Here’s a great piece on school reform by Los Angeles educator Brock Cohen. He is in the second year of a doctoral program at the University of Southern California and he works at the nonprofit Los Angeles Education Partnership, which helps build organizational capacity in high-poverty schools. He was a teacher for a dozen years in Los Angeles public schools.Read full article >>
Virginia students received their highest scores ever on the modern SAT college admission test this year, and scores also rose in the District even as national averages remained unchanged. Maryland’s scores dropped for the third straight year, according to data for the Class of 2013 released Thursday.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system was forced to return $1.4 million in state funds this year after it failed to approve school construction contracts within a two-year deadline.
The county lost the funding in May after it failed to sign agreements with contractors to handle upgrades to science classrooms at Potomac and Crossland high schools, according to David Lever, executive director of the Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction, which oversees school projects in the state. Lever said it is unusual for a school system to miss such a deadline and lose funding.Read full article >>
The U.S. Department of Education this week recognized seven Washington area schools with National Blue Ribbon awards for exemplary performance.
The schools in the Washington region — including two traditional public schools, one public charter school and four private schools — were among 286 schools honored across the country.Read full article >>
Bring the Prohibition Era alive — Free Lesson Plan Download
Students will learn about the background of the 18th Amendment, the individuals who fought for and against Prohibition, and its eventual repeal. They will learn about the roles of historical figures from the era by taking on their identities for a dinner party and use their new knowledge in a game of Prohibition Pictionary.