Education News from Washington Post
Empathy is one of the five main tenets of social-emotional learning (the others being self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and responsible decision-making). While it isn’t possible to force someone to have empathy, it is possible to facilitate the development of empathy in young people and that’s what D.C. Public Schools has been doing in a rather unusual way.Read full article >>
Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall came out as gay at a Pride Day assembly on Wednesday, breaking decades of silence in an emotional address to the student body. Standing next to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and David A. Catania (I) — the first openly gay D.C. councilmember — Cahall gave this speech, what he titled his “Introduction of Mayor Gray at the Capitol Gay Pride Day.” The following is Cahall’s speech, as it was prepared:Read full article >>
Arlington Public Schools on Wednesday received a prestigious regional award for excellent performance.
The Medallion of Excellence Award is presented by the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Awards for Virginia and the District of Columbia to a top-performing organization in the fields of business, nonprofit, education or health care. Arlington is only the ninth school district in Virginia to receive the award since it was founded in 1983 and the first school district in nearly a decade to be recognized.Read full article >>
Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall came out to his students as gay at a school-wide Pride Day event Tuesday, shaking as he said that he had “hid in the shadows for the last 50 years” but was inspired by his students to declare his sexual orientation openly.Read full article >>
Prince George’s school board member Curtis Valentine, a former middle school teacher, hosted a forum in February to discuss ways to increase the number of male teachers in the school district.
On Thursday night at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School, Valentine will take the lead again, discussing another topic he is familiar with.Read full article >>
Lynne Rigby and her husband Brad live outside of Orlando, Florida, with their five children who have attended a Seminole County public elementary school. Rigby, a former public school teacher and photographer, wrote a letter to state and local officials explaining why, with great sadness, she and her husband are pulling their children out of public schools. No longer, she says, can she accept the effect that high-stakes standardized testing and other school reform measures are having on her children. She posted the letter on her blog so that her friends could see it, and she has gotten a much bigger response than she expected.Read full article >>
One of the features of corporate school reform is the interest that Wall Street has shown in supporting charter schools. Why? No doubt hedge fund managers would say they want to support education and help young people have educational choices. But here’s another part of the answer, written by Alan Singer, a social studies educator in the Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, and the editor of Social Science Docket (a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for Social Studies). He taught at a number of secondary schools in New York City, including Franklin K. Lane High School and Edward R. Murrow High School. He is also the author of several books. This appeared on his Huffington Post blog.Read full article >>
The Alexandria School Board is studying whether it can add permanent lights to the football stadium at T.C. Williams High School, renewing a long-standing and contentious debate that has riled those who live in residential neighborhoods near the school west of Old Town.Read full article >>
Montgomery County made more changes to its top school leadership Tuesday, bringing in an educator from Baltimore as its chief academic officer.
Maria V. Navarro, acting chief academic officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, takes the job of chief academic officer in Montgomery County. With 151,000 students, Montgomery is Maryland’s largest and fastest-growing school system.Read full article >>
The National Association of Secondary School Principals is calling for a slowdown in the Common Core initiative, citing educators’ concerns about “the implementation of the new standards in their states and the inadequate training they have received to help them ensure that their teachers are able to change instructional practices.”Read full article >>
Prince William County school officials announced Tuesday that a vote on new boundaries for the 12th high school will be delayed so they have time to respond to an inquiry from the Department of Justice about the boundary-setting process and the projected demographic changes it would cause.Read full article >>
When Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III sought to take over the school system, he said the effort would allow the government to coordinate resources with the school district.
During a recent interview about hitting the one-year mark since the restructuring of the school system took effect, Baker said there is “no confusion that there is one government.”Read full article >>
Andre Perry, the founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and author of ”The Garden Path: The Miseducation of a City” wrote a piece on the PostEverything blog on washingtonpost.com that offers a different take on race and school reform. Perry — who tweets @andreperryedu — wrote in part:Read full article >>
It’s no secret that there is a huge gap between education research and practice. Here’s a new proposal to bridge that gap, by Jack Schneider. an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross and the author of From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education . He tweets @Edu_Historian and is currently co-writing the Ed Week blog K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric.Read full article >>
Prince William County cafeterias are not selling milk this week, after workers reported some spoiled containers of milk.
School officials notified Newport News-based Marva Maid Dairy about the spoiled half-pint containers of milk on May 23, according to a letter sent home to families on Monday. They initially thought it was an isolated incident but later learned about problems in Henrico County with the same supplier.Read full article >>
Maryland’s schools chief is slated to lead her first Twitter chat Tuesday night, in a public give-and-take using the popular social network.Read full article >>
As the Prince George’s County Board of Education begins to work on redefining the school system’s mission, vision and core values, it is also offering input to School Chief Kevin Maxwell as he devises a strategic plan for the district.Read full article >>
Some sixth grade students in Massachusetts who spent hours over several days taking practice versions of newly developed Common Core tests decided that they should be paid for their work and are seeking payment for serving as “guinea pigs.”Read full article >>
Two educators in New York did an analysis of scores on the June 2013 New York State Regents exams and found something interesting that somehow never made it into news stories, including a recent “exclusive” by one New York City newspaper. Read about it what it was below in the post by Carol Burris and John Murphy. Burris, the award-winning principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District, has been chronicling the flawed implementation of school reform and the Common Core State Standards in a series of posts on this blog (here, and here and here and here and here, for example). Murphy is the assistant principal of South Side High School in charge of the school’s English department.Read full article >>
With every new traumatic shooting that rivets the nation’s attention, mental health becomes a hot topic for debate for a short while before dying down until the next disaster. In an attempt to move the dialogue into action, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, and the Cigna Foundation are hosting an all-day forum on Wednesday, June 4, at George Washington University titled “It’s Time to Take Action: Innovative Community Approaches to Children’s Mental Health.” You can learn more here, and read the following post, which details steps that will move the mental health debate from dialogue to action. It was written by Mary Giliberti and Stuart Lustig. Giliberti is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Lustig is the lead medical director for child and adolescent care for Cigna Behavioral Health and associate clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry.Read full article >>