ESSA Co-Pilot: Implementing Your State's Plan
AIR’s ESSA Co-Pilot provides information on key topics to help you implement your state's plan.
December 10, 2018 - ESEA Dear Colleague Letter on State Plan Amendments. The U.S. Department of Education has provided the process for submitting amendments to approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. Requests related to accountability amendments for the 2019-2020 school year must be received by March 1, 2019 to ensure time for statutory and regulatory approval.
December 06, 2018 - ESSA and Digital Learning: Closing the Digital Accessibility Gap. Rapidly evolving technology has provided new ways for all students, including those with disabilities to learn and for educators, students, and their families to interact. At the same time, The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides an impetus for educators to reshape their technology initiatives to account for the intersection of accessibility, educational technology, and assistive technology. How should educators approach this opportunity—and ensure that all learners, including those with disabilities and limited English proficiency, can access digital learning? What is important for educators to consider when purchasing new technology?
December 05, 2018 - Review of Evidence: Arts Education Research Through the Lens of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act includes a wide variety of ways for educators to support student success—including programs and funding streams that can be used to support arts education. In partnership with, and funded by, the Wallace Foundation, AIR undertook a research review, examining hundreds of reports to identify arts education interventions that meet the ESSA evidence-based standards. This report provides an overview of ESSA evidence standards and a range of arts education interventions.
December 03, 2018 - Making It: Latino Students’ Pathways to College. This is a documentary that highlights the predominantly Latino Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Detroit and the College Assistance Migrant Program at Michigan State University. This important work reveals best practices for educating Latino students and preparing students for college. Available free of charge on YouTube.com.
December 03, 2018, Recorded Webinar - IDEA Part B Subgrant Complexities and Compliance: Addressing Calculation Challenges. This session, from the IDEA Fiscal Forum 2018, is now available online or for download.
November 28, 2018, Book - Creating Safe, Equitable, Engaging Schools. By taking a continuous improvement approach, Creating Safe, Equitable, Engaging Schools integrates the collective wisdom of over 30 AIR experts, as well as research and field leaders and helps school leaders make sense of the various evidence-based resources and frameworks designed to support the whole child. Addressing critical topics like restorative practices, cultural responsiveness, social and emotional learning, and family engagement, this volume offers insights on how leaders can leverage school-based teams to assess student needs and select appropriate interventions.
November 27, 2018 - REL MIDWEST Ask A REL Response. What research exists on the relationship between social and emotional learning and educational outcomes among K–12 low-income students and students of color? Following an established REL Midwest protocol, a search was conducted for journal articles and research reports on the relationship between social and emotional learning and educational outcomes among K–12 low-income students and students of color. Citations, full text links where possible and an abstract, excerpt, or summary written by the study’s author or publisher is provided for a sampling of publicly available references. Additional organizations to consult are also listed.
November 27, 2018 - REL MIDWEST Ask A REL Response. What research and resources are available about practices to strengthen family and community engagement or activism within preK–12 education, in particular among culturally diverse groups? A search was conducted for journal articles and research reports, descriptive studies, and resources on practices to strengthen family and community engagement or activism within grades preK–12. The REL concentrated on identifying resources focused on culturally diverse groups. Citations, full text links where possible and an abstract, excerpt, or summary written by the study’s author or publisher is provided for a sampling of openly available references. An additional organization to consult is also listed.
November 26, 2018 - Learning with Others: A Study Exploring the Relationship Between Collaboration, Personalization, and Equity - Final Report. Emerging trends suggest that personalization is often equated with individual learning. This approach to personalization often relies heavily on the use of technology to enable students to learn independently and progress at their own pace. To truly personalize, we must recognize that students vary in their needs for social support and exchange. This report describes the findings from >a study designed to examine how collaboration is linked to personalization and explore racial/ethnic differences in experiences and benefits associated with collaboration.
November 19, 2018 - Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in Our Nation's Classrooms. The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has created materials designed to assist educators, in all roles, in the reduction of bullying through the building of supportive classroom environments. This updated edition includes new methods and offers both Trainer of Training materials and Self-Study materials.
November 18, 2018 - Updated Behavior Progress Monitoring Tools Chart. The National Center on Intensive Intervention has updated the avaliable information on the Behavior Progress Monitoring tools. Check out all of the useful tools charts available on the site.
November 12, 2018 - Long Story Short: Why Is Social and Emotional Learning Important for Equity in Education? This short video offers a concrete operational definition for SEL, suggests ways that equity benefits from the use of SEL in the classroom, and provides some quick questions that may be used for consideration.