies and practices that impact their schooling experience is a central part of the social-emotional learning strategies used in the Washoe County, Nev., school district.
Social-Emotional Learning: Goal-Setting and Relationships Are Part of District's Academic CoreThe Washoe County school district in Reno, Nev., has been way ahead of most other districts in its approach to social-emotional learning, especially in measuring students' SEL skills, which are part of the district’s accountability system. Education Week, which first reported on Washoe’s SEL work in 2016, checked back in with the district this school year to learn how its work on social-emotional learning has been progressing. We visited high school classes that are pointedly about developing SEL skills such as coping with stress and the power of thought. Stephan Molder, an SEL teacher in Reno's Hug High School, says successful social-emotional learning starts with the adults in schools. He boils it down to this: "...It's all about building relationships with students. I never wreck the relationship, no matter what. I always try to save the relationship first.”
YouTubeTalent is everywhere, but opportunity is not.By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed.This video illustrates the power of community by following the Pettus family in Washington, DC. It was shared during the 3rd annual Window of Opportunity breakfast on May 10, 2018.
Puerto Rico's Students and Educators Grapple With TraumaThe long-term impacts of Hurricane Maria on the mental health of Puerto Rico’s children and teachers could have big repercussions on the island’s future. The Puerto Rico Department of Education is formally assessing the emotional and psychological state of its roughly 320,000 public school students. Officials worry that if they and their educators don’t get the support they need, the consequences could be severe.
Recovery and Controversy: A Status Report on Puerto Rico's SchoolsNearly all of Puerto Rico’s schools have reopened since Hurricane Maria last fall. But many of them are struggling to operate with intermittent power and water, and some schools remain without electricity. Teachers and educators are feeling the strain in the classroom and beyond. And big, man-made changes could be in store: The island’s governor wants to close about 300 schools and introduce new educational options, which has stirred up controversy.
Tensions Rise as Puerto Rico's Schools Face New RealityPuerto Rico's public schools were already facing major struggles before Hurricane Maria further destabilized them. The island's leaders are now seeking to close over a quarter of the schools and introduce schools similar to charters, among other major changes. They say these are necessary to provide students with a better education. But others are alarmed at these proposals, saying that existing public schools and teachers should be supported, not supplanted.
After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's Schools Aid Recovery, Resolve to Build a Better FutureAn Education Week video documentary of the role of Puerto Rico’s schools after Hurricane Maria. Education Week reporter Andrew Ujifusa and videographer Swikar Patel traveled to Puerto Rico to find out the state of the island’s schools, how they are helping recovery efforts, and what comes next for the U.S. territory’s students, teachers, and others involved in the struggling educational system.
Life Inside the ProjectsA single mother of four describes what it's like to raise a family in Potomac Gardens, a massive 1960s-era public housing project in Washington.
Helping Immigrant Students Adjust to New Schools, New LivesA growing community of Somali immigrant families in St. Cloud, Minn., has presented multiple challenges for local educators who have been grappling with not only how to meet the students' linguistic and educational needs, but also how to create a learning environment where they feel safe and welcome. Confronting anti-Muslim sentiment both inside the district and outside in the broader community has been especially vexing. Most of the Somali community in St. Cloud is Muslim.
Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College PrepThe students at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School are “kings.” All freshmen. All young men of color. All determined to change the dominant narrative about young black men in Washington: too many read below grade-level and won’t graduate high school. This new public school in Washington D.C. opened its doors in August 2016 and is radically different. Not just because it is a public school for boys, but because it's designed specifically to meet the needs of D.C.’s young men of color. The school’s principal and the majority of its teachers are black men. They begin each morning in a school-wide circle, navigating conversations that include neighborhood violence and police shootings, protest and poverty. Many schools do one or two of these things, but few do them all – and with the conviction of Ron Brown’s staff. For the past year, through a partnership between Education Week and NPR, we visited Ron Brown weekly -- and some weeks, daily -- to witness the birth of this new school and to see how its staff tackles some of the toughest challenges in education today. We spent hundreds of hours there, from the earliest days to the last bell.
Transitional Housing Corporation: Lacie's Story on Family HomelessnessCreated for THC, now Housing Up as part of their donor initiative to highlight the importance of solving family homelessness in DC.
Higher Achievement: Alfonso's StoryOne of a series of videos produced to highlight the importance of Higher Achievement, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between middle and high school.
A School Shooting Survivor Opposes Guns in SchoolsRetired Montana Principal John Moffatt says arming teachers and school staff is not the right way to respond to the threat of school shootings. His opinion is informed by his own experience as the survivor of a 1986 school shooting at Fergus High School in Lewistown, Mont., where a student gunman shot Moffatt in the abdomen after shooting and killing a substitute teacher. Teachers around the country have organized to oppose similar bills, which lawmakers introduce perennially to address public concerns about school safety. Supporters of such bills say they give willing educators another option to protect their students. Read more at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/201...
Proclaim Justice PSA: Jason Baldwin and Natalie MainesA PSA created for Proclaim Justice with co-founder Jason Baldwin and board member, Natalie Maines. For the record, the number 50,000 innocent people is on the very conservative end. A version of this will air at all the Dixie Chicks shows on their MMXVI tour!
Bird Callers Of Eastern ShoreVideo filmed and produced for GRAIN Images and published on Audubon.
2017 REEL - Education Week Year in Review Education Week's video journalists take you inside classrooms and into America's school communities to tell powerful stories of students' challenges and triumphs and the educators who work to help put them on path to learning and success in life.
Growing Up in Violence: Youths in ChicagoStudents living in urban centers can struggle to make sense of the difficult, and sometimes dangerous, circumstances around them. In 2001, Youth Guidance, a Chicago-based advocacy organization launched Becoming a Man, or BAM, to support young men of color navigating difficult life circumstances. A decade later, Youth Guidance founded Working on Womanhood, or WOW, to serve young women of color facing similar challenges. Originally founded in 1924 as the Church Mission of Help to provide programs of assistance for youths in need, today Youth Guidance serves more than 8,500 students annually. Education Week Video recently sat down with students from both programs to get a sense of how they feel about their lives now and their futures.
Career and Technical Education That Helps Students Succeed - Meet a 2017 Leader to Learn FromClyde McBride, the director of career and technical education in the Kayenta Unified School District in Kayenta, Ariz., has built a powerhouse pre-veterinary-sciences program that gives Navajo students hands-on experience that propels them to college and prepares them for jobs. Students gain deep knowledge and meaningful opportunities to support their community where many Navajo families depend on livestock as their livelihood. "I don’t want to train kids to leave the reservation," McBride says. "I want to prepare them for careers they can bring back home." This video was produced as part of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From project, recognizing outstanding school district leaders from around the country.
Scott LoBaido - Flag PainterProfile for The American Legion on Scott LoBaido as he paints flags on the sides of legion posts all across the United States.
Voices of History: John A. StokesIn 1951, John A. Stokes led a student protest against the poor conditions in his segregated high school in Prince Edward County, Va., and later became a plaintiff in a case that was decided as part of Brown v. Board.
This Superintendent Turns to Students for AdviceWhen he needs to make big decisions for the 11,000-student Cherry Hill, N.J., school district, Superintendent Joseph Meloche turns to a familiar sounding board: the students themselves. In the two years since he took over the district, Meloche has held multiple town halls with middle and high school students, whose feedback helps bring problems to the surface that school leaders don’t see on their own. The students have helped pinpoint solutions, too. “I believe we need to make sure [students’] voices, their opinions, their thoughts are shared and that we actually listen to them,” he says.
Consequences of Corporal Punishment: School Paddling Victim Tells His StoryNineteen-year-old Trey Clayton of Sarah, Miss., was just one of the tens of thousands of students paddled in schools in a given year. But, in his case, the consequences were especially harsh. His 2011 paddling led to serious injuries that caused him to miss weeks of school and important tests toward the end of his 8th grade year. He was held back that year and, ultimately, he dropped out of school. Education Week Video talked with Trey about his experience and his feelings now about corporal punishment in schools.
Alabama Teacher Nurtures Native American Students Nicole Williams came back home to Calcedeaver Elementary School in rural Alabama to teach Native American culture, language, dance, and history in a community with a large Choctaw Indian population, mentoring many students through high school.
A Long Road Back to the 'Rez'A starkly beautiful place, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation where education for most remains a yet-to-be fulfilled promise for moving families out of profound poverty.
Housing Up: Joy Shepperson's StoryDonor initiative to highlight the importance of solving family homelessness in DC.
'It's Never a Pretty Situation': A Student's Controversial Arrest, AnalyzedA confrontation captured in a cellphone video shows the arrest of a St. Paul, Minn., student by a school police officer. The student, who had previously attended the high school and claimed he was visiting a teacher, was pepper-sprayed, then arrested for trespassing. The video of the incident went viral, and in response, dozens of students from the high school walked out in protest. Mo Canady, the executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, analyzes, from his perspective, how the situation was handled.
In This School District, Health and Wellness Start With TeachersThe North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh has long focused on the health and wellness of its students. But district leaders noticed some alarming trends in the health of its staff. The revelation set off an initiative to support educators in adopting healthy lifestyles, including a challenge to participate on relay teams in a local marathon. This year dozens of educators put on their running shoes and began training for the event, and saw a range of benefits as a result.
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