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June 18, 2014

New Groundbreaking Research on Black Males and Educator Expectations

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Here is an overview of the research on Black Males and Educator Expectations by T.A. Watson:

Abstract
This qualitative research focused on Black males with doctoral degrees (Ph.Ds., Ed. Ds., M.Ds., D.D.Ss., and J.D.) and how positive educator expectations help them succeed as students (kindergarten-college). The purpose of this grounded theory study was to identify and explain the factors that helped Black males with doctoral degrees be successful as students in regards to positive educator expectations. The researcher conducted one-on-one interviews in the study with 15 Black men with doctoral degrees.

The findings indicated four major themes that attributed to helping Black males with doctoral degrees succeed as students when it came to positive educator expectations: caring connections, expressions of confidence, role models, and support for their interests and achievements. Educators who displayed positive expectations for the Doctors ranged from a two-week substitute teacher to a Noble Peace Prize winning college professor. Recommendations are provided for Kindergarten-higher education educators, employers seeking to increase the number of Black males in their organizations (in particular in the STEM professions), and for parents and community organizations and initiatives (such as President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative) serving Black males.

The findings align with the experience of the researcher who grew up with drug-addicted parents who spent much of his life in prison. Two educators helped him succeed as a student through caring connections, expressions of confidence, role models, and support for his interest and achievements.

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June 17, 2014

The Resilience of Champions

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June 3, 2014

Dr. Cathy Hamilton – Educational Conference, July 2014

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SAFE, INVITED, & MASTER TAUGHT

Dr. Cathy Hamilton addresses the need to be holistic in educating today’s student. Cathy balances theory and practice and, with trademark humor, brings hard truths to the table.
Participants will leave with a renewed sense of efficacy…accountability welcomed!

Attached, you will find a flyer for the July 28 conference in New Castle, Indian that you may be interested in attending. For additional information, please see the attached flyer.

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May 31, 2014

Cleveland teachers union protests firings; school board approves contract with Teach for America for 40 teachers

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Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland teachers call firings a trampling of evaluation process

Patrick O’Donnell
May 28, 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland teachers angry over the likely firing of several of their colleagues filled Tuesday’s school board meeting to complain about what they consider unfair evaluations and a twisting of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools.

A few hundred teachers, who interrupted a presentation of plans to extend the district’s $1 billion school construction program, cheered and shouted as a string of speakers said the district was firing some teachers who received strong evaluations.

They also took issue with the district’s plans to spend $400,000 next school year to hire teachers from Teach For America, an alternative teacher training program that gives new college graduates a short crash course in teaching skills before placing them in classrooms.

How many teachers will be fired and how many have felt pressured to leave is unclear. According to the district, officials told 68 teachers on one-year contracts that they would not be rehired for the fall.

Of those, 26 either retired or were offered contracts after informal appeals and another nine won formal appeals and were rehired. Another 16 then retired or resigned after appeals, leaving 17 still facing firing by the school board.

Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke told the board that many of the teachers on the firing list received evaluations of “skilled,” the second-highest rating in the state’s new system.

“I ask you, is it part of the Cleveland Plan to not reappoint teachers with skilled evaluation?” Quolke said, before asking if several other items are part of the plan: firing teachers who were hired mid-year and are still learning the job; firing teachers actively training to improve; firing teachers that take leadership roles at their schools.

District officials offered no immediate response to the protest.

The Plan, which was passed by the state legislature in 2012, eliminated the seniority protections that are part of most teacher contracts and allowed firings based on poor evaluations. But union officials said the agreement calls for the district to help train and develop teachers that need improvement, not just fire them.

Tracy Radich, the union’s first vice president, listed a series of concerns about the evaluation process at Lincoln-West High School, whose teachers could not be at the meeting because of that school’s graduation ceremony.

Radich said a first-year administrator without an administrator’s license refused to give feedback or explain ratings, misused test scores, and told teachers that because she gave too many high scores in her first round of observing teachers in their classrooms, she would be giving lower scores the second time around.

“If this administrator is allowed to trample all over the process, other administrators will continue next year,” Radich said.

A new district contract with Teach for America on the board’s agenda drew the most fire. The district used 19 teachers from the alternative teacher development program this year, and the new contract calls for expanding the program.

Lora Cover, the new chief talent officer that the district recently hired, is a former employee of Teach For America.

The new contract, which passed 6-3 late in the meeting, calls for TFA to provide up to 40 teachers for this upcoming school year. Each would ideally work in the district for two years. The district would pay TFA $5,000 per teacher in recruiting and training fees for each year they teach here, along with paying the teachers standard union pay rates.

Gordon said the 40 teachers would help cover the 250 teaching positions the district expects to have in the fall. Residents raised objections to the vote since the resolution appeared on an agenda for the first time Tuesday and did not follow the normal procedure of being read at one meeting before going for vote at the next.

Teacher Annette Chase told the board that she is bothered that the district is actively recruiting new teachers even as it fires some. She said she would tell any new teacher recruits to be wary at the end of school years about being transferred to another school or replaced by inexperienced Teach For America teachers.

“Please do not replace skilled teachers with teacher wannabes that have only been trained for five weeks,” Chase said. “The excellent people you are seeking are already here. Please don’t let them go.”

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May 11, 2014

Finneytown Local School District Job Posting

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Please see attachment for additional information regarding a Language Arts and Science Teacher (grades 7-12) posting for Finneytown Local School District (Cincinnati, OH).

 

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May 4, 2014

New Guidance for Schools to Address Sexual Violence and Other Forms of Sex Discrimination

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Parents’ Alert Bulletin

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Releases New Guidance for Schools to Address Sexual Violence and Other Forms of Sex Discrimination
On April 29, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance for colleges, universities and public schools to address sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination. The new guidance describes the responsibilities of these educational institutions under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
The guidelines, highlighted by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault’s new report released April 29, provide greater clarity about the responsibilities under Title IX around this critical issue – as requested by institutions and students.
OCR issued groundbreaking guidance on the issue of sexual violence and Title IX in 2011, and the guidance – “Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence” – further clarifies and expands on that work. The guidance can also be found at www.NotAlone.gov.
For more details, you can read the press release posted at https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/guidance-issued-responsibilities-schools-address-sexual-violence-other-forms-sex.

co.lab is Accepting Applications for its Next Cohort of Companies!

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BAEO
Ways You Can Help »
BAEO Friends,
co.lab is accepting applications for its next cohort of companies!

What is co.lab?
co.lab is an accelerator that works with startups leveraging the power of digital games to build transformative educational technologies for PK-12 students and teachers. Our model is built upon a belief in the need for innovation in education, and in games’ potential to enhance learning – by creating virtual sandboxes that encourage experimentation and engagement, offering new opportunities for collaborative interactions, and unlocking new ways to assess cognitive and social growth. Our program is designed to add value to early stage edtech companies while generating knowledge that will help designers, educators, researchers and funders better understand challenges and opportunities related to developing high quality learning games and applications.
co.lab application FAQ
Is this program right for my startup?
Applications for co.lab are open to any startup (for-profit or non-profit) with one or more technology products focused on using the power of games to improve academic and/or social outcomes for PK-12 students. We work primarily with teams developing learning game apps (Content), educational platforms interested in distributing games (Distribution), measurement and evaluation tools (M&E), and/or other educational services that are looking to learn from best practices in commercial gaming to improve distribution, retention and engagement (Gamification).
We work with companies at a variety of stages — anywhere from company formation (pre-seed) all the way to Series B or beyond. (Our first two cohorts are comprised of companies that represent most of these stages of development.) Given our unique access to talent, tools and best practices from the commercial game and edtech industries, we believe we can add value to startups across a company’s life cycle.
Preference will be given to teams with innovative products, ideas or prototypes that demonstrate significant promise for producing transformative effects on teaching, learning, and/or education in general. A strong preference will also be shown for companies with the potential to achieve wide distribution and generate revenue at scale. Companies that participate in co.lab must be incorporated in the United States.
What are the terms for participating?

As part of participating in co.lab, companies receive a stipend between $25,000 and $50,000 as well as the accelerator services and resources described on our program page. In exchange we ask for a nominal equity stake, which generally ranges between 0.5 and 5 percent, depending on stage of growth. The final terms of each offer will be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with each company.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the date listed below. Cohorts run for approximately four months. Selected companies should be prepared to locate a founding and/or product team in San Francisco for the length of the program.
Cohort #3 timeline

Application due: June 30, 2014

Teams notified: No later than August 22, 2014

Cohort 2 kick-off: late September 2014 (exact date TBD)

Cohort 2 ends: late January 2015 (exact date TBD)

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Release of the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success

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PARENTS’ BULLETIN

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The White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics Announces the Release of the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success

The White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics is excited to announce the release of the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success (Guide).
The Guide consolidates and outlines, in a culturally relevant way, information and resources made available to better support Hispanic students in their efforts to enroll and afford a postsecondary education. The Guide, available in English and Spanish, includes recommendations on how to prepare a college application and complete the Federal Aid Form for Student Aid (FAFSAsm), helpful tips on how to choose the right college, and types of financing options, including resources for students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and non-U.S. citizen students.
Access the Guide on this Initiative’s web page.
The guide will also be housed on the U.S. Department of Education’s new online resource page, Educational Resources for New Arrivals & DACA students, designed to help the immigrant community navigate the U.S. educational system.

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May 1, 2014

90 Percent of Parents Approve of Louisiana Scholarship Program

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BAEO
News from Louisiana BAEO

More Than 90 Percent of Parents Approve of Louisiana Scholarship Program

Annual parental choice survey finds majority of parents approve of academic gains and support Louisiana’s school choice program.
New Orleans, LA — The Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (LA BAEO), along with the Louisiana Federation for Children (LFC), today announced the results of the annual Louisiana Scholarship Program Parental Satisfaction Survey at Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School. The survey found that more than 91 percent of parents are satisfied or very satisfied with the educational choice program, and 92 percent recognize that the program benefits their child academically.

“BAEO has been fighting for parental choice in Louisiana for more than six years. We know first hand that families who benefit from the Louisiana Scholarship Program are satisfied with the program and this survey proves that belief,” said Eric Lewis, State Director, Louisiana BAEO. “We believe these results show the need for this program to be protected and expanded so that all children from low-income and working-class families can have access to this educational option.”
“These results show parents are overwhelmingly happy with the Louisiana Scholarship Program, and they reinforce the strong demand for the program as a vital option for students who are trapped in failing and underperforming schools,” said Ann Duplessis, president of the Louisiana Federation for Children. “The near-universal support from parents who recognize the life-changing academic benefits provided to their children serves as a compelling reminder about why educational choice must remain a viable option for our children.”
Agnes Harris, whose grandchild, Corey Celiste, attends Resurrection of Our Lord Elementary School in New Orleans, calls the Louisiana Scholarship Program a miracle for her family.
“It makes me feel good to know he’s taken care of and I don’t have to worry about him. If it were up to me, everyone would get a choice about where their kids go to school,” said Harris.
Survey highlights:

– 91.9 percent of parents are satisfied with the program.

– 91.6 percent of parents are happy with their child’s academic progress.

– 98.7 percent—of parents report their child feels safe.

– 97.6 percent said they and their children feel welcome.
The annual survey, conducted by LFC and BAEO, is one of the most comprehensive parental satisfaction surveys, with more than 1,700 responses.
Despite a U.S. Department of Justice court challenge and families having more school choice options than ever before, the number of families applying for a scholarship during Round 1 of the 2014-2015 scholarship application process increased to more than 12,000.

As a result of the Round 1 lottery, nearly 8,700 students were awarded a scholarship to 134 schools in 32 parishes and 35 districts across the state for the 2014-15 school year.
Enacted in 2008 by a bipartisan group of legislators, the Louisiana Scholarship Program has the strongest and most transparent accountability measures of any program in the nation.
Every child in the program comes from a low-income family, and 89 percent of students in the program are minority students, giving many of Louisiana’s most vulnerable students the opportunity to choose the education that best fits their individual needs.
Louisiana voters widely opposed a ruthless lawsuit filed by the U.S. Dept. of Justice last August which sought to end the program, and a New Orleans federal judge ruled earlier this month that DOJ could not block scholarship awards to families.
The Louisiana Scholarship Program allows students to escape failing or underperforming schools by switching to the participating private school of their choice. Students entering kindergarten for the first time may also participate in the program, provided their family’s income does not exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
To view the 2014 Parental Satisfaction Survey, click here.
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The Wellington School – Job Posting – Science/Math Teacher Middle School

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The posting for a Middle School Science/Math Teacher has been added to The Wellington School website. I have included the link to their employment page below.

https://www.wellington.org/about/employment

For additional information, please contact:

Christine Conkle|Administrative Assistant to Assistant Head for Operations

TheWellingtonSchool
3650 Reed Rd, Columbus, OH 43220 | Voice: 614-324-1654 Fax: 614-442-3286
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