K12 Headlines

6/14/2013

6/14/2013

"We're developing a school forest," explained art teacher Jim Bias, from Edgewood Middle School in Mounds View, Minn. This is one of 25 electives offered this year for Edgewood's new STEAM curriculum.

6/14/2013

When Principal Donald Lilley was hired nine years ago to improve Annapolis (Md.) High School, he discovered what appeared to be two schools under one roof. “My African-American ninth grade males … I’d say 73 percent, had less than a 2.0 grade point average,” he said, compared to whites that were in Advanced Placement and being accepted into college.

6/14/2013

Americans have long looked to our public schools to provide opportunities for individual advancement, promote social mobility, and share democratic values. We believe good schools are essential to democracy and prosperity—and that it is our collective responsibility to educate all children, not just a fortunate few.

6/14/2013

Inside IBM's sprawling campus, James Gould gazed at the water coursing through the device he and his colleagues had constructed from the tank of an old carpet cleaner, several clear plastic CD cases, cotton-like quilt batting and lots of duct tape.

6/14/2013

This is already common practice—for example, in gifted classes, honors programs, and Advanced Placement courses. Some teachers group students by ability within classrooms as well, separating the strong math group or the emergent readers.

6/14/2013

Among several appointments, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence named Dr. David Freitas the Second Congressional appointee. Freitas has served as a school board member, member of the Illinois license board, education official in Massachusetts, and as a dean of a college for more than 20 years.

6/13/2013

6/13/2013

Sibme, an education technology company dedicated to the idea that great kids deserve great teachers, has launched a new iPhone/iPad app that allows teachers to easily record their lessons and upload them for review sessions with peers, coaches and instructional leaders.

6/13/2013

Message notification provider One Call Now continues a growth trend, even in the face of overall economic downturn. The company was recently named #1 on the Dayton Business Journal’s list of top telecommunications companies, up from last year’s #2 spot.

6/13/2013

Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, is launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative designed to provide students who are interested in learning more about IT, an informal learning environment within an open forum.

6/13/2013

For Great Hearts’ administrators, the system automatically processes and tracks applications, calculates waitlists and generates data about a school’s applicant pool to assist with planning and budgeting.

6/13/2013

The Teachscape Effectiveness Platform provides districts and states with tools for classroom observation and evaluation, professional learning, and talent management and supports the development of effective teaching practices throughout an educator’s career.

6/13/2013

Aptly named “Wowzers Summer Explorers,” the free program will allow students who already use Wowzers in their school or classroom environments to easily continue on their learning path by accessing the program on their home computer or mobile devices with the same login credentials at a special summer website – summer.wowzers.com.

6/13/2013

For now, Chicago Public Schools has legally left the door open to the possibility of halting 10 of its 50 historic school closings, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

6/13/2013

London-based mobile games startup Brainbow has more than 1 million people playing its educational game 6 Numbers, eight weeks after it launched for iOS.

6/13/2013

While most of the nation's students are enjoying summer break, teachers in a handful of states are studying – not their fall curriculum, but how to take out an assailant.

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