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What We’re Reading: Week of July 18, 2022

July 22, 2022 | Ava Marinelli

Happy Friday, Linked Learning! This week, we’re excited to see the fantastic work taking place in Eastside High Schools’ biomedical Science Academy, a Gold Certified Linked Learning pathway, be featured in Antelope Valley Press. We’re also reading stories on the impact COVID-19 has had on Latinx student success, the state and federal funding for community schools, California’s commitment to apprenticeships, and more. As always, thanks for reading with us!

Linked Learning in the News
Nursing hopefuls training in lab, Antelope Valley Press
Fifteen Eastside High School Biomedical Science Academy students trained on advanced mannequins in the nursing simulation lab at Antelope Valley College over five sessions. The pilot project was a collaboration between Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, Antelope Valley Community College District and Antelope Valley Union High School District.


Equity
Latino Students’ Gains Threatened by the Pandemic, Analysis Finds, EdWeek
Latinos students have made academic progress over the last two to three decades—including rising high school graduation rates and enrollment in post-secondary education. But policymakers must now work to address setbacks to this progress caused by the pandemic.


K-12
Collaborations needed to boost K-12, higher ed enrollments, K-12 Dive
Enrollment declines in both schools and colleges call for comprehensive and collaborative actions to investigate the root causes and find solutions to boost attendance and engagement, said speakers during a session at the National Forum on Education Policy, hosted by Education Commission of the States in Washington, D.C.


Policy
Biden Administration Boosts Grants for Community Schools, Sharpens Funding Priorities, EdWeek
The Biden administration will prioritize community schools that provide integrated support, expanded learning opportunities, collaborative leadership, and family and community engagement when awarding $68 million in grants through its Full-Service Community Schools Program.

Will California’s $4.1-billion bet on ‘community schools’ transform K-12 education?, Los Angeles Times
California is making a mega-bet — with an unprecedented $4.1-billion investment over seven years — that converting hundreds of campuses in high-poverty neighborhoods into schools like Humanitas offers the best chance to save children’s pandemic-damaged education and address entrenched inequities.


Student Supports
It Is Time to Rethink Student Supports in Schools, EdSurge
As we seek to emerge from the pandemic and reimagine schools so that students do not just recover from the pandemic but are set up to thrive, what if we normalized schools as hubs with student supports, asks Jin-Soo Huh.

How the principal-counselor relationship can improve student success, District Administration
Panelists at the annual ASCA conference provide five solutions to help administrators promote and empower their counseling departments.


Teachers
​​California’s leading teachers reflect on the 2021-22 school year, EdSource
In 2021, the Inverness Institute’s Teacher Consultant Response Network members responded to two surveys about their experiences in the classroom during the Covid-19 pandemic. One year later, nearly 100 of these teachers have weighed in yet again, sharing their classroom experiences and perspectives on teaching in the current environment.

It’s Time to Rethink the ‘One Teacher, One Classroom’ Model, EdWeek
The last few years have taken a toll on our teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing cultural divisions, and the Uvalde, Texas, massacre all weigh heavily. Morale is at an all-time low. Now is the time to rethink the teaching profession, writes Irene Chen and Stephanie Banchero.

As states tackle teacher shortages, which plans show the most promise?, K-12 Dive
The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced a three-year, comprehensive teacher shortage strategic plan dubbed “The Foundation of Our Economy.” The announcement follows a bipartisan agreement by state lawmakers to raise education funding by $1.8 billion.


Work-Based Learning
California Wants More Women In Construction Apprenticeships. But Will They Come?, LAist
While many apprenticeships promise a debt-free pathway into a career, few can match the building trades for starting salary and lifetime payout. And yet the state report is short on details on how to get more women into construction.