Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs nationally declined for the first time in more than a decade, reflecting lingering effects of the economic downturn, according to a national survey released Tuesday.Read full article >>
In the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received.Read full article >>
Montgomery County school officials could take a major step Tuesday toward updating the district’s teaching of sexual orientation, with proposals calling for introduction of the topic a year earlier in middle school and an end to scripted lessons with required phrasing.Read full article >>
On Easter Monday, when Montgomery County opened schools to make up for a snow day closing, many students didn’t make it to classes.
Nearly 20 percent of students were absent that day, schools officials said. In Maryland’s largest district, with 151,000 students, that means more than 30,000 seats were empty.Read full article >>
The commencement speaker purity bug has hit Smith College.
The Northampton, Mass., women’s college announced Monday that International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has withdrawn as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker due to faculty and student protests over the IMF’s policies.Read full article >>
Teenagers are forever gracing (cursing?) the Internet with their social media antics. But this time — welp! — their teachers are encouraging them.Read full article >>
One of the problems with research of any kind, including and especially in education, is the problem of confusing correlation with causation. This sounds technical, but it really goes to the heart of the problem with research that confuses the first for the second. For example, a study may report that test scores rose after implementation of a specific academic program, and the conclusion could be made that the program helped. But the test scores could have risen for any other number of reasons, including kids eating better breakfasts or being tutored outside of school.Read full article >>
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New professional development programs have been added this summer from the leaders in Holocaust Education. Model active and collaborative learning, address CCSS, and explore the medium of visual history testimony at a program near you or schedule a no-cost training program for your school district.