Education News from Washington Post
Thousands of students returned to classes in Montgomery County Monday, as the school year opened with a new technology initiative, a new student code of conduct and a record-high projected enrollment.
Maryland’s largest school system - with more than 154,000 students expected this year — also added a new school, its 202nd: Wilson Wims Elementary, on Blue Sky Drive, in Clarksburg.Read full article >>
Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time.
And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.Read full article >>
The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to allow more students — regardless of family income — to start their school day eating breakfast.
The money for the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program will be given to 481 schools throughout the state, including 84 schools in Prince George’s County and 74 schools in Montgomery County.Read full article >>
Students at Eastern Senior High School were met with balloons and a dance party Monday morning on their first day of school.
They lined up on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules. Every senior at the Capitol Hill school was given a crown.Read full article >>
Here’s a rather unusual back-to-school letter.
It was written by Superintendent Mark R. Cross to the parents of students attending Peru Elementary School District 124, which serves the community of Peru in north-central Illinois with three schools: Northview Elementary School (grades PreK — 1), Washington Elementary School (grades 2 — 4), and Parkside Middle School (grades 5 — 8). There are about 1,000 students in the district.Read full article >>
The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools start class no earlier than 8:30 a.m. because adolescents have unique sleep rhythms that make it harder for them to go to sleep and wake up earlier than other people, and that sleep deprivation can affect academic achievement as well as cause other problems.Read full article >>
The top universities in the latest rankings look much the same as they did a year ago, with only slight ups and downs.
No, we’re not talking about Princeton, Harvard and Yale and where they stand atop U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of national universities. If you want to know how the elites stack up this year in the famed U.S. News ranking, you’ll have to wait until Sept. 9.Read full article >>
When school starts Monday in Montgomery County, the firsts will accumulate quickly at Wilson Wims Elementary School.
The school bell will ring for the first time, signaling the start of the day. Teachers will give lessons in just-built classrooms. Students will eat in a cafeteria in which lunch boxes have never been opened and rush to a playground that has never hosted recess.Read full article >>
This story originally appeared in The Washington Post’s Education Review section on April 9, 2000.
Karen Helbrecht and Gordon Johnson had not investigated the local elementary school before they bought their light green Cape Cod house in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. But after they became parents, they had some concerns about how the school would fit the needs of their daughter Maggie.Read full article >>
Fourteen years ago, I wrote a Washington Post magazine piece about a young couple seeking a school for their daughter, including 12 things to look for in a good school. The article survives online. Parents still ask me if I would change any of those recommendations.Read full article >>
There is no end to the ingenuity of Twitter users. After the success of the #IceBucketChallenge on Twitter to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord), some enterprising young people decided to challenge people, generally people they don’t know, to pay their college tuition.Read full article >>
There was a big to-do recently in New York when new standardized testing results were released and the controversial Success Academies charter chain received very high scores. What, exactly, do the scores really tell us about the schools? Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Washington D.C.-based Albert Shanker Institute, explains. This post appeared on the institute’s blog.Read full article >>
Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn’t always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-15 school year gears up, it’s a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it. Here are some tips from the professionals:Read full article >>
As the 2014-15 school year gets underway, teachers around the country have an opportunity and a challenge to bring into the classroom for discussion — in developmentally appropriate ways — the events roiling Ferguson, Missouri, since a white police officer shot to death an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown on Aug. 9. In the following post, veteran teacher David B. Cohen writes about thoughts he has about the larger meaning of Ferguson prompted by the news as well as interaction he has had with colleagues and others on online communities, including #CAedchat.Read full article >>
(Here’s how the USCCF Ed & Workforce describes itself on Twitter: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education & Workforce promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems.”)Read full article >>
The Arlington County school board on Friday approved a measure to consider appointing an interim member to fill one of two recent vacancies.
The school board will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 to discuss the possible appointment to the five-member board. Currently, the board has only three elected members after two members resigned in close succession.Read full article >>
Blasting state lawmakers for concocting a scheme that he said “fails” children, a North Carolina judge declared unconstitutional a state voucher program that uses public money for students from low-income families to pay private school tuition.Read full article >>
Just when you think things can’t get any worse for kindergartners, they do.
It used to be that kindergartners could play — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best. Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with little or no recess, and in some places, no time for a snack. Homework goes home every day with many kindergartners.Read full article >>