March 19-22, 2014
March 19-22, 2014
State lawmakers have passed measures in both chambers to set the public school year at 990 instructional hours over 180 school days rather than the current 2010 law's scheduled increase to 1,080 hours by 2016.
Allegion PLC announced its 2014 lineup, including training courses, seminars, webinars, trade shows and K12 conference meetings. Two options include the “School Locking Hardware” for administrators and the Power Hour Webinar Series.
An El Paso charter school is in the midst of a 2-year sustainability practice project. As students create and maintain a 1.25-acre community garden and outdoor classroom, teachers are also incorporating the project into their daily curriculum with future plans for green urban planning projects.
MakerBot announced the order availability for one of its newest 3D printers, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.
Indiana moved a step closer to mandating concussion-awareness training for football coaches and requiring a 24-hour waiting period for players who suffer concussions.
The Cleveland district agreed to support two new charter schools. The Lakeshore Intergenerational School will be in partnership with the Breakthrough charter while the Global Ambassadors Leadership Academy would be a city school running Mandarin and Spanish-language immersion programs.
The Utah Senate endorsed a bill that would remove requirements for parents who home-school their children to follow state curriculum guidelines and school hour requirements.
The state's Senate approved a bill that would create a pilot program to let three cash-strapped districts sell advertising on school buses, with the money raised going to transportation costs.
Richfield Public Schools has selected Steven Unowsky as its next superintendent. He will replace the retiring Robert Slotterback who has served as superintendent since 2008.
The Alexandria City board plans to approve Dr. Alvin L. Crawley as its new Superintendent of Schools at the March 6 scheduled School Board meeting. Crawley was named interim superintendent in October 2013.
Students in foster care move schools 1-2 times a year, and by the time they age out of the system, over one third will have experienced five or more school moves. Children are estimated to lose 4-6 months of academic progress per move.
EdStart.com announced that it has acquired ExitTicket from Leadership Public Schools, a charter network of four San Francisco Bay urban high schools. The system was designed directly in the classroom to accelerate student performance.
Reading Rainbow (RR) and Kindermusik International (KI) are partnering to combine KI’s research-based musical learning curriculum with RR’s mobile reading service in a digital library available on tablet devices with new digital content.
While many schools have banned use of personal gadgets in class, others now encourage it. Ads may pop up in the course of those classroom Web activities, or during the social media checking and Web browsing done between classes.