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September 19, 2018

NEPC’s September Education Interview Of The Month Podcast Explores The Impact Of Immigration Policy On U.S. Schools

An item from the National Education Policy Center.

NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.

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NEPC’s September Education Interview of the Month Podcast Explores the Impact of Immigration Policy on U.S. Schools


NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.


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BOULDER, CO (September 18, 2018) – Welcome to the second year of podcasts featuring conversations with educational researchers who are investigating some of the most critical issues currently affecting U.S. schools.

In September’s NEPC Education Interview of the MonthGreg Smith discusses the impact of the immigration enforcement regime on U.S. schools with Patricia Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

Professor Gándara and her colleagues recently completed a study of the impact of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies on schools, looking at the effects on children from immigrant families as well as the consequences for their teachers, principals, counselors, and fellow classmates.

The study found, not surprisingly, that millions of students are suffering. Effects include behavioral changes, increased absenteeism, academic decline, and less commitment to schooling. Enforcement policies have also had a major indirect effect on the other students. Seeing their friends abruptly disappearing from the classroom leads to agitation and concern. Teachers described the stress of not knowing the best way to handle parents and classmates.

With the enforcement regime affecting a much broader proportion of our citizens than is generally conveyed by the media or public officials, Smith and Gándara discuss policy recommendations for school boards, policymakers, Congress, and the courts, which includes keeping communities apprised of their rights and targeting funding for outreach to the community.

A new NEPC Education Interview of the Month, hosted by Gregory A. Smith, Lewis and Clark College Emeritus Professor of Education, will be released each month from September through May.

Don’t worry if you miss a month. All NEPC Education Interview of the Month podcasts are archived on the NEPC website and can be found here.

Coming Next Month

In October, Greg’s guest will be Dr. Gordon Lafer of the University of Oregon, who will focus on the fiscal impact of charter schools on school district budgets.

Stay tuned to NEPC for smart, engaging conversations about education policy.

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September 18, 2018

[AECT] September 17, 2018 – News & Notes

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September 17, 2018


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TechTrends, Vol. 62, Issue 5 – New Issue Alert

No K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items in this issue, but several interesting topics all the same.

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The Graduate Student Assembly: Pathways to Leadership

Nate Turcotte, Sagun Giri, Lucas Vasconcelos, Kathy Essmiller & Tugce Aldemir

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The Use of Schema Theory in Learning, Design, and Technology

Kalianne L. Neumann & Theodore J. Kopcha

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It’s Not ‘Hippies Running Barefoot Through a Field of Daisies’ and Other Contemplations on Creativity with Dr. Jonathan Plucker

Carmen Richardson & Danah Henriksen

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A Report on the AECT Sponsored Symposium Entitled “the Human-Technology Frontier: Understanding the Learning of Now to Prepare for the Work of the Future” at the Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET)

Lin Lin & J. Michael Spector

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Action Research Experiences for Scholarly Practitioners in an Online Education Doctorate Program: Design, Reality, and Lessons Learned

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Publication Alert 📚 Racial and Economic Diversity Trends in Virtual Charter Schools

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Stay up to date with the latest research on virtual learning by following new publications. Below you will find the abstract to our most recent publication, as well as a link to the full, downloadable report. We hope you find it helpful.


Racial and Economic Diversity Trends in Virtual Charter Schools
Bryan Mann, University of Alabama

Abstract: This study analyzes national and state enrollment data to examine racial and economic diversity in virtual charter schools (VCS). Previous research shows that VCSs enroll higher percentages of white students and lower percentages of economically disadvantaged students compared to national averages. The study presented here combines descriptive data with the Exposure Index strategy used in school segregation and diversity research. The purpose is to analyze the consistency of previous findings across and within states. The findings here reiterate that, in general, more white students attend VCSs, and the virtual charter sector has proportionally more economically advantaged students compared to other types of schools. However, despite enrollment distributions typically showing that VCSs are not diverse, patterns vary across states.

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