To 12-year-old me, my middle school assistant principal seriously overused the word ‘truancy’

By UELIP Associate: Larry Sanders

Of course, I had no statistical evidence to validate that point, but it seemed like in every encounter I had with him – be it private or public – that term managed to come up. Once my friends and I actually learned what the word meant, we became even more perplexed. Missing school could not be as big of a deal as he was making it. Students miss school all the time. There must be bigger issues to solve than preventing absences.

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Defining ‘Urban Education’ without a Textbook

By UELIP Associate: Leigh Creighton

I wanted to be a “UELIP” because I am interested in pursuing a degree in education, and I wanted to learn more about what “urban education” means.  An internship with DC Public Schools sounded like a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience about urban education and learn about DC Public Schools, both of which I knew little about having recently moved to the DC area from Georgia.

Given my law degree and past experience interning for a legal clinic that focused on special education matters, I was excited to be placed with the Office of Specialized Instruction (OSI, formerly known as the Office of Special Education).  I work specifically for OSI’s Local Education Agency Monitoring and School Support Team (LEAMSST). Continue reading “Defining ‘Urban Education’ without a Textbook”