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As we wrap up 2022, we’re immensely grateful to everyone who makes our work possible. To our dedicated partners — thank you!  Over the past two years, our schools and communities have faced historic challenges. But, this year has reminded us that when we work together to support our students and educators, our state can weather any storm.

Our number one goal is to ensure that every Alabama student has a great school, regardless of circumstance. We are thankful to be in this fight with you every day. To support the continuation of our work, please click here to give.

This Week at A+
 
>The Alabama Best Practices Center: We are excited to announce that we are relaunching the Instructional Partners Network! Join us for four full days of collaborative learning focused on "The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching" by Jim Knight. Register or request more information here.
 
 


  STATE NEWS




Citing Staff Shortage, Alabama Starts Paying Student Teachers to Lead Classrooms
(written by Trisha Powell Crain, al.com, November 28)


Federal Complaint: ‘Extreme Barriers’ for Alabama Adults, Children With Disabilities to Access Care
(written by Savannah Tryens-Fernandes, al.com, November 22)


Alabama’s ‘A’ School Districts, Ranked 1 to 24 on State Report Cards
(written by Trisha Powell Crain, al.com, November 25)



Amid Teacher Shortages, Schools Can’t Afford to Lose Any More Black Male Educators
(written by Devna Bose, al.com, November 22)
 


NATIONAL NEWS



Play is Crucial For Middle Schoolers, Too 
(written by Christina Samuels, The Hechinger Report, November 17)



Inside the Podcast That Reignited the Reading Wars
(written by Christina Samuels, The Hechinger Report, November 29)



Why Many High School Graduates Don’t Feel Ready for College and Career Decisions
(written by Matt Zalaznick, District Administration, November 28)



Maryland’s Humble Mission: Build the Nation’s Best, Most Equitable School System
(written by Asher Lehrer-Small, The 74, November 30)



Applications Open for $84.5M in Energy Dept School Infrastructure Grants
(written by Anna Merod, Education Dive, November 29)



OPINIONS



A ‘Fiercely Compassionate’ Approach to Student Mental Health
(written by Danielle Budash Newkam, The 74, November 29)


Teaching Phonics Alone Won’t Solve the Nation’s Reading Crisis
(written by Matt Bardin, The 74, November 27)

 

 
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Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong
(From APM Reports, November 2022)



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Did you know that November is Thank Alabama Teachers Month? With Thanksgiving coming next week, we wanted to express our immense gratitude to our teachers - especially for their work over the last two years. Without their dedication, our students would not have held steady during such a tumultuous time. Teachers are our instructors, mentors, and biggest cheerleaders, and they are pivotal in shaping those who are the future of our state.

So, thank you, teachers! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of rest with those you love. If you're looking for a way to personally thank your own teachers, click here for some ideas!

This Week at A+

> A+ College Ready: We shared this last week, but in honor of Thank Alabama Teacher's Month, we're sharing again! What a great reminder of the impact our teachers make! We celebrated a full-circle moment when AP Science Content Director, Dr. Matt Dean's former student from Buckhorn High School visited our AP Science Fall Conference. Dr. Karen Miga is a world-renowned scientist and one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Influential People who helped finish the Human Genome Project. Her research is astounding and we are thankful she took the time to share it with our AP Biology teachers! Learn more about her here
 
 
>The Alabama Best Practices Center: We are excited to announce that we are relaunching the Instructional Partners Network! Join us for four full days of collaborative learning focused on "The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching" by Jim Knight. Register or request more information here.
 


  STATE NEWS



Alabama ‘Failing’ Schools: 79 Schools on the First List Published Since the Pandemic
(written by Trisha Powell Crain, al.com, November 16)


USDA, Alabama Agreement Will Put More Locally Sourced Food in Schools
(AP story, November 16)


Alabama School District’s Future Uncertain After Tax Vote Strips Funding
(written by Trisha Powell Crain, al.com, November 16)


Renaming of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis Schools Will Be First to Test Alabama Monuments Law
(written by Rebecca Griesbach, al.com, November 16)


Across the Board November 2022: Key Takeaways from the ALBOE Meeting
(written by Corinn O'Brien, A+ Education Partnership)


 


NATIONAL NEWS



Standards-aligned curricula gain more traction in 2021-22
(written by Kara Arundel, Education Dive, November 15)



State of the States 2022: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policies
(NCTQ Report, November 2022)



‘The Bottom Has Dropped Out’: Study Confirms Fears of Growing Learning Gaps
(written by Beth Hawkins, The 74, November 15)



New Study: $40 Stipend Draws Substitute Teachers into Hard-to-Staff Schools
(written by Matthew A. Kraft, Grace Falken & Phyllis W. Jordan , The 74, November 16)



Star-Spangled Bans: Anti-CRT policies lead schools to downplay race, history
(written by Naaz Modan, Jasmine Ye Han and Shaun Lucas, Education Dive, November 16)
 



OPINIONS



Science of Reading Gives Kids the Best Chance to Close the Literacy Gap
(written by John B. King & Jacquelyn Davis, The 74, November 16)


Why Aren’t Parents More Worried About Declines in Student Achievement?
(written by Caitlynn Peetz, Education Week, November 15) 

 

 
PODCASTS
 

Head, Heart, Habits & Equity Podcast: Linguistic Diversity in Schools
(From Teaching Lab Podcast, November 2022)




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