September 30-October 3, 2014
September 30-October 3, 2014
October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is giving students the ability to communicate with authorities by scanning a bar code sticker that has been placed in all 18,000 student lockers in the county’s middle and high schools. Students can anonymously alert authorities if they suspect someone is dealing drugs or committing criminal acts or if they have any school safety concerns.
Discipline should be used to guide and teach, not push out and stigmatize. We need a paradigm shift in our nation’s schools that contextualizes discipline within learning and education — it is central to, not a distraction from, teaching. Our schools must invest in and implement alternatives to overly punitive discipline practices.
Destructive eating habits are much easier to change as a youth. For some kids, a school lunch might be the only healthy meal they will have all day. If the government can sneak in a few vegetables, whole grains and unbleached wheat, it has a chance to lead to some positive lifestyle changes.
As nearly 600,000 Oregon teachers and students start school, they will be faced this year with the new Smarter Balanced test covering reading, math, writing, listening, research and thinking skills. Test officials won't decide for months how high students will have to score to pass the exam, which will be given to students in grades three through eight and to high school juniors.
This year, relying on a loophole in the union contract, school administrators in Boston are filling classroom posts with teachers of their own choosing, passing over internal candidates and hiring from outside the system if need be. With the opening of schools, more than 100 veteran teachers have no class assignments at all, sidelined despite a cost in salary and benefits of more than $10 million.
With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools. Instead, certified librarians are being reassigned across the district to English classrooms, world languages or to particular grade levels in elementary schools.
According to a database compiled by Transparent California, more than 7,500 school district employees in San Diego County received six-figure compensation packages last year, including 4,600 teachers.
A new suite of writing tools from Questia supports students in organizing and writing research papers. From Cengage Learning’s Questia.com, the new Questia Writing Center features support tools such as a topic and source generator, a thesis statement builder, and an outline creator and project organizer, among others.
Kahrds is a new learning platform from VIP Learning that allows students, teachers and instructors to customize their own study sets. In addition to providing content, the users determine the subject and the level of each one of the study sets. The study platform then turns the entered information into games, flash cards and tests.
Implementing year-round schooling will not only lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics, but ones who come to rely on the consistency of their educational schedule and are more apt to stick with it.
The Washington Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state with a hearing scheduled for October. The new charter school law allows for about 40 charter schools to open during the next five years. This fall, the private school First Place will be the first charter school. A coalition of plaintiffs has sued the state, hoping to disallow schools such as First Place.
New Jersey's North Plainfield district has chosen West Milford Superintendent James McLaughlin as its new superintendent. McLaughlin will start his new position in January 2015.
Mike Waldrip has been hired by Coppell ISD as the district's new superintendent. Waldrip, a former deputy superintendent of administrative operations for Frisco ISD, replaces longtime leader Jeff Turner, who left to become executive director of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.