The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is hosting a free webinar on how teachers can use the WWC Practice Guides to support their practice and answer questions. The webinar will also cover the structure and content of Practice Guides, an explanation of how to locate and select the most relevant Practice Guides and recommendations for sharing information from the Practice Guides with colleagues.
The Utah State Board of Education has adopted new health education standards for grades K-12. The updated standards now includes students in grades kindergarten through second grade. The new health education standards cover mental health and emotional health, substance abuse prevention, safety and disease prevention, nutrition, human development and health foundation, and protective factors of healthy self. The previous health education standards were last adopted in 1997.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the release of the Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources. This guide, produced jointly by the Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, provides best practices and includes resources school leaders and teachers can utilize as they work to achieve a positive school climate, lower disciplinary issues and enhance school safety. A Q&A document, which is also posted on the Department of Education's website, provides parents and educators with useful decision-making frameworks and implementation tools, as well as best practices that school leaders can consider as they work to foster positive and inclusive learning environments.
Montana Office of Public Instruction is leaving up to the local school districts to define the term "ineffective teacher" (as required by ESSA) based on local evaluations. The state does not collect data on local teacher evaluations, instead, local schools are required by Montana law to develop and administer regular evaluations of their educator's effectiveness in supporting students' learning goals. Montana however, included the definition of "out-of-field" and "inexperienced" in the draft proposed ineffective teacher proposal.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has denied Arizona’s request for a waiver to that law to allow the state to implement its “menu of assessments." ED will withhold upwards of $300 million of Arizona’s school funding if Arizona continues to allow schools to choose their own standardized tests for students.