June 28-July 1, 2014
June 28-July 1, 2014
Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson and her team have developed and are prepared to implement a bold plan in 2014 to combat poor performance, underutilized, crumbling schools, administrative and support staff costs and a growing excess pool of teachers and principals, to name a few of the many issues the metro area is facing.
Districts across the state asked the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) for funding for various projects. A total of 19 counties plan to ask for funding, adding up to over $100 million in requests, with the SBA only planning to award about $45 million.
Midway through Highbridge Green School’s first year, parents and educators are grappling with what parent involvement will look like going forward with daily operations and long-term visions. The middle school's creation was spurred by United Parents of Highbridge, a group that was lobbying New York City to create a middle school.
Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music are partnering with New York City's Department of Education to expand the district’s Modern Band music program to an additional 60,000 students in 600 city schools. The donated services and resources for the "Amp Up NYC" initiative are estimated at $10 million.
The organization is donating $2.6 million in grant funding to create 850 new seats in what it deems high-performing schools. Building 21, a new district-run high school opening this year, will receive $2 million from the grant in startup cash over four years.
At the end of the last semester, the Lawrence district took over management of Lawrence Virtual High School from K12 Inc., a private company that had been running the school, after it posted a graduation rate of just 26.3 percent. The move comes as district officials begin to question the effectiveness of virtual schools generally.
The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District approved a major cooperative agreement that focuses on coordinating and improving services for students with disabilities, severe behavior problems, persistent truancy or criminal histories.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools have teamed with several organizations to boost attendance by providing both a better environment for kids and incentivizing them to go to school. While elementary school absentee rates have substantially decreased, creating a similar system for middle and high schools students will be more challenging.
Discovery Education launched a new iPad app for its Science Techbook series. The Techbook app, available for download on the App Store in the U.S. and Canada at no cost, enables educators and students with an active Science Techbook account to access Discovery Education’s digital content.
The St. Paul board backed a five-year strategic plan the district dubbed Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0. The approval came without the intense debate triggered by Superintendent Valeria Silva's original Strong Schools proposal three years ago.
November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
A first-of-its-kind online learning platform is bringing critical digital and life skills to Philadelphia students with autism and developmental disorders. Autism Expressed teaches basic digital vocabulary, time management, email, internet privacy settings, calendar use, and how to make appropriate, on-topic comments on social media.
While social media offers unique opportunities to connect with students and parents, it presents challenges for teachers and administrators. According to a recent survey from the College of Education at University of Phoenix, 80 percent of teachers worry about issues that can arise when using social media.
At least one midwestern district is ready—or at least thinks it’s ready—for what most states are calling Common Core assessments. The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Ind., had a jumpstart on technology and assessments thanks in part to a three-year, $28.5 million Race to the Top grant.