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How we failed Nigel Shelby and allowed the abuse he endured

Black Youth Project - April 25, 2019 1574

This essay contains discussion of suicide and suicidal ideation. by Maximillian Matthews There was Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, RuPaul, James Earl Hardy, E. Lynn Harris, Essex Hemphill, Bayard Rustin, and of course, James Baldwin. I did not know about any of them when I needed them most. I […]


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Inside Maine’s disastrous rollout of proficiency-based learning

Hechinger Report - April 19, 2019 1239

This past fall, Ragan Toppan, 16, walked out of her Algebra II class at Deering High School to protest her school’s recent switch to standards-based grading. Toppan, a junior at the high school, was angry that the administration hadn’t sought student input about the change, and worried that a switch to a 1-4 grading system, […]


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LeBron James’ I Promise School Story Underscores Importance of Assessment to Close Educational Opportunity Gaps

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 18, 2019 1202

The New York Times featured a story on the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio and supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation, which highlighted encouraging initial... Continue Reading


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Proof Points: An argument for working more in college

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - June 21, 2019 1115

Campaign URL New earnings data challenges conventional wisdom This is a weekly newsletter. .  A newsletter from The Hechinger Report New earnings data challenges conventional wisdom A new study from a Rutgers research center challenges conventional wisdom that working in college is an unwelcome distraction from studies.   The study, Assessing the Impact of Student Work During College, was written by Daniel Douglas and Paul Attewell (2019). It is a draft, working paper of the Education and Employment Research Center at Rutgers University, but it was publicly presented in Toronto in May 2019 as the annual meeting of the American Economic Research Association.