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Thursday, March 22, 2018


For these LA students, a ‘pop-up’ boutique turned this year’s prom night from long shot into reality
Grey, raining skies on Wednesday, March 21, couldn’t dampen the smiles of a hundred homeless high school seniors on a field trip like no other to a pop-up boutique filled with free evening gowns, shoes, purses and accessories to wear to their prom next month. They traveled from 61 LAUSD schools to Emerson College Los Angeles in Hollywood to choose from racks and racks of flowing, sparkly and traditional dresses and tables and tables of dress shoes and jewelry, a girl’s dream come true.


California tops in suspension reform, but still not properly targeting disparities, report says
California in recent years has arguably become the best state in the nation at holding school districts accountable for their suspension rates — but a number of districts are still lagging considerably when it comes to addressing suspension disparities among specific groups of students and supporting alternatives to traditional discipline, according to a new statewide report.

'Deeper learning' aimed to expand as Stanford researchers join California charter group
Though Yvonne Armenta graduated from UC Berkeley last May, “I think I remember more actual content from high school than from college,” she said. “In college it was write it down, study the night before … take the test and just forget about it,” Armenta said. “Whereas in high school I was a lot more immersed … my teachers actually expected me to know and be able to talk about” what they taught.


Bill would require defibrillators at athletic events
Legislation aimed at improving California’s poor record in protecting student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, won passage Wednesday from a legislative policy committee. AB 2009 by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, would require school districts and charters that participate in interscholastic athletics to have at least one automatic external defibrillator, or AED, at each school site.


Poll: Most U.S. Teachers Want Gun Control, Not Guns To Carry
Nearly three-fourths of U.S. teachers do not want to carry guns in school, and they overwhelmingly favor gun control measures over security steps meant to "harden" schools, according to a new Gallup poll. The nationally representative poll of nearly 500 K-12 teachers was conducted earlier this month, after the Parkland, Fla., shooting and student protests brought national attention to the issue of gun violence.


SLIDESHOW: Expo showcases the work of students in OCDE’s independent study program
A third-grader demonstrated the principles of animation using a zoetrope. An eighth-grader created an intricate Lego model of the Cassini–Huygens spacecraft that orbited Saturn. A sixth-grader explained how stomach acid breaks down food. And let us not forget the 10-foot mockup of the Washington Monument that explained why the historic obelisk is two different shades. These were among the many exhibits on display Wednesday at the annual CHEP Expo, which showcased the achievements of students enrolled in OCDE’s Community Home Education Program.


Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science?
Sure, OK Go is a rock band. Their songs get on the radio, they've played sold-out shows, but the group is far better known for their really complex and elaborate videos. There's the one (viewed 41 million times) where they're all dancing on treadmills, jumping back and forth in time to the music. Another (12 million views) where the band is flying — and singing and dancing — in an anti-gravity plane; they open a box of balls and the little spheres just float through space, suspended in air. All those millions of viewers? It turns out many of them are teachers and their students.

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