K12 Headlines

12/10/2014

12/10/2014

iRobot Corp. updated its STEM outreach program, including launching Create 2. The preassembled robot platform is based off the company’s Roomba to give educators, students and developers robotic programming experience. iRobot also unveiled online resources, including 3D printable files for new parts and faceplate drilling projects.

12/10/2014

The state has won a $3.3 million School Climate Transformation grant and a School Emergency Management grant worth nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education. The School Climate Transformation grant will help the state expand its current infrastructure for supporting effective positive behavior practices.

12/10/2014

Michigan school districts would have to add cyberbullying to their anti-bullying policies and report bullying data annually to the state under a bill passed in the state Senate.

12/10/2014

The planned Airframe and Powerplant aviation program at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School received a state grant for over $1 million. Together with local partners, such as Gulfstream, AirFlyte and B&E Precision Aircraft Components, the new aviation technology education program will operate as a satellite campus at Barnes Municipal Airport.

12/10/2014

California, home to Silicon Valley, is not adequately preparing its own students for the projected increase in jobs that will require computer science degrees. We need to update teacher pre-service technology requirements, develop a supplementary authorization in computer science and provide more professional development.

12/10/2014

In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the United States and only 400,000 computer science students in the education pipeline. But the number of students may slowly be increasing, as 25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements, compared to 11 states in 2013.

12/10/2014

Integrative STEM education refers to engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate science and mathematics education with technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education involves problem-based and project-based learning that allows learners to explore real-world problems, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small, collaborative groups.

12/10/2014

In New York City, a $25 million study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. The Robin Hood Foundation-funded research study is testing at 69 high-poverty sites whether stronger math teaching can make all the difference for young kids.

12/10/2014

This is the first year of the OIT Youth Mentorship program, where 21 pairs of Oregon Tech college student mentors and high school student mentees will work together for the entire school year. The program is based on Colorado State University's Campus Corps.

12/10/2014

Absent a significant threat, tight security instead projects a feeling of impending danger. U.S. school officials are often too quick to push such measures onto our children in terms of oversecuring schools against the threat of a shooting. Surveillance systems in schools need to be as unobtrusive as possible so as not to scare the children.

12/9/2014

12/9/2014

Generation Ready, a professional learning and school improvement service provider, has signed a national partnership with Literacy Design Collaborative, a national community of professional educators that delivers tools and resources to help students with the Common Core State Standards.

12/9/2014

California's new reserve cap is counter to local control and responsibility, requiring every California district to spend down their existing reserves. How can we ask districts to take responsibility for their operations, facilities, programs, employees and students without giving them the ability to practice prudent financial management?

12/9/2014

Instead of the old, zero-tolerance approach to violence in schools, Kent School District principals now have more discretion to weigh the factors behind kids’ behavior. School-safety officers act as mediators rather than just security guards. And many of the violations that once sent teenagers home get addressed through in-school suspension.

12/9/2014

State high school social studies teachers would be encouraged to use curriculum materials prepared by an institute funded by the conservative Koch family, under a Department of Public Instruction proposal. The Bill of Rights Institute had a sole-source contract to help develop materials for teachers to use in a required founding principles course.

12/9/2014

A state rule requires superintendents to verify and approve school data before they submit the information to the state. Last school year, only 37 percent of districts and charter schools statewide signed off on the data submission at the end of the school year that gets translated into school report cards.

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