A group of Aspen Hill residents is fighting a plan to relocate Montgomery County’s alternative-education programs to their neighborhood, saying the proposal would disrupt a quiet community, needlessly demolish a school building and waste taxpayer money.Read full article >>
Tensions at colleges come at a time of heightened attention to how the police treat members of minority groups.
Among the 1.5 million Syrian refugees in tent cities cobbled together near the border are thousands of youths who have lost access to a formal education.
This is an exciting week for college football freaks like me. Our nation’s first four-team playoff for the national championship (hopefully to be replaced eventually by an eight-team playoff) begins New Year’s Day. It teaches a lesson that goes beyond sports to how we rate colleges and how we should feel when the most highly ranked reject us. Read full article >>
Ellie Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she decided “on an impulse” to become an English teacher. She got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She chronicled the lessons she learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. Herman, who gave me permission to publish this, was awarded first and third place prizes in the 2014 SoCal Journalist Awards given by the Los Angeles Press Club. She wrote this in January 2014, when she was halfway through her year of observing teachers across Los Angeles.Read full article >>
In this post, veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo offers his annual list of education predictions for the coming year. Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. Read them and see if you can tell which ones are wishful thinking (I would suggest No. 2), and which are more likely to happen, and tell him in the comments what he got right and wrong.Read full article >>