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As California Bilingual Education Grows, Teacher Training Is Key

KQED News – Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

“More often than not, many educators say, bilingual education teachers’ grasp of academic language in their second language trails that of their academic language in English. Experts in bilingual education say improving those skills will be essential as school districts open new programs after California voters lifted restrictions on dual-language programs last year. “Principals tell us, we know that the content is important, what they need to teach, but send us teachers [who] speak Spanish well,” said Lilia Sarmiento, a professor of education at Cal State Dominguez Hills. L.A. Unified is leading the pack of school districts in the state opening new bilingual education programs. It’s opening 16 programs this coming academic year, bringing the total to 101 bilingual programs.”(more)

Seeking stronger pipelines, higher ed is getting more hands-on in K-12

Education Dive – Pat Donachie

“Some college leaders and administrators maintain that it is essential, for a variety of reasons, to establish and support partnerships with the neighborhoods surrounding a school, and partnering with local school districts is one substantial path to doing so. In a March panel discussion at SXSWedu, Rutgers University-Camden Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement Nyeema Watson spoke about how the school had previously been known for having a poor or non-existent relationship with the surrounding community. Over time, and with her urging, it has taken on initiatives and programs that have helped establish a strong relationship with the city while making postsecondary learning a tangible option for local students.”(more)

In California push to help students with dyslexia, LA schools take a first step

Ed Source – Jane Meredith Adams

“The Los Angeles Unified school board jumped ahead of a new state law last week and instructed the school district to immediately create a plan to train teachers on the leading learning disability in California:, a reading impairment known as dyslexia. The demand by the board of the second-largest school district in the U.S. was hailed by parent advocates as a signal that districts across the state, and potentially the nation, might finally provide interventions that help students with dyslexia learn to read. Effective interventions are available, but most school districts nationwide do not provide them widely, citing the cost of training, according to advocates for students with disabilities.”(more)

Exclusive: How Safe Is My Child at School? New Interactive Maps Allow NYC & LA Parents to Compare Classrooms

The 74 Million – Max Eden

“What do parents actually know about what happens at their children’s school? As states rethink school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act, most of the policy discussion revolves around how bureaucrats should calculate ratings that parents rarely see, based on standardized test scores that parents barely credit. The real inner workings of schools, from teacher morale to academic culture to student safety, remain largely a black box for parents. Few schools rate these important factors, and fewer still report them.”(more)

How This Teacher Disrupted Education With The Mathnasium Model Of Teaching

Forbes – Larry Myler

“We expect certain professionals to go above and beyond just showing up for work. Educators are good examples of this. They are the backbone of our society and we rely on them to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs. Mathnasium is an unintended result of going above and beyond, and it provides some clues about how to strongly start any business. Ranked #3 on Forbes list of Best and Worst Franchises to Buy in 2016 for investment under $150,000, the Mathnasium franchise model has enjoyed success since it launched in 2002. It currently has more than 700 locations with an average of two new openings each week. What started as a need to help students in the inner city of Los Angeles has become one of the fastest growing franchises in the United States.”(more)

A state fitness test suggests L.A. students have some more exercising to do

The Los Angeles Times – Joy Resmovits

“L.A. Unified students at two of three tested grade levels performed a tad less well on the California Physical Fitness test last year than they did the year before. And overall, fewer than one-third of the tested students passed each fitness area assessed. Just under one-fifth — 19.1% — of Los Angeles Unified fifth-graders performed in “the Healthy Fitness Zone” in all six areas tested: aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper body strength and flexibility. Last year, 20.1% of fifth-graders passed the six subjects. Seventh-graders did a little better (22.3%) and ninth-graders a little better still (26.8%), though they were down from 28.3% last year.”(more)