What We're Reading: Black Students at Lowell, John King Confirmed, and More

posted Mar 18, 2016, 2:20 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Mar 18, 2016, 2:20 PM ]
It has been a busy week at PPS-SF, but we are still reading and sharing articles about what's happening in education at a local and national level. Here is what we are reading this week:

From the SF Examiner
San Francisco’s public school leaders are looking to recruit more black students at Lowell High School in response to recent concerns of discrimination on campus. Plans are in the works to hire an advocate and recruitment officer who would help draw more black students to the school, which has seen a decrease in the number of black students in recent decades, said Chris Lee, a fund development officer for the San Francisco Unified School District. read more 

From ABC7 News
Next year, San Francisco students will have something new to learn about: sex trafficking. The curriculum will touch on so-called ''comfort women". They are Korean girls and women who were taken by the Japanese during World War II and forced to have sex with soldiers. read more

From The New York Times
More and more schools are pushing to measure students’ social-emotional skills, like empathy and perseverance. The trend — which has raised concerns even among proponents of teaching resilience, or grit — is taking on greater urgency with federal education laws requiring at least one nonacademic assessment to judge school performanceread more 

From US News & World Report
The Senate on Monday confirmed John King's nomination as secretary of education Monday in a 49-40 vote. Since Arne Duncan stepped down from his perch at the end of last year, King has been serving as "acting" secretary, a title that Education Department officials originally intended him to have for the remainder of the Obama administration. read more 

From Education Dive
According to Shane Safir, in order for educators to become allies and advocates for students of color, they need to first examine and understand implicit bias in their educational ecosystems. read more