June 3, 2016

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Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness?

A new report by the Learning Policy Institute reviewed 30 studies published within the last 15 years, finding that as teachers gain experience throughout their careers, their students’ achievement gains increase. The report also raises equity concerns, since inexperienced teachers tend to be highly concentrated in underserved schools serving high-need students.
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Pennsylvania adopts new education funding formula

Advocacy groups praised the adoption of the formula but say it will only help districts if the state pumps more money into education. “We feel it's a big step and an important step,” said Charlie Lyons, spokesman for the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. “But we do believe that the formula's only going to be effective if you have sufficient dollars running through it.”
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Native Voices Rising: Critical Leadership in Institutional Philanthropy

by Edgar Villanueva

Earlier this year, I received news that Valorie Johnson, a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was planning to retire. As one of the few Native Americans working at a foundation, I celebrated her many accomplishments in the philanthropic sector. But I also grieved the impending loss of one the few Native influencers in philanthropy. Read more >

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NYTimes: If we want to get more kids in universities, we should invest in preschools

A wave of recent research in neuroscience explains why early childhood is so critical: That’s when the brain is developing most quickly. Children growing up in poverty face high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which changes the architecture of the brain, compromising areas like the amygdala and hippocampus.
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Suspensions Have a Multi-Billion-Dollar Cost Nationwide, Study Says

A new analysis by Russell Rumberger Daniel Losen finds that just a one percentage point drop in the 16% in-school and out-of-school sophomore suspension rate could lead to a fiscal benefit of $691 million, because of improvements in areas like earnings and taxes for affected students.
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Webinar: Well Rounded Education: Learning in Community Schools

Thursday, June 16, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 PM, EST

Learning is a fundamental component of high quality community schools. In this webinar, participants will hear how community school initiatives in Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, and Oakland are supporting better learning.
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California’s Glaring Shortage Of School Nurses

Fifty-seven percent of California’s public school districts, with 1.2 million students, do not employ nurses, according to research from Sacramento State University’s School of Nursing.
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