Although the Fairfax County School Board faces projected budget deficits and each year asks the Board of Supervisors for more taxpayer money to fund its regular operations, it also has found a creative way to pay for projects and add items to classrooms: a fund filled with millions in leftover cash.Read full article >>
When more than 150,000 Montgomery County students head back to school Monday morning, many of them will find new technology in their classrooms.
While classes were out this summer, the school district replaced more than 9,300 computers. It installed wireless networks in more than 100 schools. And more than 2,000 classrooms will have new interactive whiteboards.Read full article >>
When one of Mary Hawkins-Jones’s students said she wanted a slot on the school news broadcast, there were doubts about whether the fourth-grader could do the work.
The student was autistic and had some tics that would have made it hard for her to run cameras or interview guests for the show. But Hawkins-Jones sat down with the student to come up with a plan that would allow her to work through those obstacles, meeting every Monday morning to practice and rehearse.Read full article >>
Sharon Ackerman got her first teaching job in Loudoun County not long after the schools integrated. She taught fifth grade at Aldie Elementary School, where some of her students, enrolling for the first time, were as old as 14 and as tall as she was.Read full article >>
Here's the story of how one teacher came to realize that what she did in the classroom for her students wasn't enough. This was written by Hillary Greene, who has taught middle school for three years in independent, public, and public charter settings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She graduated from Brown University and completed the Shady Hill School Teacher Training at Tufts University. She is interested in teaching and teacher-education research. Connect @hillarylgreene on Twitter. You can read earlier post of hers here, "Why Teachers Feel So Alone."
The controversy over academic testing has spread to an unlikely frontier in Washington: preschool.
Some D.C. parents are protesting a proposal by the city’s public charter school board to rank preschools based largely on how children as young as 3 are performing on reading and math tests.Read full article >>