Forefathers’ Day is a holiday celebrated yearly in Massachusetts that began in 1769. As recounted by the historian John Seelye, Memory’s Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock, this location was identified as the landing place many years after the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth on the 22nd of December and established the first colony at Plymouth in 1620.
In May 2016, Chiefs for Change addressed school improvement strategies under ESSA in a booklet titled: Implementing Change: Rethinking School Improvement Strategies and Funding Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA requires that seven (7) percent of Title I funds is set aside as a school improvement innovation fund.
A new competitive grant program within the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, will fund the development and research of evidence-based innovative technology approaches to student learning. These grants are an additional resource made available to schools. This is an opportunity to begin or expand a grant program in addition to the general availability of new funds in the marketplace.
Teachers have felt tied up in knots, for more than a decade, due to the threat of No Child Left Behind, NCLB, sanctions for failing to meet unrealistic proficiency levels. Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, opens up many opportunities for states and local school districts to develop curriculum programs for a “Well-Rounded” education for all students. The term “Well-Rounded” appears 24 times in the law, and includes everything from Arts, Physical Education, Science, Civics and Government, Music and Foreign Languages – all of which are programs eligible for federal funding under ESSA.
The new federal legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) challenges states to draw on lessons from the last 15 years and to refine their accountability systems to provide the right combination of pressure and support for school improvement.
President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, and this new law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, NCLB. Moreover, ESSA was approved by a rare, broad bi-partisan consensus, passing 359-64 in the House and 85 to 12 in the Senate. Notwithstanding, ESSA is 1061 pages long, and includes numerous changes to federal education law.
Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, responds to the recent political controversy surrounding federal endorsement of academic standards, specifically Common Core.
“With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives, what they will.” — President Barack Obama
Writing Workshop is a strategic approach that provides students opportunities to use critical thinking through the steps in the writing process. Expressly, students think critically about what they are actually writing through a planned process. Big Universe offers a variety of lesson plans that include a story from the library,…
The 2016 presidential campaign is unlike any other campaign in recent history. For the most part, election 2016 has carried an inflammatory tone in both the news and social media that the issues discussed have seemingly elicited fear and anxiety in both youth and families.