Rise & Shine: Education reform group makes school board endorsements

Good morning.

Welcome to another Friday edition of Rise & Shine. We hope you've been finding a way to stay cool as we face another potential triple-digit day. Hit the pool — or even better, the movie theater.

We've got more school board endorsements for you, this time from Students for Education Reform Action Network. Melanie has that story.

And our national team brings you an update on a new school improvement effort by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Meanwhile, our colleagues from Education Week asked teachers about social-emotional learning. Most educators think it's important, but they don't feel like they have all the skills they need to help students.

We've got that and more below.

Read on.

— Erica Meltzer, bureau chief

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ELECTION 2019 Students for Education Reform has announced two endorsements in the Denver school board race. Chalkbeat

Earlier this week, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association made its own picks. Chalkbeat

GRASSROOTS The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given out $93 million to school improvement efforts designed by schools themselves. The initiative groups schools together to work on common problems, with help from nonprofit coordinators. Some of the recipients of that money got together recently to share successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Chalkbeat

SKILLS GAP In a recent survey, many educators said they recognize the value of teaching social and emotional skills, but they don’t have the knowledge themselves to guide students through big feelings that affect their classroom behavior. Education Week

LIFESAVER Students in Florida will now be required to receive at least five hours of instruction in mental health issues, starting in sixth grade. Pensacola News Journal

CYBER THREAT Earlier this year, ransomware brought the city of Baltimore to a halt. School districts increasingly face this same type of attack, and they’re not prepared. The 74 Million

SPACE JAM Students from three Boulder Valley schools will place projects they designed on a United Launch Alliance rocket. Saturday’s launch is in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Daily Camera

WORST CASE School resource officers are training this week in Cripple Creek to be more prepared for violent incidents. CBS 4

TOO MUCH A California school superintendent is facing criticism for a hyperrealistic active-shooter drill in which an employee wearing a mask and carrying a fake gun caught teachers by surprise. Education Week