The American University community in the nation’s capital was on lockdown for some time on Wednesday night after a man with a gun was spotted on campus. Here is a post about how one faculty member and her class handled the situation -- and the larger issue of whether and how teachers are prepared to deal with such situations. It was written by Sarah Irvine Belson, dean of American University’s School of Education, Teaching & Health, and executive director of the Institute for Innovation in Education.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s school board named a new president Thursday, giving the leadership role to Phil Kauffman, previously vice president.
Kauffman, a resident of Olney, is a second-term board member who retired this year as deputy assistant general counsel with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He was elected Thursday to a one-year term in a 7 to 1 vote.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s schools chief proposed a $2.28 billion budget for next fiscal year, adding 340 positions and boosting spending in Maryland’s largest school district by $56.4 million.
Superintendent Joshua P. Starr released his recommendations Thursday at a Board of Education meeting. He said his planned 2.5 percent budget increase would address a major surge in student enrollment, help narrow the achievement gap and prepare students for “the new” at a time of changes in curriculum and modern workplace expectations.Read full article >>
D.C. Public Schools announced Thursday that it has purchased 85,000 new books for school libraries around the city, an investment that comes after years of pressure from parents and activists.
Schools also have received 4,000 new musical instruments, 2,000 desktop computers and more than 1,300 laptops and tablets, as well as art supplies and science lab equipment.Read full article >>
Are MOOCs already over?
It may seem like an odd question given that the Massive Open Online Courses have been touted as the future of higher education, and that it seems like just yesterday that the country’s major universities were rushing to create courses to grab their share of the expected global market.Read full article >>
There are a couple of footnotes to this week’s story about the purported sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa, who by all accounts was rendering speeches from VIPs into something that was not any recognized sign language.Read full article >>