February 2017 Network Digest
Reimagine Learning Network Digest                          February 2017

Welcome to the Reimagine Learning Network Digest! Each month, we will share news from the stellar organizations in the Reimagine Learning network, and shine a spotlight on a member organization. We hope to bring to light the important work that is happening across the network to reimagine learning across the U.S. Enjoy! 
  Feature Blogs
The Power of Nurturing Diverse & Inclusive Communities in the Classroom

  Jenee Henry

  Vice President, Knowledge at Teach for America

This month's feature blog post is written by Teach for America's Vice President of Knowledge, Jenee Henry. In honor of Black History Month, Jenee wrote this piece to share her experiences cultivating and nurturing diverse and inclusive communities inside and outside the classroom, beginning with her own educational journey and moving into her work at Teach for America. She shares important lessons about the power, fragility, and loving vigilance it takes to cultivate a diverse coalition of people oriented around a shared belief: that educational inequity is a solvable problem.

Read Jenee's blog post here!

Reflections on "Trauma in the Village"

  Greg Groves
  Portfolio Performance and Support Associate at New Profit

In December, COSEBOC and CPLAN (Collaborative Parent Action Network) convened over 250 educators, service providers, parents, and policymakers for "Trauma in the Village," an event focused on how trauma is woven into communities experiencing concentrated poverty. Click here to read key takeaways of the event by Greg Groves, Portfolio Performance and Support Associate at New Profit.

Spotlight Organization


Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) works to connect, inspire, support and strengthen school leaders dedicated to the social, emotional and academic development of boys and young men of color. It connects research, policy and practice by providing schools programs and services rooted in its Standards and Promising Practices for Educating Boys and Young Men of Color, a framework for what a school should offer and do to help its male students of color succeed. 

In this video, COSEBOC's Executive Director, Ron Walker, speaks about the significant moments that influenced the birth of COSEBOC in 2006 and the great momentum that the organization generated over the past 10 years to promote the educational success of boys and young men of color.
Upcoming Event: 2017 Annual Gathering of Leaders in Austin, Texas
Attend the 11th Annual Gathering of Leaders on April 26 - 28 in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas. The theme for this year’s conference is Boys and Young Men of Color: Innovators, Creators and Game Changers. Learn more and register here!

COSEBOC Membership
As a member organization, COSEBOC understands what is expected of school leaders and the demand for improving academic achievement among students. Members have the insight, knowledge and useful tools that speak to the real experiences of today’s school leaders. Click here to join the movement, and contact to join their mailing list!
  News Digest
Reimagine Learning Network Members Head to Austin! 
The SXSWedu Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. If you are headed to Austin on March 6-9 for this year's conference, be sure to check out the myriad of sessions featuring Reimagine Learning network members. Click here to see a custom schedule of sessions featuring our community at SXSWedu!
ESSA and Personalized Learning: State by State
KnowledgeWorks has released an interactive map that highlight states’ leadership in creating high quality education systems that provide innovative and flexible learning opportunities. Click here to view the map, which highlights emerging ideas states are considering as they leverage the flexibility provided by ESSA to advance personalized learning and improve equitable outcomes for their students.
Commitments for Advancing Educational Equity in States
CCSSO and the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program have released a series of commitments to help state education chiefs take action to achieve educational equity in their states. These commitments provide a holistic approach to achieving equity for all students, from prioritizing equity in the state strategic plan to investing in our youngest learners. Click here to read Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs. 
How Do We Ensure Personalized Learning is a True Equity Initiative?
Ace Parsi, Personalized Learning Partnership Manager at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, writes about the potential of personalized learning as a game changer in educational equity conversations, and discusses how to close the gap between aspirations and reality. Read the piece here.
Ending Racial Discipline Disparities
Educators for Excellence was inspired to study school discipline practices to learn about what is and is not working to reduce racial discipline and achievement disparities. Read the resulting action guide for school-based change, developed for educators by educators, which outlines a roadmap for creating positive school discipline practices.
New Teacher Center Resource to Help You Change the Odds
If you are seeking to be an agent of change in your school district, download New Teacher Center's “Change the Odds” eBook. The eBook provides guidance on how to leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act, strengthen teacher induction, resolve the teacher shortage, and develop teacher leaders.
Eye to Eye Transforming a Physical ADHD/LD Experience into a Mobile App
Eye to Eye is partnering with ArcTouch to create an app that aims to extend Eye to Eye’s reach by providing more students with access to the program, without having to live near the 60+ chapter locations spread across 20 states in the U.S. Read more about the app.
Social Awareness Toolkit
Transforming Education is now offering a Social Awareness Toolkit, which provides educators with a variety of resources and strategies to support the development of students’ social awareness. Click here to access the free toolkit.

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