Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 2:04pm
Robotics and poetry aren’t an ordinary combination. But together, they represent one Pennsylvania district’s expansion from STEM to STEAM, adding an element of art to math and science.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 2:01pm
Shanaysha Sauls, the parent of a city school student and career educator who has served as a member since 2010, will begin her post as chairwoman on July 1, replacing long-time head Neil Duke whose term ends on June 30.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:56pm
A former Armstrong (Va.) High School principal who has held districtwide positions in three Virginia school systems has been named the interim superintendent of Richmond Public Schools.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:51pm
About 75 educators attended a safety drill this week, where Limerick Township (Pa.) Police Chief Bill Albany and Upper Providence (Pa.) Sgt. Rob Solorio gave a presentation about school shootings, answered questions (Is it better to shelter in place or run?), and dispelled some outdated notions about safety ("A cafeteria table is not cover.")
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:38pm
U.S. elementary and middle school students have sharpened their reading and math skills since the 1970s, while 17-year-olds stagnated, federal tests show. Almost half of 9-year-olds knew basic arithmetic last year, up from 20 percent in 1978, according to a U.S. Education Department report. Yet, only 7 percent of 17-year-olds solved routine problems involving fractions, percents, algebra, exponents and square roots, the same level as 34 years earlier.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:33pm
Candy bars, doughnuts, and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix, and baked chips. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:24pm
In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. The director of North Kenwood-Oakland school says this sort of teaching, blending software with human intervention, helps her pupils learn faster.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 3:06pm
The district has swelled about 60 percent in a little over a dozen years, according to the study from real estate consulting group CBRE.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 3:03pm
About 150 teachers, parents and students boarded three buses in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning headed to Harrisburg as part of a rally of more than 800 at the State Capitol to protest Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget cuts to education.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:56pm
The bill was passed around the Senate multiple times with intentions to delay implementation until the 2014-15 school year. After multiple amendments, however, the bill approved by the House on June 4 requires implementation this fall, with a full roll-out over the next two years.