Education News from Washington Post
President Obama went book shopping on Saturday with daughters Malia and Sasha, taking recommendations from the staff of Politics and Prose in Northwest Washington and walking out with 21 books (see list below) that were presumably for gifts, as they were aimed at a wide age-range of readers.Read full article >>
Visitors to the Prince George’s County school system’s Web site can learn about charter school applications, how to prevent and report bullying, and the implementation of new academic standards. But they also are likely to find advertisements for furniture stores and clothing stores, online university programs and insurance companies.Read full article >>
A public school teacher in Delaware wrote the following moving piece but asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation. It explains what is happening to many teachers who are being given scripted lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards by their principals and district superintendents. Note that this teacher is not opposed to standards. It’s an important point, as critics of the Common Core’s implementation in many school districts have been accused of being opposed to standards and wanting to keep the “status quo.”Read full article >>
Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., suggests a new way to make progress in education policy -- through engineering design thinking. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.comRead full article >>
For Emily Butler Ball, the after-school hours seem brief and busy for her two children, who are in first and second grade. School lets out at 3:30 p.m. Her son and daughter sometimes go to choir. They always have homework. They like to play outside.Read full article >>
More than half of the respondents in a survey polling Fairfax schools employees said that the county’s supervisors should be removed from their jobs for failing to fully fund public education.
In a wide-ranging survey by the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, respondents showed signs of frustration on questions related to the school’s $2.5 billion budget. The school system faces a projected $132 million deficit next year due to rising health insurance costs and growth in student enrollment, which is expected to crest 190,000 students in the next five years.Read full article >>
The year is not quite over but veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo already has his list for the best/worst education news of the year, and here it is. Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written five books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. See if his list resembles your own.Read full article >>
Ten portable classrooms spread across the playground and grassy fields at Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School, a sign of ever-increasing crowded schools. The Rockville campus has more students than it has capacity, so every fourth-grader spends most of the day in a trailer.Read full article >>
Members of the senior class at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County were recently summoned to the auditorium to discuss what they needed to do before getting their diplomas in the spring.Read full article >>
Are the turkeys on your Thanksgiving dinner plates really the dumbest animals in the world?
Given that sponges and jellyfish are animals, and they don’t have as much as a single brain cell, the answer would seem to be no, but let’s just look at the the universe of animals with brains, however tiny.Read full article >>
Fairfax county leaders spoke frankly yet cordially as supervisors and school board members gathered Tuesday to discuss next year’s budget.
County executive Ed Long said the schools and county supervisors face a “daunting task,” as they look to fund operations and services.Read full article >>
A new, five-story urban elementary school in Falls Church may open next fall for about 400 students to address concerns about surging growth in the Bailey’s Crossroads area, Fairfax school officials said Tuesday night.Read full article >>
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $20 million this year in grants to institutions and organizations to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, continuing the hefty support it has provided since the initiative began more than five years ago, according to its Web site.Read full article >>
Improving middle schools is one of the D.C. school system’s three main spending priorities for next year, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday night, kicking off a budget process that she said has been redesigned to be more collaborative and less contentious than in the past.Read full article >>
A program called Success for All, born in Baltimore 26 years ago to improve elementary schools, has set a record for most glowing reports from tough researchers.
But the latest study showing how well it works also hints at why it has not become more popular: It uses ability grouping and scripted lessons, both disliked by many teachers.Read full article >>
“No one really cares, do they?” That is one of the reasons for why No Child Left Behind won’t be rewritten, according to a new report on what “education influentials” think will happen in the world of education.Read full article >>
The art teacher at Greenbelt Elementary School is on a rotation, spreading his time among three other schools in Prince George’s County.
To Ingrid Hass, a parent of two students at Greenbelt, the schedule is unacceptable, for the teacher and especially the students.Read full article >>
What Americans think they know about the history of Thanksgiving doesn’t always square with the truth.
For example, it is generally believed that in 1621, the Pilgrims invited Wampanoag Indians to a feast in Plymouth Colony to celebrate their first harvest, and a good time, with turkey and pumpkin pie, was had by all. Well, maybe, and maybe not.Read full article >>
The Alexandria School Board is seeking input on what qualities city residents hope to see in the new superintendent.
Parents and community members can offer feedback through an online survey or through a series of forums scheduled for next week.Read full article >>
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year, the Rhodes Trust announces its next class of Rhodes Scholars, the elite academic club that counts prominent politicians, academics, journalists and one president among its alumni.Read full article >>