K12 Headlines

5/7/2014

5/7/2014

Many states, now more than a year into Common Core implementation, have discovered the standards and its accompanying curriculum are not what they were promised. The opponents include parents and educators from all ethnicities.

5/7/2014

While many states struggle with high unemployment and too few jobs, Colorado has a unique problem—plenty of available and high-quality jobs but too few qualified workers to fill them. Colorado's business leaders are working with education leaders on the Future Forward Colorado initiative to align K12 standards and expectations with the rigor and requirements needed for students to succeed in college and careers.

5/7/2014

Districts in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania turned to online learning in lieu of time in school to make up for missed class time due to weather cancellations. Many implemented e-learning days, during which students read through online lessons and completed assignments at home to meet class-time requirements.

5/7/2014

Several Wayne Hills High students with special learning needs are filling in as in-house tech experts, setting up computers in schools throughout the district. The students are part of the transition skills program, which trains students who are not usually college-bound for careers once they leave high school.

5/7/2014

Education professionals are split on whether vocational training in high school helps or hurts students. While the rhetoric of the last few years has centered around encouraging students to go to college as a way to find gainful employment and a guaranteed route to the middle class, some are increasing their calls for multiple pathways to those outcomes.

5/7/2014

Extron's new Global Configurator Professional can be used for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs.

5/7/2014

Scientific Minds has a new partner in delivering its comprehensive science content to students – the Puffin Academy app. The Puffin Academy web browser works on iOS and Android devices. Scientific Minds' users can now access Science Starters for elementary, middle school, biology and chemistry from these devices.

5/7/2014

Sanford school administrators are planning the process to replace departing Sanford Regional Technical Center Director Jim Stopa.

5/7/2014

The Cumberland County board passed a $70 million bond ordinance, another major step forward in completing its goal of building its proposed new county technical education center. The school will be built on the Cumberland County College campus.

5/7/2014

The Redmond School District has selected Jeremy Macdonald as its new director of technology and innovation. The technology services are currently contracted through the High Desert Education Service District. With the district’s growing instructional technology needs, the IT services will be brought in-house beginning July 1.

5/7/2014

The Erie School District is expanding its career and technical education program in an effort to offer more courses to more students in all city high schools. The expansion will mean 300 additional students will have access to the programs.

5/7/2014

The Southeast Area Technical Skills Center, located adjacent to Walla Walla Community College, will house four vocational training programs. The $11.5 million facility is being built with 90 percent state funds.

5/7/2014

As a recipient of the National Institutes of Health's Science Education Partnership Award, Montana Tech will utilize the $1.3 million grant to fund a science education project in Montana’s public schools. It will equip 40 of Montana’s sixth through 12th-grade teachers with the skills to provide science research opportunities for students.

5/7/2014

CodeNow, a national nonprofit that provides underrepresented high school students free training in computer programming, is expanding to Miami with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program offers students in-person training supported by outside learning and technology study at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

5/7/2014

Hundreds of additional Downers Grove elementary school students could be carrying iPads next year, as the district prepares to expand its program to outfit all 5,000 kids with individual iPad Minis over three years.

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