Odds are pretty good that if you're talking about changes to teaching and learning that the new Read/Write Web is bringing about, many of the words you are using start with "C." There's a whole new world out there with a whole new set of skills our kids need to manage. I guess you could call it a "C change."
In Sebastian Junger’s bestselling book The Perfect Storm, forces of nature combine into a devastating storm of the century. If there were a social science version of Junger’s tale, then the United States is in its midst—a perfect storm that’s threatening American prosperity and tearing at our political cohesion.
Problem: In 2002 Rhode Island's North Kingston High School (NKHS) was rated low performing due to at-risk student scores on the New Standards Reference Exam (NSRE). NKHS failed to meet one of the twenty-one performance criteria required under NCLB.
Solution: The NKHS guidance department data results and a review by the language arts and math departments determined that at-risk students were not receiving access to curricula needed for the NSRE.
An examination of existing research indicates that an increase in classroom thinking may improve student mathematics achievement. The 1999 TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) found cognitive demand to be a key difference between mathematics instruction in the countries posting higher scores. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) explains in its fall 2006 Research Points that two types of cognitive demand are associated with student performance on achievement tests. The first has to do with the number and kind of mathematics courses taken.
It seems outrageous at first: spend millions of dollars on a high school sports facility instead of academic programs and facilities. Yet many districts are building enormous, extravagant football stadiums and field houses, and it's benefiting students and communities to boot.
Julie Young, president and CEO of Florida Virtual School in Orlando, is all smiles over the latest Advanced Placement test results that show Florida Virtual School has once again outscored both the state and nation, even though it works with many underserved students in the Sunshine State.
Over the last several years, many school districts have been struggling to fill vacant teaching positions not just in quantity but also with quality teachers, especially in math, science, special education and English as a Second Language, areas where teachers are most hard to come by.