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Gates Foundation moves to implement new strategy to support ‘networks for school improvement’

Ed Source – Louis Freedberg

“Following a speech last October in which Bill Gates announced a major shift in the education priorities and strategy of his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is moving to implement its plan to invest the biggest share of its education philanthropy dollars in education networks that come up with their own “locally driven solutions” to improve student achievement.” (more)

Diversity at the front of the classroom could mean more diversity among future scientists

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“Lithium, the element, burns red. The flame for sodium is a strong orange. With potassium, it’s pink. Before he did a flame test in his chemistry class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J., 16-year-old Naysaan Benson thought fire only had two colors – orange and red. The experiment surprised him. “There was green, red, orange, yellow,” Benson said. Now he understands how fireworks get their color.” (more)

Despite progress, California’s Latino students still face multiple educational challenges

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Over the past decade, the number of Latino students in California completing an associate or bachelor’s degree has doubled, and the dropout rate among these students has fallen from 27% in 1994 to 13% in 2015. But Latino 3- and 4-year-olds in the state are still far less likely to attend preschool than young white, black and Asian children, and in school, they are more likely to have a less effective teacher, to attend a school without an arts programs to have less access to courses required for admission to the state’s two university systems.”(more)

Eva Longoria: This Is Why We Need More Latinas In STEM

Refinery 29 – Eva Longoria

“Today is 50/50 Day — a day of conversations about the leadership, economic, political, and social changes needed to achieve a more equal world for girls and women. Given that more than 25% of Latinas live in poverty, I am keenly aware of the financial hardships we face and our underrepresentation in positions of power — from board rooms to the halls of Congress.
Closing the gender divide in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is one of the most effective ways to achieve equality. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there will be 1.1 million computing-related job openings by 2024. More than half of these jobs may go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of qualified college graduates. The job market is changing rapidly, and those in the workforce will need computing, engineering, and physics skills to be ready for the future world of work. Today, however, only 3% of Latina women are represented in STEM fields.”(more)

Reaching 90% Grad Rate Unlikely Without an Acute Focus on Low-Income, Minority Kids, Report Finds

The 71 Million – Mark Keierleber

“As the national high school graduation rate continues to rise — it hit a record 83.2 percent last year — the leaders of a campaign to raise that number to 90 percent by 2020 said Wednesday they fear the country will not meet that goal. Hitting that ambitious target would require a far more intense focus on minority and low-income students, who continue to lag behind. “We’ve got to be real about what the barriers are to success for students,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO of the America’s Promise Alliance.”(more)

Closing the pre-K math education gap for Latino students

District Administration – Steven Wyman-Blackburn

“When beginning kindergarten, Latino students are three months behind in math literacy when compared to their white peers, says a 2017 study conducted by Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization that works to improve the lives children and families. The study, “Making Math Count More for Young Latino Children,” cites poverty in Latino households as a cause, and says these young students will fall farther behind if the problem isn’t addressed in the classroom.”(more)