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Eleven Montgomery high schools get new computer science offerings

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:54am

Computer science courses are expanding at 11 Montgomery County high schools from Clarksburg to Silver Spring in the coming school year as part of a new initiative to boost student understanding of what many see as a vital subject.

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Strauss: Scoring error on one SOL test question meant hundreds of Virginia students who failed really passed

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:59am

More than 500 students in Virginia just learned that their score on the Standards of Learning Civics & Economics test they took last spring rose when it was discovered that the answer to one question was incorrectly scored. For 224 students, getting credit for one more question meant the difference between failing the exam and passing.

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Strauss: No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:01am

No doubt you’ve heard this: ‘Third grade is the year when students go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ The truth is not so clear-cut, as explained here by Joanne Yatvin,  a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University. She also writes books for teachers.

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Strauss: Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:01am

Teachers have long been accustomed to “going along to get along” but increasingly are raising their voices to protest standardized test-based education reforms of the last decade that they see as harmful to students. In this post, Georgia teacher Ian Altman explains what he and his colleagues are really sick of hearing from reformers. Altman is an award-winning high school English teacher in Athens, where he has lived since 1993, as well as an advocate for teachers and students.  He has presented at several national conferences and published in the Journal of Language and Literacy Education. He won the 2014 University of Georgia College of Education Distinguished Alumni Crystal Apple Award as well as the 2012 University of Chicago Outstanding Educator award.

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Known for strong leadership, principal felled by résumé

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:38pm

Robin Anthony Toogood II was an admired educator, the kind of principal who inspires loyalty among other teachers for his compassion and positive attitude. To his students, he was a role model who commanded respect, a leader who handled discipline infractions with a gentle hand.

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Strauss: Michelle Rhee reported to be stepping down as StudentsFirst chief

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:00pm

Michelle Rhee has been the most visible star in the nation’s galaxy of school reformers since she became D.C. schools chancellor in 2007, abruptly quit in 2010, and started an advocacy organization called StudentsFirst in 2011. Now, it is being reported that she will step down soon from her role as head of StudentsFirst at a time when the organization is facing questions about its effectiveness.

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Two charts that show student population growth in Montgomery County

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:24am

Student enrollment has surged in Montgomery County’s public schools, with the district’s forecast for the coming school year reflecting the largest one-year jump since 2000. More than 2,800 additional students are expected to fill classrooms in Montgomery’s 202 schools.

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New D.C. principals trained through fellowship designed to promote talent

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:42am

D.C. public schools announced this week that eight new principals graduated from a fellowship program the school system designed to create an internal pipeline for leaders.

The rising principals are the first graduates of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, which provides 18 months of training and mentoring for promising D.C. schools employees who want to become principals.

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Strauss: Campbell Brown responds to critics (including me)

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:02am

I have recently published several posts about a new effort led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown to eliminate or restrict teacher and other job protections for teachers. (You can see them here, here, here and here.) Brown has appeared on numerous television shows recently arguing that legal job protections for teachers have a negative impact on student achievement; critics say there is no research showing a connection between teacher tenure laws and lower rates of student achievement.  In the following post, Brown responds to the posts I have published as well as other criticism of her activism. Readers, as always, are welcome to respond.

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Manassas principal resigns, loses teaching license after allegedly faking résumé

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:04pm

A Manassas City principal resigned and has lost his teaching license after officials alleged that he falsified most of his educational credentials, presenting himself as having college degrees he did not and slipping through school system vetting procedures.

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High-profile Head Start center in the District loses federal funding

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:18pm

When Congress reauthorized Head Start in 2007, a little girl named Cynthia Martinez-Cardoso from one of the District’s longest-running Head Start centers sat in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lap as she signed the bill.

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Help Wanted: Prince George’s searches for full-time registered nurses for schools

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 6:20pm

The Prince George’s County Public School System is aggressively trying to recruit school nurses to build up its compliment of trained professionals to handle medical emergencies and other needs as it heads into a new school year in two weeks.

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Johns Hopkins U. faces federal probe related to handling of sex assault reports

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 6:15pm

The federal government has begun an investigation of Johns Hopkins University related to its response to reports of sex assault, the school said Tuesday.

The announcement from university President Ronald J. Daniels, in an e-mail to students, faculty and staff, means that the prestigious private university based in Baltimore joins dozens of other colleges and universities nationwide that face similar federal probes.

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Montgomery schools project highest one-year enrollment jump since 2000

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 5:05pm

With school starting in less than two weeks, Montgomery County has firmed up its enrollment forecast: Its student population will surge by 2,864, the largest one-year jump in more than a decade.

Projections call for a record-high student enrollment of 154,153 for the coming school year, said Bruce Crispell, director of long-range planning for Montgomery schools.

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Strauss: Readers’ questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:48pm

I recently published a post about a teacher in Charleston, S.C., who asked Education Secretary Arne Duncan a gutsy question during a video chat Duncan had with educators. Here are some questions that readers have since sent in that they would like to see Duncan answer.

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Strauss: Mourning Robin Williams and ‘teacher John Keating’

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:04pm

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch wrote the following in memory of Robin Williams.

By Diane Ravitch

We have become accustomed in recent years to seeing films in which teachers are shown as lazy, greedy slugs. This fits nicely with the corporate reform narrative that seeks to strip all honor, dignity, and rights from teachers. Teachers don’t deserve those mean-spirited caricatures, nor the treatment they receive from legislatures.

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Wise High School receives ‘Best High School’ award from Steve Harvey

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:47pm

Students and teachers at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro will return to school in celebration mode later this month.

Wise received the Best High School award from the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards during a star-studded program at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday.

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Strauss: Kids can have depression, too, even toddlers. Here’s how to tell.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:26pm

The death of Robin Williams, who was reported to be suffering from severe depression and is believed to have committed suicide, brings into stark relief the very serious but too-often-ignored issue of depression in people of all ages, including teenage students and toddlers.

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Strauss: New NEA leader to nation’s educators: Revolt, ignore ‘stupid’ reforms

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:14pm

To call the woman who is about to take the helm of the National Education Association “outspoken” would be something of an understatement. Lily Eskelsen García, who will take over next month as president of the largest teachers union in the country (and, for that matter, the largest union of any kind in the country), is nauseatingly sick of what she calls “factory school reform” and she doesn’t mind telling everybody about it in clear, challenging words. “Stop doing stupid,” she says.

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Strauss: How high school changed Robin Williams’ life

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:06pm

The late Robin Williams credited his “gestalt high school” in California with sparking his interest in entertainment. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Michigan, where he attended the private Detroit Country Day School. He told interviewers that he was bullied by classmates when he was young because he was overweight, and he played at home by himself a lot. After moving as a teenager to California’s Marin County with his family, he attended the public Redwood High School, where he joined the drama club and became involved in theater. Then he enrolled in Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, California (now Claremont McKenna College), where he studied political science. He left Claremont and attended the College of Marin, where he studied theater, and in 1973 moved to New York to study as one of 20 freshmen at the famed Julliard School. In 1996, he gave an interview to the Detroit Free Press while promoting a movie called Jack, in which he played a boy who has a disease that causes him to age four times faster than normal. In that interview he talked about how much he loved school and was not, perhaps surprisingly, the class clown.

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