K12 Headlines

12/10/2014

12/10/2014

Michigan school districts would have to add cyberbullying to their anti-bullying policies and report bullying data annually to the state under a bill passed in the state Senate.

12/10/2014

The planned Airframe and Powerplant aviation program at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School received a state grant for over $1 million. Together with local partners, such as Gulfstream, AirFlyte and B&E Precision Aircraft Components, the new aviation technology education program will operate as a satellite campus at Barnes Municipal Airport.

12/10/2014

California, home to Silicon Valley, is not adequately preparing its own students for the projected increase in jobs that will require computer science degrees. We need to update teacher pre-service technology requirements, develop a supplementary authorization in computer science and provide more professional development.

12/10/2014

In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the United States and only 400,000 computer science students in the education pipeline. But the number of students may slowly be increasing, as 25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements, compared to 11 states in 2013.

12/10/2014

Integrative STEM education refers to engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate science and mathematics education with technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education involves problem-based and project-based learning that allows learners to explore real-world problems, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small, collaborative groups.

12/10/2014

A new instructional management solution, the Parent Student Portal, has been added to Kickboard's product offerings. The portal provides real-time updates about students’ course grades, missed assignments, merits and demerits and more to parents and students via a computer or mobile device.

12/10/2014

In New York City, a $25 million study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. The Robin Hood Foundation-funded research study is testing at 69 high-poverty sites whether stronger math teaching can make all the difference for young kids.

12/10/2014

This is the first year of the OIT Youth Mentorship program, where 21 pairs of Oregon Tech college student mentors and high school student mentees will work together for the entire school year. The program is based on Colorado State University's Campus Corps.

12/9/2014

12/9/2014

Generation Ready, a professional learning and school improvement service provider, has signed a national partnership with Literacy Design Collaborative, a national community of professional educators that delivers tools and resources to help students with the Common Core State Standards.

12/9/2014

California's new reserve cap is counter to local control and responsibility, requiring every California district to spend down their existing reserves. How can we ask districts to take responsibility for their operations, facilities, programs, employees and students without giving them the ability to practice prudent financial management?

12/9/2014

Instead of the old, zero-tolerance approach to violence in schools, Kent School District principals now have more discretion to weigh the factors behind kids’ behavior. School-safety officers act as mediators rather than just security guards. And many of the violations that once sent teenagers home get addressed through in-school suspension.

12/9/2014

The Palm Beach County school system is contemplating replacing letter grades with something more soft and nuanced. Depriving parents of a clear way to assess their child’s progress does no good for anyone, and sparing a child the indignity of a bad grade deprives him of the opportunity to learn at an early age how to deal with life’s demands and disappointments.

12/9/2014

Steve Gast's resignation as the top school leader of the Alaska school district has been accepted by the Nome Board of Education.

12/9/2014

A state rule requires superintendents to verify and approve school data before they submit the information to the state. Last school year, only 37 percent of districts and charter schools statewide signed off on the data submission at the end of the school year that gets translated into school report cards.

12/9/2014

Cazenovia parents in New York are questioning the need for the decades-old practice of letting children out of school to attend weekly religious education classes. In addition to being unfair to the children left behind with no enrichment activities, they say it is unnecessary with religious programs offered during non-school times.

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