November 3-6, 2013
November 3-6, 2013
The Affton School District’s director of technology and innovation, Dr. Robert Dillon, has been named a fellow of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence. The relationship with the institute will help connect Affton students to innovation, ideas, resources, and opportunities.
Kansas City Public Schools will remain unaccredited for at least another year, putting the district a step closer to being forced to comply with a controversial student transfer law many fear could be financially devastating.
School districts across Kentucky have maxed-out local property taxes in an effort to make up for cuts in state and federal funding in recent years. The result is an inequality among the state's 173 districts.
Teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike are being told that technology is the whetstone with which we can all sharpen our education system. Technology can open doors, expand minds, and change the world, but it's not the panacea it's been made out to be. As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it's not going to replace a teacher anytime soon.
Napa High School’s student newspaper, The Beat of the Drum, has gone digital in an effort to keep up with the times and attract more readers. Students update the website daily and also maintain Facebook and Twitter feeds for the California school's monthly publication.
Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Superintendent John Marciante's goal is to have every sixth- through eighth-grade student learning in a digital instructional environment by September 2017, and give fifth graders access to shared Chromebooks.
Students in the Ballico-Cressey K8 School District in northeastern Merced County are using Chromebooks, Galaxy tablets, and netbooks for learning. The Pearson educational software company is providing the online curriculum and training.
School boards are sometimes attracted to shiny things—like iPads. The district claims it wants to close the technology gap, but Corvallis, Ore., isn’t particularly resource-lacking. Most students have the basic resources available for homework and research, and students who don’t have access can utilize not only school computers but also library technology.
New research by Anne Fernald, a psychologist at Stanford University, showed that, at 18 months, children from wealthier homes could identify pictures of simple words they knew—“dog” or “ball”—much faster than children from low-income families. By age 2, the study found, affluent children had learned 30 percent more words in the intervening months than had children from low-income homes.
One side to the technology debate revolves around storage of the copious amounts of data collected by schools, districts, and state education departments. So much data is floating around that districts across the U.S. have turned to private companies to store information in the cloud. These companies protect files with high-level encryption, but still, privacy rights advocates are challenging districts that rely on third parties to store data outside of schools.
Consultants hired to give Missouri education officials guidance on how to better support troubled school districts offered a grim assessment Monday about the task that lies ahead.
March 19-22, 2014
Minority young men are considered by their white peers to be cool and tough; minority young women, on the other hand, are stereotyped as "ghetto" and "loud."
Incoming state school Superintendent Carey Wright gave strong endorsements Thursday to the new Common Core education standards and prekindergarten education.