The following resources focus on the educational climate and betterment of those serving the K–12 educational community.

Black Teachers Improve Outcomes for Black Students “The role model effect seems to show that having one teacher of the same race is enough to give a student the ambition to achieve, for example, to take a college entrance exam,” said Nicholas Papageorge, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University and one of the co-authors of the research paper. “But if going to college is the goal, having two teachers of the same race helps even more.” (U.S. News & World Report)

The Number of Public School Students Could Fall by More Than 8 percent in a Decade  Mike Griffith [of the Education Commission of the States] said that a decline this large will likely lead to school closures around the country along with some unexpected consequences, such as more full-day kindergarten and publicly funded pre-kindergarten. Rural areas, already hard hit by depopulation, will likely feel the effects most severely. (Hechinger Report)

TN– Hamilton County Schools Must Build off ‘Lessons Learned,’ Says State’s School Improvement Leader Sharon Griffin   Griffin presented some of the strategies that helped iZone schools find success under her leadership, including the need for highly-effective talent, instructional support, extended learning days, empowered principals and student support. (Times Free Press)

White House Releases Five-Year STEM Education Strategy  The Trump administration released a report detailing its five-year strategic plan for STEM education.

Check the Pulse of STEM in Your State With Vital Signs  One year ago, ECS became the home of Vital Signs — the nation’s most comprehensive state-by-state data on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. To assess the health of K-12 STEM education by state and nationally, check out