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1. Thursday Hearing: Academic Standards Bill
With a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, Evers released a second video about the legislation that would set up the repeal of the Common Core and allow legislators to craft academic standards.
The legislation would set up the repeal of the Common Core and launch a legislative power-grab over what children learn in school, creating a process for legislators to shape and debate academic standards on the floor of the Senate and Assembly.
All of this material should be shared to help get the word out about the legislation, along with other helpful information, such as:
2. Common Core Testimonials to Share
Teachers of the Year from Wisconsin and beyond talk about how they see the Common Core State Standards helping students, in a new series of DPI videos which educators are encouraged to share this week.
The Senate Education Committee holds a public hearing this Thursday on a bill which would scrap the Common Core and launch a legislative power grab over what kids should learn in school.
The standards are “a tool for teachers to be successful teaching children — and that’s really what we’re there for,” says Jane McMahon, this year’s Wisconsin representative to the National Teacher of the Year program.
“It’s really important to me that we have high quality standards that allow teachers to teach in their own way, a way that is relevant locally,” says the current (2013) National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau, in his interview. Charbonneau recorded the interview while in Wisconsin last week to meet with the Wisconsin Teachers of the Year Council.
Beth Oswald, Wisconsin’s 2008 representative to the national program, lists some examples of standards, like knowing how to calculate a tip in a restaurant, or evaluating online information sources. “If you look at the standards for your child’s grade level, they’re something that anyone could look at and say, ‘Oh, I want my kid to know that.’”
A total of nine videos are expected over coming days.
3. Green Ribbon Nominees
To earn recognition, schools must save energy and water, improve indoor environmental quality, promote students’ and employees’ health and well-being, and offer robust environmental education curricula and programs to boost student academic achievement and community engagement.
“It takes school-wide collaboration by teachers, administration, faculty managers, and students to become a nominee for the Green Ribbon Schools program,” Evers said. “I commend these schools for focusing on ways to make their schools safe, healthy, and effective environments that support student learning.”
The online application required data collection and reporting in nine focus areas: energy, water, transportation, environmental health, school site, recycling and waste management, health and wellness, environmental education, and community involvement.
National winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.
4. School-Age Parent Grants
New grants will help school age parents complete their high school education and improve the lives of their young children.
Wisconsin’s In School Pregnant and Parenting Interventions, Resources, and Education (InSPIRE) project is one of 17 national recipients of Pregnancy Assistance Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health.
The recipients are
Grant activities are designed to prevent young parents from dropping out of school, connect them to higher education, and teach positive parenting and child development.
In Wisconsin, 46 percent of mothers 19 years of age and younger have less than a high school education. Research shows pregnancy and childbearing in adolescent years have significant health, social, and economic impacts on teen parents and their children.
The InSPIRE-funded schools will work in local coalitions, coordinating their efforts with other agencies.
5. Parent Resource for Bullying Prevention from Act Now!
The widely used Act Now! bullying prevention program has created a new, complementary online resource for parents.
Act Now! What Parents Need to Know about Bullying offers parents of students in 4K through high school a series of short video-based lessons in news report format. Parents will learn information on various bullying prevention topics, including evidence-informed strategies to deal with different forms of bullying in the school and community. It also offers tips on raising resilient children equipped to handle bullying situations, whether they are target, perpetrator, or bystander.
Act Now! is a project of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin which includes student curriculum and staff training components. Children’s Hospital has found the two components used together are the most effective. The new parent component is accessible at ParentsActNow.com.
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