• 2020 WA Legislative Session Weekly Digest – Week 2
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    2020 WA Legislative Session Weekly Digest – Week 2

    Hi, my name is Dave Mastin, I’m the Executive Director of Government Relations for OSPI. This is the second of our legislative weekly updates. We are in week two of the 2020 legislative session. I’m here to give you an update on some of the main items that we’re dealing with- they’re looking at. Of course in the first week of the session there’s a lot of ceremony. We have the governor comes, he gives the State of the State. We have- the judiciary comes, the Supreme Court comes, they talk about the the state of the judiciary. And we also have this year, first time ever, a female Speaker…

  • Teaching about the U.S. Constitution
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    Teaching about the U.S. Constitution

    Tom Vontz: Hello, and welcome to Kansas State University’s courses on the Constitution. My name is Tom Vontz, and I’m associate professor and director of the Center for Social Studies Education here at Kansas State University. We’ve developed a series of six, one-hour courses that focus on teaching and learning about the United States Constitution. My teaching partner is: Robert Leming: Hi I’m Robert Leming. I’m the National Director for the “We the People” program at the Center for Civic Education. Tom Vontz: We, Bob and I, have both done professional development and workshops for thousands of teachers across the United States, and as we have gained experience in providing…

  • Response to Intervention: Safe Spaces for Math and Literacy
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    Response to Intervention: Safe Spaces for Math and Literacy

    >>Teacher: We’re going to do some practice, okay? Did you hear “e” in “feet”? Thumbs up!>>Dawn: Since we’ve implemented our current Response to Intervention structure, we are providing such intensive interventions that students are getting caught up and are not ending up in special education.>>Teacher: Did we hear “e” in “fuss”? No. Good job.>>Dawn: We all believe that kids can be a hundred percent successful if we give them what they need. The Response to Intervention Program is built to have all students meeting those standards.>>Teacher: Is that what everybody got?>>Class: Yeah!>>Teacher: All right.>>Nicole: So Tier 1 at Drew is just your typical instruction, what happens in every classroom, and…

  • Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Target Instruction
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    Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Target Instruction

    >>It’s not an “s”, it sounds like it, what does it sound like?>>”C”?>>There you go.>>Donna Barrier: The way we deliver RTI has everything to do with the end results that we’ve seen for student achievement. Today there is a small discrepancy between our highest achieving students and our lowest achieving students.>>Beth Rickerman: Our overall vision and mission would be for every child to experience success at their level, whatever that level may be.>>Amanda Kuhlman: RTI is “response to intervention”, it’s making sure that every child receives the support that he or she needs at any given time and that might change weekly.>>Mary Krenke: It’s a team atmosphere and over these…

  • What Constitutional Rights Do Students Have?
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    What Constitutional Rights Do Students Have?

    (percussion music) – [Stephen] Here at Education Week, we’ve been digging deep into how to improve K through 12 civics education. But one thing’s really puzzled us. If the U.S. Constitution is the core document guaranteeing American’s rights, what does that mean for students? There have been a lot of U.S. Supreme Court cases that have taken aim at bits and pieces of this question, but it’s still pretty complicated. – I am a Law Professor at the University of Chicago and I’ve written a book called the Schoolhouse Gate. Essentially, it’s about how the Supreme Court has shaped the nation’s public schools by identifying and protecting students’ constitutional rights.…

  • School choice and localism | IN 60 SECONDS
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    School choice and localism | IN 60 SECONDS

    After the 2016 election, some school choice advocates hoped for a huge federal choice initiative. But the last two decades of federal K-12 policy demonstrates why that might not be so wise. Big, bold Washington reforms can misunderstand the important differences between communities; generate bulky, clumsy programs; and as a result, engender resentment among local stakeholders. So choice advocates might thank Uncle Sam for his interest, but ask him to step back. For 25 years, states and locals have led on school choice, and to great effect! Today, three million children attend charters, and another half million are using the various private school choice programs. This has been built on…