The total includes two new cases identified this week at Gaithersburg High School and College Gardens Elementary School, both of which already had a confirmed diagnosis of the highly contagious illness.,Read full article >>
The 2014 “World University Rankings” were released Wednesday (yes, there is such a thing as World University Rankings), and the outlook for the United States is described as not good. In fact, “worrying evidence” is cited for decline in the United States (which holds 74 of the top 200 spots, down from 77 last year) and Canada as Asian schools rise in the rankings.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin M. Maxwell said recently that auditors from CliftonLarsonAllen have started collecting information to ensure that no county school system funds were compromised during Colby White’s tenure as chief financial officer.Read full article >>
The Obama administration issued new guidance Wednesday to states and school districts aimed at reducing inequities in educational opportunity between students of color and their white peers.
“Even with all the good work that we see around the country, we also continue to see opportunity gaps that need correction,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. She said the country needs to end “the tired practice of offering students of color less than we offer other students.”Read full article >>
For weeks, the Advanced Placement U.S. history course based on a newly revised “framework” for teachers has been the target of intense criticism around the country from conservatives who charge that it is anti-American. While the Republican National Committee is attacking the resolution, saying the framework “emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects,” students and teachers in Jefferson County, Colo., are protesting a suggestion that the course be reviewed to ensure that it promotes patriotism.Read full article >>
Strauss: Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education
World-renowned developmental psychologist Howard Gardner revolutionized the fields of psychology and education when he published his 1983 book “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” which detailed a new model of human intelligence that went beyond the traditional view that there was a single kind that could be measured by standardized tests. (You can read his account of how he came up with the theory here.) Gardner’s theory initially listed seven intelligences which work together: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal; he later added an eighth, naturalist intelligence and says there may be a few more. The theory became highly popular with K-12 educators around the world seeking ways to reach students who did not respond to traditional approaches, but over time, “multiple intelligences” wrongly became synonymous with the concept of “learning styles.” (You can read a piece here by Gardner explaining the difference.)Read full article >>
The most salient criticism throughout the 10-month public process of redrawing school boundaries in the District was that the city should be investing in improving neighborhood schools everywhere rather than reshuffling school assignments.Read full article >>
The District’s charter schools ranked first in the nation in a report released Wednesday that for the first time looks at the quality of the charter school movement.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which released the report, has historically ranked states by the friendliness of their charter school laws. This is its first attempt at evaluating how charter schools are actually performing.Read full article >>