Annual Conference highlights -- A walk through baseball heaven: A special tour and reception at Busch Stadium
Dozens of pint-sized zombies descended on downtown Washington on Wednesday afternoon, drawing a crowd of smiling passersby with their Halloween-appropriate rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Charmaine McDuffie grinned as she walked past the performance on Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the Old Post Office Pavilion. “They are so cute!” said McDuffie, who works down the street at the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s nice, she said, “to see kids doing some positive stuff.”Read full article >>
For much of the last year, parents Karen Devitt and Lindsey Parsons have lobbied Montgomery County school officials to bring healthier food into school cafeterias and do more to let families know exactly what food children are able to buy at school.Read full article >>
George Margolies has been tapped as chief of staff for Prince George’s County public schools by chief executive Kevin Maxwell.
Margolies, who has worked in a number of capacities in school districts throughout the Washington and Baltimore region over the past 35 years, will fill the newly created position Nov. 25.Read full article >>
Earlier this year China began a major education reform initiative designed to increase student engagement and end student boredom and anxiety. Curbing standardized testing was one aim. Scholar Yong Zhao wrote about it first in this post, and, now, below, gives us the latest developments. Yong Zhao is the presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon’s College of Education, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education, and is a fellow of the International Academy for Education. This is an updated version of a piece that appeared on his blog.Read full article >>
Do we really need education policies and practices to cover everything that goes on in the classroom? Author Alfie Kohn says “no” and, below, offers basic guidelines that can really help teachers. Kohn is the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “Feel-Bad Education And Other Contrarian Essays on Children & Schooling.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.Read full article >>