Cold temperatures and resulting school closings didn’t stop Fairfax teacher Ken Halla from holding class Tuesday.
For students enrolled in one section of his Advanced Placement Government class, Halla had posted a video online for the teenagers to watch, take notes on and prepare for a quiz later in the week on landmark Supreme Court cases.Read full article >>
For the past two years, many colleges have scrambled to help students find the money they need to stay in school because the federal government tightened standards for lending to parents.
The flux was especially intense for historically black colleges and universities, including Howard and Morgan State universities, which serve a large share of students in financial need.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board is set to decide Wednesday morning whether the Arts and Technology Academy, a large Ward 7 elementary school, should be allowed to continue operating.
The charter board’s staff has recommended that the board vote against renewing ATA’s expiring charter agreement, a move that would force the 15-year-old school to close at the end of this academic year. According to the board’s staff, ATA has failed to meet its goals and academic achievement expectations, including in reading and math.Read full article >>
As President Obama advocates for a dramatic expansion of publicly funded preschool, there is growing debate about whether preschool pays off academically for kids.
Most controversial is the so-called “fade-out” effect that has surfaced in research, showing that students who attend preschool begin kindergarten more prepared than control groups of students who did not, but they lose their edge on reading or math tests within the first few years as other children catch up.Read full article >>
Principals are above all supposed to be “instructional leaders” but exactly what that means -- or how to be effective in that role -- isn’t entirely clear. Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at the research on what makes for an effective instructional leader in the post below. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
Fairfax County’s unprecedented decision to cancel classes because of frigid temperatures Tuesday was partly out of concern for students who walk to school and for those whose parents might not be able to afford clothing that would be appropriate for extreme cold, school officials said.Read full article >>
They arrived not long after sunrise — those whose connections could help steer the course of legislation in Maryland and those who wish they could — and descended upon historic inns, bars and a union shop for breakfast.Read full article >>
The heads of the U.S. units of two major European defense contractors said Tuesday they are stepping down, making way for new leadership at a time when defense spending is being cut.
Sean O’Keefe, the chief executive of Airbus Group’s Herndon, Va.-based North American unit will leave his post in March, the company said Tuesday, while Linda Hudson, chief executive of the U.S. unit of BAE Systems, will cede her role to Gerard J. DeMuro.Read full article >>