National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel announced a $500,000 challenge grant toward expanding a successful New Jersey Education Association program nationwide to help increase the number of certified science and math teachers in schools.
FIGHTING CHILD OBESITY
Jayne Greenberg, PE and health director at Miami-Dade Public Schools, is behind a program recognized in a recent report by Nike for refocusing physical education by including activities students enjoy, like rock climbing, and technology in the fight to combat obesity.
FIRST CHARTER SCHOOLS
Maine Gov. Paul LePage helped open the state’s first two charter schools in October, providing new educational opportunities for about 100 students in the towns of Fairfield and Cornville. The schools give students more academic choices, LePage says.
MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION
Clainetta Jefferson helps children of military base personnel in six districts succeed in public schools. As the school liaison officer at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, she created the annual Georgia Military Child Education Conference, held in September.
PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Principal Trevor Greene of Toppenish High School in Toppenish (Wash.) School District was named 2013’s MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year. He added 27 engineering and biomedical classes and increased state science scores by over two-thirds.