Weekly Update-March 9


Follow the NASSP 2012 Conference from Home!

The 2012 NASSP Annual Conference begins today, and even if you can’t be on-site for the live event, you can still follow all of the action on NASSP’s website.

Visit www.nassp.org/Conference2012 to watch daily wrap-up videos and interviews with attendees and presenters.

View real-time tweets from participants on the ground in Tampa, and join the conversation by sending your own tweets with the special conference hashtag #nassp2012.

Check out the photo gallery smugmug from the NASSP Conference in Tampa provided by Lifetouch.

Read daily conference highlights from the all-new Leading Schools Blog, www.LeadingSchoolsBlog.org, discussing such session topics as the Common Core State Standards, education technology, urban schools, and much more.


Education and the Workforce Committee Changes: The following members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee will not be on the Committee in the next Congress:

  • Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) – retiring
  • Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) – deceased
  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) – retiring
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) – defeated in primary
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) – running for Senate
  • Rep/ Todd Platts (R-PA) – retiring


Go here to see Secretary Duncan’s statement about the passing of Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ).



FY 12 SEED Grants Announced: This week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan “announced the award of nearly $24.6 million for three grants to improve student achievement by increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals. Funded under the Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) program, projects are awarded to the National Writing Project, New Teacher Center, and Teach for America.”  See: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-awards-246-million-grants-support-teacher-and-principal-dev.



New Data from U.S. Department of Education Highlights Educational Inequities Around Teacher Experience, Discipline and High School Rigor

From a U.S. Department of Education press release: “Minority students across America face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous high school curricula, and are more often taught by lower-paid and less experienced teachers, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

In an event at Howard University attended by civil rights and education reform groups, federal education officials today released new data from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools serving 85% of the nation’s students.  The self-reported data, Part II of the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), covers a range of issues including college and career readiness, discipline, school finance, and student retention.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the CRDC findings are a wake-up call to educators at every level and issued a broad challenge to work together to address educational inequities.

“The power of the data is not only in the numbers themselves, but in the impact it can have when married with the courage and the will to change.  The undeniable truth is that the everyday educational experience for many students of color violates the principle of equity at the heart of the American promise.  It is our collective duty to change that,” Duncan said.

Among the key findings are:

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