K12 Headlines

9/12/2013

9/12/2013

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

9/12/2013

Without effective policy, any principal could try any new grading experiment, and have all students in a school receiving grades from the “pilot” without board knowledge or approval, or even superintendent knowledge or approval.

9/12/2013

None of these so-called reforms has moved the needle in a positive direction. It’s outrageous that outside lobbyists peddle this long-expired brand of education to communities with the message that it will be the elixir for what ails their public schools.

9/12/2013

To make up for Becton's 10-day delayed opening due to construction, the official school calendar is now Sept. 18 through June 26, with a week added to June, half days of school for Martin Luther King and Presidents days, a half day on Dec. 20 and student day on Oct. 14, which was staff development day.

9/11/2013

9/11/2013

Simple ABCs and 123s? So old school. In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience—with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Mr. Snuffleupagus sneeze.

9/11/2013

Thousands of Lake County students who lost bus service this school year will soon be able to pay for the bus rides. Other students, meanwhile, will get free rides to school if their walking route is considered dangerous by a new School Board-created standard.

9/11/2013

The Department of Education has compiled a resource page of programs that can help teachers improve reading. From rhyming and poetry to coloring books for English language learners to a discussion of the value of water, there are tens of dozens of programs across all grades that can be used in the classroom to help children learn to read.

9/11/2013

Students returning to school will find a plethora of new technologies and virtual programs on which their institutions have been spending millions of dollars. Yet even as these new technology-rich environments revolutionize the classroom, few have made provisions for people who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print-disabled.

9/11/2013

ASCD, the international education leadership association, announced today new benefits available to current and future members as part of a yearlong rollout of new member perks and benefits during the association's "membership means more" campaign.

9/11/2013

Some districts in Long Island, N.Y., are finally taking the technology plunge after dipping their toe in the water for several years. Mineola, which started with 100 iPads in 2010, is now providing one iPad for each of its 1,200 students in third through eighth grades, while Bethpage is distributing Google Chromebooks to middle schoolers.

9/11/2013

I know from my own experience leading a school district that this time of year is especially exciting—and challenging.

9/11/2013

More than 140,000 youth from 192 countries registered to join the Summer School and 100 participants were selected based on their motivation to improve intercultural understanding and cooperation across borders.

9/11/2013

The grading systems used in some high school and college classes can be convoluted: When weekly quizzes combine to count for 25 percent of a final grade, homework assignments for another 15 percent, and a term paper clocks in at 30 percent, figuring out where kids stand in the middle of a semester requires serious longhand division for some parents. Here are two apps CIOs can recommend to make it easy for parents to calculate running tallies of a student's final grade. 

9/11/2013

Howard High School’s music department started the school year with an unsual marching band program that combines brass and drums with guitars and keyboards, thanks to fiber optic connectivity by FiberPlex Technologies.

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