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7/30/2014

7/30/2014

The Blended Learning Initiative, a collaborative partnership developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Steppingstone Scholars Inc., aims to narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations by preparing a diverse group of high school students for college. The summer program mixes online learning, classroom interaction and mentoring.

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Compass Learning and Renaissance Learning are integrating Renaissance Learning’s STAR reading and math data with the newly released suite of solutions from Compass Learning this fall. The partnership will provide educators tools to assess each student’s proficiency and automatically assign personalized learning paths.

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Cleveland Municipal School District's new Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts welcomed its first class. A new freshman class will be added each year until it becomes a four-year school. The school, which will hold year-round classes, offers the standard core curriculum in addition to video production, game design and digital music recording.

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The Arizona district recently appointed a new director of information technology, Fred Maupin, who has been working in educational technology since 2001. His experience is both as a K12-certified teacher in computer technology and a network administrator.

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The West Essex Regional School District in North Caldwell has hired Charles Young, an informational technology manager for the Somerset Hills School District, as its new supervisor of technology for the 2014-2015 school year.

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A state review of Iowa's STEM initiative showed positive results in its first three years. Students who participated in the first year of the program reported more interest in STEM topics as well as STEM careers. A small gender gap between male and female participation has also narrowed.

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Science teachers typically have no extra time for adding new curriculum, little time for their own professional development, and no discretionary budget to support their lessons with new equipment or field trips. If retired scientists could organize a community effort and work with teachers, they could help enhance science education.

7/30/2014

Scenario Learning announced that Atlanta Public Schools has adopted the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to help increase staff and student safety throughout the district's 105 buildings. Nearly 7,000 staff members will now have access to hundreds of online courses covering school safety topics.

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How evolution is taught in South Carolina was debated once again, despite the Department of Education's June announcement that it was moving forward with the state's 2005 biology standards. A panel voted this week on a change to the state's biology standards touted as a compromise that would encourage a discussion among students with the topic of evolution.

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The Florida county gave preliminary approval to a $1.2 billion budget, which includes a general operating fund increase of nearly 13.1 million this year to $878.8 million. The school district will also see a nearly $25 million increase in state funding.

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About half of parents and students feel their schools are adequate technology-wise, according to a survey from the Center for the Digital Future. Over half of the surveyed parents said they think the technological facilities at their child's school are adequate, with 15 percent disagreeing and the remainder taking no view.

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While instruction has ended for the summer, local school classrooms remain open as part of a wider trend around the country of "community schools," where public and private groups bring services closer to students and residents year round and, in some cases, help boost student performance.

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A petition to create a STEM-focused charter school for high school students has been approved by the Merced County Board of Education to open in 13 months. The move is opposed by a number of the county's 20 local school districts.

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More than 450 city schools will change the start time of classes in September to comply with rules in the new teachers union contract to set aside extra time for teacher training and parent conferences. Some parents say they had no say in the impending widespread change and will have to overhaul their own schedules and disrupt their children's lives to get them to school on time.

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Kecoughtan High School has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education to launch an Architecture and Applied Arts Governor's STEM Academy. According to Hampton City Schools, the academy will offer programs in design/pre-construction, engineering and technology, visual arts and merchandising.

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