EdNews | December 2016

In this issue:

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THE BIG NEWS: Welcome to the New Aplusala.org!

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A+ Opinion: ACT Aspire Fueling Efforts to Deliver Better Quality Instruction

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Children's Issues at the Forefront as A+ Joins VOICES at Regional Meeting

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ABPC from the Blog: Norms We Can Use Everyday, and with Collaborative Groups

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Enjoy a Peaceful & Joyful Holiday Season!



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THE BIG NEWS: Welcome to the New Aplusala.org!

aplusala-org-web-intro.jpgJust in time for the holidays, we have a gift for you: A new and improved website!

If you haven’t visited our website lately, we encourage you to come browse around. We’ve improved and streamlined our online experience for you and the education community.

Here are some tips to get you started navigating it. The redesign should help you intuitively find resources, events and registrations more easily, whether you're on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

When you visit aplusala.org, you'll see three tabs at the top, where you can navigate between all A+ programs; A+ Education Partnership (policy work, in green), A+ College Ready (student college & career-readiness work, in blue) and the Alabama Best Practices Center (professional development work, in red). Simply use the menus to find what you need: events, resources, contact information, and more. Another nice feature is on the Events pages, where our participants will find registration links and be able to view events in a list, or on a day or a month calendar view.

If you've bookmarked apluscollegeready.org or bestpracticescenter.org, that's OK - these links will redirect you to the new site with all of the most up-to-date information. If you need some help navigating the new site, please contact Jill West at our office: jill@aplusala.org, or call 334-279-1886. She'll be glad give you the virtual tour.

Start here to read all about it, and browse around ...


A+ Opinion: ACT Aspire Fueling Efforts to Deliver Better Quality Instruction

ACT-aspire-student-testing.jpgEducating children is a complicated endeavor, and an important part of that journey is an annual statewide test. Annual tests provide an important academic checkup for students, parents and communities. Students’ success doesn’t depend on whether they do well or poorly on those standardized tests, and it shouldn’t.

The most recent results of the ACT Aspire test highlight the gains Alabama public school students are making in math, reading and science in almost every tested grade.

Read the full article our new blog...


Children’s Issues at the Forefront as A+ Joins VOICES at Regional Meeting

voices-aplusala.jpgThomas Rains, A+'s VP of Operations and Policy, was invited by Voices for Alabama's Children, to take part in a panel discussion on issues facing children in our state, covering topics like safety, economic security, education and health, and the policy decisions that affect them.

The panel shared the recent "wins" for Alabama's children, like the successful implementation of higher academic standards and the recent passage of the new federal education law. But poverty continues to present many challenges and obstacles for children -- and addressing these challenges must be a priority if Alabama is to prosper.

Read more ...


Blog Feature: Norms We Can Use Everyday, and with Collaborative Groups

ABPC-feature-collaboration.jpgHave you ever been in a meeting that was nonproductive? One where someone was monopolizing the conversation or taking it off task? Or one where tempers flared or participants played the blame game?

I’m currently rereading Elena Aguilar’s very useful book, The Art of Coaching Teams. Today, I was reviewing the norms chapter and happened upon the norms established by the Center for Courage and Renewal, founded by Parker Palmer. As I read them, I thought about our current political climate and wondered how these norms might help us all begin to heal our current national divide.

Read Cathy's full post on the new ABPC blog ...


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COMING IN JANUARY:

|| HOW YOU CAN HELP US PROMOTE OUR NEW WEBSITE!
|| WHO THE HECK IS THIS GUY? INTRODUCING ACE READER! 
|| A NEW LOOK FOR THE NEW YEAR: OUR E-NEWSLETTER UPGRADE

 

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