What We're Reading: Lessons from a Board Member, College Applications, Helping Your Teen, and More

posted Jan 20, 2016, 6:28 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston
From PBS NewshourMany high school seniors have finished college applications. And now they’re waiting to find out whether taking advanced courses, prepping for entrance exams and agonizing over essays will all pay off. A new report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education calls on colleges to lower the pressure on students to impress admissions committees by racking up achievements and accolades. 
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From The Hechinger Report
Why are black students half as likely as white students to be assigned to gifted classrooms in U.S. public schools? Only 2 percent of black students and 3 percent of Hispanic students are in gifted-and-talented programs, compared with 4 percent of white students and 6 percent of Asian students, according to an analysis of federal data since 1998. read more

From ThinkProgress
Roughly half of all kids living in the U.S. — 33 to 36.5 million — have a parent with a criminal record, and 2.7 million of them have a parent behind bars. Those kids are more likely to live in poverty and develop mental illnesses. In San Francisco, two officials are getting ready to introduce a plan that would put in place a comprehensive support system in the city for students in that situation. read more

From The Dallas Morning News
January is School Board Recognition Month, so it’s a good time to talk about the importance of school boards and why they’re so important to our public schools, where the majority of Texas kids attend. Sometime during a child’s education, it’s likely that his or her parents or caregivers will need to approach a board member. read more 

From Education Dive
Across the United States, enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen by double digit percentages, leading to further scrutiny of what appears to be a far-reaching teacher shortage. read more