October 28, 2016
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Guidance Galore!

 

Over the past month, the Department of Education has put out a number of guidance documents about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These are interpretations of the new law that do not carry the same weight as formal regulations. However, most states and districts tend to follow the Department's suggestions.

 

For the Catholic school community, the most important parts are the footnotes! The guidance documents repeatedly mention forthcoming guidance that will detail equitable services for non-government students, teachers, and schools. You may remember this promised guidance from the Breaking News section of last week's CE News -- before the end of the Obama Administration, we will see our issues specifically addressed.

 

Here are the recent guidance documents:

Title II (teacher professional development)

Title III (English language-learners)

Title IV (Student Support and Academic Achievement Grants)

Early Learning Programs (See Appendix A for opportunities)

 

In anticipation of the forthcoming equitable services guidance and as preparation for full implementation of the law next school year, be sure to check out my webinar with Sr. Dale of NCEA and the USCCB's ESSA Transition Toolkit

 
Blue Ribbon Congrats and Registration Deadline

This year's Blue Ribbon awardees is available here, via the Council for American Private Education, which coordinates nominations for the Department of Education. 

Congratulations to the Catholic schools recognized for their excellence!

The registration deadline to participate for 2017 is November 15 - please see here for application information.
 
Is Your School Coming to Washington, DC?

If your school is planning a visit to our nation's capital, you should be aware of a great (and free!) destination for your students while in town - the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

The Shrine has an inspiring permanent exhibit on the life of this modern saint who changed the world during his service as Pope. Additionally, through March 2017, a special exhibit on St. Thomas More offers a testimonial to public courage in the face of government persecution - a timely lesson indeed.

See this video about the Shrine, and more about the Thomas More exhibit.

To plan a visit, contact Maggie Wynne: (202) 635-5400 or at visitorservices@jp2shrine.org
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