K12 Headlines

9/17/2014

9/17/2014

Pennsylvania law forbids guns in schools, but there is a carve-out for firearms used for lawful purposes. A new bill would clarify ambiguous language and offer the option of extra protection for rural districts that rely on state police.

9/17/2014

The Compassionate Schools Network, a free online community for individuals interested in compassion in education, hosts a Facebook-like community sharing platform, acts as a resource-sharing center and provides information and tools for compassionate schools. The website is geared towards primary and secondary education.

9/17/2014

For many years, rankings have been a go-to source for families immersed in the college-selection process. Underneath it all, rankings have hotly debated methodologies, are harmfully laser-focused on limited, time-lagged quantitative criteria, and fail to provide a true picture of a college or university experience. Rankings form only a small percentage of data sources in a complex conversation.

9/17/2014

ADMITster.com, a new college admissions planning tool, launched to help students learn what they can do to improve their chances of acceptance at U.S. colleges and universities. The ADMITster What If? Engine allows users to adjust key performance variables to see how changes in academic, extracurricular or leadership profiles affect their individual likelihood of admission.

9/17/2014

Superintendent John Deasy has filed a public records request seeking emails and other documents involving school board members and nearly two dozen companies including those at the center of the controversial iPad project. The move opens a new front in the fallout over a contract between the LAUSD and Apple.

9/17/2014

Video Insight released VI Monitor for Mac. This free VMS client for Mac allows users to access live and recorded video from any cameras on the surveillance system using an Apple computer.

9/17/2014

Derek Moore, the San Jose USD's director of technology services, is coming to Palo Alto to serve as the district's new chief technology officer.

9/17/2014

Santa Monica-Malibu USD's Board of Education could spend up to $34.4 million to upgrade technology across the district. The cash would come from a bond approved by voters and be spent on software, hardware, new staff and more. One big ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

9/17/2014

Schools and districts in the state made modest gains in performance this past school year, according to report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction. Overall, four out of five schools and nearly all districts met or exceeded expectations. There were 116 schools that received the highest rating, up from 86 the previous year.

9/17/2014

A proposed program redesign at the university would raise the requirements for many aspiring preschool, elementary and middle school teachers. Instead of offering a teaching bachelor’s degree, the school plans to offer a master’s of arts in teaching program that could be completed in about one additional year with undergraduate or summer course work.

9/17/2014

The implementation of Common Core has generated an unprecedented explosion in new education technologies. While new guidelines typically result in a windfall for the education industry — as textbooks are updated, test items redesigned, and new workbooks printed — it’s rare that these reorderings make much difference in the lives of students. The Common Core, however, has triggered a flurry of innovations.

9/16/2014

9/16/2014

EMC Publishing launched its new immersive Spanish-language proficiency program, ¡Qué chévere!. The series, which offers five levels of Spanish instruction for middle school through high school students, is available in print and digital format. The new Spanish program will be available in a digital format in EMC Publishing’s Passport learning environment.

9/16/2014

Wow Writing Workshop, LLC started a free program that offers college application essay writing resources. Using online resources, Wow provides a do-it-yourself program, private coaching and college essay review services to help high school students master the application essay. Schools will be able to offer free access to Wow’s Gold package to seniors.

9/16/2014

A positive reinforcement program has now expanded to 20 buildings in Rapid City area schools. First implemented two years ago, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system has created a culture where students are rewarded for good behavior, rather than getting attention for disrupting a classroom.

9/16/2014

Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin this week as part of a new statewide assessment program. Among the reasons for the visits are to identify professional development needs, assess the adequacy of school buildings, and determine if schools are in compliance with state school board policies.

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