AP: Teach for America slammed over Oakland strike

Hundreds of Teach for America alumni are slamming the educator placement program for suggesting members should cross the picket line during a potential teacher strike in Oakland, California, or risk losing thousands of dollars at the end of their service.

More than 300 alumni signed the letter delivered Monday to Teach for America’s leadership, asking it to stop “pressuring” young teachers to break a strike that could come next week.

The Associated Press obtained the letter sent to a nonprofit known for placing high-achieving college graduates without formal teaching training into two-year educator jobs in low-income communities.

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Whitmer touts ‘a path for everyone to prosperity’ in GRCC visit – School News Network | A Window into Your Public Schools

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Are Charter Schools Losing their Cachet? Is the Narrative Shifting?

By Jan Resseger

There is a swell of reaction against “corporate school reform.” It can’t be called a tsunami, but the wave is significant enough that people are paying attention. Thanks to a year of strikes by public schoolteachers, for example, people seem suddenly more aware that the expansion of charter schools has left urban school districts with all sorts of collateral damage.

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Love OUR Public Schools: Children & Their Teachers!

By Nancy Bailey

On this one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, I am remembering the students and their parents and teachers, especially those who lost loved ones. MSD represents a great public school. Beyond the sadness of that day, we saw what a good public school can be. We saw loving, supportive parents. […]

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Gov. Whitmer addresses road, education crises in State of the State speech |from mlive.com

LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer brought her campaign promise to “fix the damn roads” to life in her first State of the State address Tuesday, …


How companies are using cell phone data | MSUToday | Michigan State University

Emilee Rader, associate professor of media and information, Michigan State University, wrote this piece for The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to the general public. See the entire list of articles written by MSU faculty for The Conversation.


School of Journalism students honored in College Michigan Press Association contest | Michigan State University

Riley Murdock earned two first-place honors to lead the way as Michigan State University School of Journalism students earned awards in 17 categories in the Michigan Collegiate Press Association’s 2018 College Better Newspaper Contest.

The School of Journalism also received many student honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and several faculty were honored for their work in the school and its programs. Read more in these related stories:


We’ll Have to Reduce Test-and-Punish. Talking about Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough |by janresseger

Silly me! I didn’t realize until a couple of weeks ago that SEL is a thing. SEL is a new term in educational circles: Social Emotional Learning. I heard Linda Darling-Hammond—Stanford University emeritus professor, CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, and chair of an Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development—present the work of the commission, and then I started reading more about Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

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Preschool children exhibit racial and gender biases: Findings from two experiments

Adult and child hands covered in paint

(U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Sandra Marrero)

new study provides evidence of racial and gender bias in preschool children. In two experiments, youngsters responded much less positively to photos of black boys than they did photos of white girls, black girls and white boys.

The paper, published in Developmental Science, claims to present “the earliest evidence of bias at the intersection of race and gender.” The youngsters’ behavior mirrors patterns of bias that earlier studies have found in adults, explained one of the lead authors, Danielle Perszyk of Northwestern University.

Perszyk said white and minority children showed the same biases. She also said the findings suggest kids may be picking up on cues about race and gender from their parents and others at an earlier age than previously thought.




Half of kids with mental health disorders in US don’t get treatment

An estimated 16.5 percent of U.S. children have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or ADHD — about 7.7 million kids — but about half don’t receive the help they need, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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