A few weeks ago a group of senior mathematicians, teachers, statisticians, and curriculum developers met in Boston to discuss the future of high school mathematics, revisiting issues addressed by a 2008 conference organized by the Center for Mathematics Education at the University of Maryland. This time, the Common Core State Standards was front and center of the discussion. Participants in the Boston meeting, sponsored by the non-profit Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, formulated a set of recommendations for progressive action in the field and drafted an essay to explain their ideas.Read full article >>
The U.S. Education Department under Secretary Arne Duncan has for years been supportive of public charter schools, even requiring states that wanted Race to the Top money or federal waivers from No Child Left Behind to expand their numbers. Now the department is trying to figure out what requirements to attach to future federal grants for charter schools, and is seeking public comment on its proposed priorities as spelled out in the Federal Register (text of notice below).Read full article >>
College Park wants to become one of the nation’s 20 greatest college towns.
The vision: A community with the reputation of being safer than college neighborhoods in the District. A place where University of Maryland professors and other employees want to live and raise their children. A certified “green community” with a vibrant downtown that has more pedestrians, bicyclists and bus riders than cars. The sort of place that shows up on unscientific rankings of the best places to go to school.Read full article >>
From Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr -- a tweet that education policymakers who like to tell educators what to do should consider:
Labor Secretary Tom Perez: “what do you think” is one of most important sentences for any workplace.
— Joshua Starr (@mcpssuper) December 5, 2013Read full article >>
Many high school students struggle to understand the relationship of unemployment and inflation through the Phillips curve — even those who are taking the college-level Advanced Placement course in macroeconomics.Read full article >>
More students in Prince George’s County passed Advanced Placement exams this year while SAT scores dropped slightly as the number of students taking the college admission test increased, according to data recently released by school officials.Read full article >>
Humble. Compassionate. Experienced. These are some of the attributes that Alexandria students, parents, and teachers said they are looking for in a new superintendent during a community forum Thursday night at T.C. Williams High School.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s proposal to change the hours of high school days is attracting a daily stream of e-mailed opinions, with a large number favoring the changes intended to give teenagers more time to sleep.Read full article >>
One of the biggest debates in public education today is over how to best educate student teacher for the rigors of the classroom. Here is a thoughtful piece on the essence of teaching and the kind of teacher education programs we really need from Mike Rose, who is on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.” This is longer than your average blog post but well worth the time, and is the first of three pieces on teacher education by Rose.Read full article >>