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Thank you to our parents

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In honor of Parents' Day this Sunday, some Stand staff members reflect on the things our parents did for us that strengthened our education and helped us achieve success in school. To our parents and all the others who instill the importance of education: we appreciate you!

Summer Reading Challenge Highlights

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Friday marked the last day of our first ever Stand Summer Reading Challenge, and it was a success. Over 300 children across the country read for a total of over 144,000 minutes (that’s like watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy 211 times!) in an effort to fight summer learning loss.

Tell the U.S. Congress to Step Up Its Game

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Like 25 million other Americans, I spent Sunday watching the U.S. women’s team dominate Japan in the World Cup final. What a game! I’ve never felt so alive watching from the sidelines.

Back at work on Monday, I again found myself watching from the sidelines, but this time I wanted to pull my hair out.

For months now, the U.S. Congress has been working its way to the final debate over improving No Child Left Behind, our nation’s most important education law. But what’s playing out on C-SPAN right now isn’t a game you’d want to watch—let alone play.

Don’t Let Anything Stop You From Making a Difference

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It was an event so important that I chose to speak in English. I’m a native Spanish speaker, but I opted for a second, more mainstream language when it came time this week to deliver more than 1,000 petition signatures in support of common sense recommendations for the new Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) strategic plan. I wanted more people to hear and understand what I had to say.

Oregon and Washington students exceed expectations on new tests

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The results are in!

Oregon and Washington students are scoring higher than expected on the new Smarter Balanced tests, which measure critical thinking and problem solving – not just memorization.

The preliminary results reveal that more students in grades 3 through 8 scored proficient than anticipated, according to reports released Thursday.

Summer is here...let the learning begin!

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It's summer vacation, a time children wait for all year to swim in the pool, collect shells at the beach, catch up with old friends, host lemonade stands, and eat way too much ice cream.

This tradition started in the 19th century; it’s commonly believed that summer vacation was held so that children had time to help their families work on their farms. Nice as that story is, it isn’t true. It’s because the heat in urban areas became unbearable. Brick and concrete made everything so much hotter, driving families to spend their summers in the countryside.

Fighting Summer Learning Loss

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Summer evokes a lot of memories and images: ice cream at the park, splashing in the pool, riding your bike down the street to meet friends. Fireflies, grilling, playing ball. Summer experiences are a pretty good illustration of the American Dream.

Great Teachers Save Lives (Literally)

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So why don’t we reward and keep the best ones?

Stephanie Stuck is a spunky high school senior who’s full of life, humor, and optimism. But it wasn’t always like that.

Growing up in a small town just south of Portland, Oregon, Stephanie barely knew her mother, and from a young age she bounced from foster home to foster home.

For much of her time in foster care, Stephanie suffered through emotional and physical abuse.

“When I was in the system, some foster parents would tell me I was dumb and stupid,” she says. 

Stand UP in the News

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Stand Indiana was featured this week on ABC’s local Indianapolis affiliate in a story about how our Stand UP (Stand University for Parents) family engagement program seeks to help Hispanic families stay involved in their children’s education.

Because many parents of Hispanic students do not speak English, it is difficult for them to understand what is going on in their children’s homework, school, and overall education and stay actively involved. Indiana’s Stand UP program, an 8-week course for parents to become education advocates, is helping to bridge that gap.

Why I Advocate: One Teacher's Fight to Keep Standards in Her Classroom

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As I finish my twelfth year in the classroom, I am forced to look back and reflect on a year unlike any other. A year filled with many rewards and a year filled with many frustrations. For every gain we made in the classroom this year, the state, as a whole, took two steps back.

Teachers like me are clinging to the new standards with vigor, terrified that they will be taken away. I advocate for myself and teachers like me, who believe in their students enough to push them further, to question them deeper, and to support them more than ever before.

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