K12 Headlines

5/28/2015

5/28/2015

A wide array of content from Cricket Media's portfolio of children’s books and magazines will now be available to students reading on Capstone's myON. The partnership will provide content to supplement middle and high school curriculums.

5/27/2015

5/27/2015

Studying disaster prevention and recovery might seem like a niche theme for a new high school. But the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in Manhattan reflects a growing brand of career and technical education (CTE), which aims to marry academic rigor with practical know-how. New York City’s expanding CTE roster has 51 dedicated public high schools, including 13 launched in the past two years.

5/27/2015

Emerging research shows that kids' overuse of TV, computers, video games, tablets and smartphones hinders their physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. Kids' top uses for smartphones have nothing to do with interacting with family or doing research for school. Gadgets should have a limited place in a well-balanced life.

5/27/2015

With the success of the FCC's Internet Essentials broadband initiative, hundreds of thousands of students with new learning experiences and opportunities will need to find jobs, connect with their families and apply to college. We need ideas on the table to solve this problem – like new apps for news, education, jobs and civic engagement.

5/27/2015

Cutting-edge new tracking software distributed to the city's schools will chart student and faculty performance with real-time academic and attendance tracking. The Education Department’s new data tools, which were developed in-house, will be used by nearly 22,000 employees.

5/27/2015

The ability to have access to medical information by the first period on the very first day of school for every child is critical to ensuring student safety. Prior to InfoSnap, the essential details such as contact information and medical data weren't available to staff when the school year began at Pennsylvania's Quakertown CSD.

5/27/2015

As states try to bring new rigor and accountability to their teacher evaluation systems, digital video is emerging as one tool for standardizing and enhancing classroom observation by administrators. Finding time for multiple required classroom visits can burden principals, but videos chosen by teachers and uploaded to a secure server can be reviewed outside of school hours.

5/27/2015

In a move to get more minority students interested in STEM fields, Georgia Tech has partnered with three Atlanta public high schools on a program called Project ENGAGES. Students in the intense high school science education program receive 12 months of research experience in the college's labs.

5/27/2015

We need to reach children before there is a gap between the skills they possess and the STEM skills they need to get hired. We must begin when young people are in their formative learning years. They need exposure to engineers, programmers and scientists in their middle-school years to aspire to become one.

5/27/2015

In its estimate to hire Aramark to manage school janitors, Chicago Public Schools underestimated by nearly 3.2 million square feet the amount of space Aramark would have to clean. It will cost the district an additional $7 million in the controversial contract.

5/27/2015

Trauma, poverty, cultural and peer pressure, overuse of technology and more can be causes of mental health issues among kids. Schools can help by offering mental health screening, integrating exercise and mindfulness into the school day, limiting technology and encouraging fun.

5/27/2015

A policy of stripping welfare benefits from families if kids under age 16 miss too much school would become law under legislation nearing approval in the Michigan Legislature.

5/27/2015

Oregon lawmakers are considering bills to provide statewide funding for Outdoor School programs. Outdoor School is usually a budget item for local school boards. Advocates are pushing for statewide support through the use of unclaimed bottle deposit money or regional garbage fees.

5/27/2015

About 2,000 high school seniors will fail to graduate this year despite many having enough credits because they didn’t pass an end-of-course test for biology in 10th grade or meet the state academic standard through an alternative approach that evaluates classroom work samples. New legislation needs to find a compromise to reduce testing but retain standards for learning.

5/27/2015

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and the Boston Celtics launched SCORE with Go Math! Academy and the Boston Celtics, an online math resource for third through fifth graders in New England schools based on a basketball-themed version of HMH’s Go Math! Academy.

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