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  • We all seek closure in important aspects of our lives—why not algebra? Student learning will benefit if you take a few minutes at the end of each algebra lesson to close the deal. Do students understand the purpose of the lesson? Do they have a sense of how it will lead to the next lesson? ...
  • We all want to give our students their best chance at attending college, and one way to do that is to write letters of recommendation for their college applications. How do you tackle this important task for students with disabilities? This weeks FREE tool is a set of questions to help guide you in the ...
  • What triggered the behavior and, in turn, what did the behavior trigger? If only there was one answer! Figuring out underlying causes and anticipating the occurrence of negative behaviors are both central aspects to classroom management. Thats why this weeks FREE tool is a simple figure to remind teachers that the things that happen before ...
  • For this weeks FREE tool, were reaching out to charter school teachers and administrators with a quick review of FAPE written especially for the charter school community. What is a free appropriate public education and how does it apply to charters? If you work in a traditional public school this review will be useful to ...

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • The Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real report provides information on state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability plans and school improvement efforts. The report, a follow-up to the Learning Policy Institute’s 2017 report Advancing Educational Equity for Underserved Youth, describes which have made advancements in these five indicators: suspension rates, school climate, chronic absenteeism, extended-year graduation rates, and access to a college- and career-ready curriculum. A substantial number of states have begun to incorporate key indicators that can support greater equity in their statewide reporting systems. Some states are using equity indicators to identify schools for comprehensive support and improvement...
  • The global development and poverty reduction agenda must address the socioeconomic inequality of persons with disabilities and ensure their participation in all stages of development programs. Disability-inclusive development is directly responsive to the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. The main objective of the Disability Inclusion and Accountability Framework is to support the mainstreaming of disability in World Bank activities. The framework provides four main principles for guiding the World Bank’s engagement with persons with disabilities: nondiscrimination and equality, accessibility, inclusion and participation, and partnership and collaboration.

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