K12 Headlines

5/12/2014

5/12/2014

MIND Research Institute is sponsoring its first-ever Game-a-thon for K12 students. Following the theme “Math is Everywhere,” the Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems.

5/12/2014

Perhaps we should pursue this interesting idea further by asking parents and teachers why American kids don’t seem to do as well as others around the world. Maybe if we talked about high standards rather than “rigor,” we could have a conversation.

5/12/2014

In recent months and years, we’ve started seeing early signs of progress in reversing childhood obesity, a health crisis that many believed was intractable. Despite these signs of progress, overall rates among school-aged youth remain high and there are significant racial and economic disparities in obesity prevalence among children.

5/12/2014

Since Washington lost its No Child Left Behind waiver last month, some school districts are discussing a district-level waiver as an option.

5/9/2014

5/9/2014

Boosting test scores and increasing graduation rates aren't the same as reducing the dropout rate. To do that, educators, legislators and citizens need to focus on how to do a better job of making all of Washington's schools places where low-income students and students of color feel respected, valued and expected to succeed.

5/9/2014

Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for iPad from Adobe, enables users to create and share video stories by using a combination of recorded voice, imagery, music and motion graphics and effects. Adobe Voice is available for free from the Apple App Store and works with Adobe Creative Cloud.

5/9/2014

LearnZillion's 2014 Dream Team of 200 math and English language arts teachers will convene in New Orleans for TeachFest. The group's summer-long collaboration will culminate in the creation of formative assessment tools and resources that will support teachers implementing the Common Core.

5/9/2014

In its investigation of workman comp claims in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun found last year nearly 300 claims were filed by Baltimore school employees because of injuries received through assaults or altercations on the job. The report was so shocking to city leaders, they will hold hearings to look into the problem.

5/9/2014

It's worth debating what's the most fiscally responsible approach to building shelters against natural disasters: that is, whether to raise more money or to fund the projects from existing tax revenue. But leaving schoolchildren's safety up to the whims (and resources) of local voters is the wrong way to go.

5/9/2014

Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools. However, a majority of Chicago area districts would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.

5/9/2014

The Logan-Rogersville School District has hired a new superintendent of schools. Shawn Randles will take over the position for the new school year. Randles has served with the district for five years as assistant superintendent.

5/9/2014

Robyne Thompson has been chosen as the next superintendent of East Lansing Public Schools. She is currently executive director for secondary education for the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

5/9/2014

Anne Arundel County school officials named George Arlotto, the system's current chief of staff and a former principal in Montgomery County, as superintendent of the state's fifth-largest school district and the county's second-largest employer.

5/9/2014

WIN Learning's system is being implemented in four Chicago area districts to help students develop academic and foundational skills. Dolton School District 149, Pembroke School District 259, Prairie Hills School District 144 and SPEED School District 802 recently purchased the web-based Personalized Career Readiness System.

5/9/2014

The New Jersey Department of Education has ordered two charter schools, one in Camden and the other in Newark, to shut down as a result of low test scores. Both City Invincible Charter School and Greater Newark Charter School have been asked to shut down as of June 30.

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