K12 Headlines

8/15/2013

8/15/2013

Two recent events – one on the east coast and one on the west coast – raise painful questions about whether we are really serious when we say that we want better education for minority children.

8/15/2013

The text books will change, the teachers will be different, and the course offerings will vary, but the basics of what is taught and what students are expected to learn will be consistent.

8/15/2013

Thanks to the $147 million in Base Realignment and Closure funds received recently by the Huntsville, Madison and Madison County school districts, new and renovated schools will reshape learning opportunities for local school children for years to come.

8/15/2013

E-book offerings published under HBG's Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint include noteworthy books such as the Ninth Ward (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Award) and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (National Book Award Winner).

8/15/2013

ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has been awarded a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide educators with free, ongoing virtual professional development (PD) trainings on the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards.

8/14/2013

8/14/2013

Students in the Washington Unified School District (West Sacramento, Calif.) can expect to see shiny new Chromebooks in their classrooms when they begin the new school year. The district's schools spent $150,000 to pilot 450 Chromebooks this year to help prepare students for the Common Core State Standards.

8/14/2013

Interns at Reynoldsburg (Ohio) high school are starting with the basics—reprogramming computers and connecting laptops to a network. But by the end of the yearlong internship program, the students will have a deep enough understanding of a particular area within IT that they can earn a professional certification.

8/14/2013

As students head back to school for the start of the 2013–14 school year, ASCD—the international education association—offers a new selection of professional development opportunities to enable educators at every level to support the success of each learner.

8/14/2013

Security and educational uses are giving school administrators new reasons to allow cell phones at school, with teachers even incorporating phones into their curricula. With mobile apps and the internet at their fingertips, teachers and students are now using phones as clickers to answer questions, and providing teachers with feedback on student progress.

8/14/2013

The issue of where Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) schools and other public school systems should be going with education technology is a hot topic these days. While the outcome for school systems is hard to predict, there are real-world lessons that Tennessee's school officials and public education funding bodies can learn from.

8/14/2013

An arrest warrant has been issued for Thomas Drago, who was under investigation earlier this year for allegedly spying on his co-workers' computers. The Easton (Pa.) Area School District's former technology director is facing wiretapping charges.

8/14/2013

The Shelton Board of Education is working to enact a BYOD policy for the schools to allow students to use their personal devices for educational purposes. While on campus, only the internet gateway provided by the school would be allowed to be accessed, and both students and a parent or guardian would have to sign an agreement form.

8/14/2013

The National Center for Educational Statistics has released four reports analyzing schools, principals, teachers, and media centers. The data, which cover graduation requirements, school staffing, principal and teacher compensation, and more, comes from the center's 2011-2012 staffing survey.

8/14/2013

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to follow standards—carefully developed by U.S. Supreme Court rulings—for determining a school district’s liability in cases of harassment.

8/14/2013

St. Paul Public Schools is starting modestly on its ambitious plan to overhaul learning through technology. The district will spend the coming year laying the groundwork for the eight-year plan, funded with a $9 million-a-year levy increase taxpayers backed last fall.

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