Here's a sweet Fathers Day piece by Santa Clara University student Nicole Pal about how her father, Allan Pal, influenced her education.She grew up in San Jose, California, and will graduate in 2014 with a degree in web design and computer engineering. This summer she is building a solar-powered home "Radiant House" for the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition.Read full article >>
Johnathon Carrington grew up on the sixth floor of a low-income D.C. apartment complex, a building most recently in the news for a drive-by shooting that injured 13.
His parents told him early on that education could be his escape, and Carrington took them at their word. He graduated Friday as the valedictorian of his neighborhood school, Dunbar High, and against all odds is headed to Georgetown University.Read full article >>
A few massive open online course (MOOC) learning opportunities while school is out:
How to Learn Math (Stanford University, OpenEdX). For K-12 math teachers, parents and tutors; designed to change students’ relationships with math. (Student version of the course planned for after summer.) Starts July 15, runs 12 weeks. online.stanford.edu/course/how-to-learn-math.Read full article >>
At Crossway Community Montessori School, on a typical morning, adults greet little ones with handshakes. Children covered in aprons wipe down tables, wringing soapy yellow sponges. And students working with mathematical models move to the next learning activity when they choose — not when a teacher tells them.Read full article >>
Remember when summer was a delicious three-month break from reading, writing and math? Now it’s more likely seen as that period between school years in which too many kids forget too much of what they just spent months learning.Read full article >>
In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category: Florida just passed a law making it illegal to evaluate teachers on standardized test scores of students they never taught. If you are wondering why such a law would be necessary, here's why:
Stacie Brockman is the Prince George’s County mother of lively twin 9-year-old boys. Her sons were born two months premature. She has done everything possible to deal with the disabilities that often impede the progress of such children.Read full article >>
Watch this video and think about the nightmare it is for many kids with disabilities to take standardized tests.Read full article >>
The Supreme Court will soon hand down its verdict in a case that challenges racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas. In this post, Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the nonprofit public policy research organization The Century Foundation, and a proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions, looks at the issue. This appeared on the foundation's blog.Read full article >>
To the long list of perks of being a senior, add this one: Organizing a rock concert can count as your final project.
Ten 12th-graders from Yorktown High School in Arlington and Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County spent their last three weeks of high school getting a crash course in arts management at Artisphere in Rosslyn. The culmination of their work is a battle of teen bands tonight at the arts center.Read full article >>
To boost the flagging graduation rate at T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria leaders decided to open a satellite campus with a more flexible online curriculum tailored to students with complex lives.Read full article >>
Calvert County school officials on Friday denied a request to clear the school record of a 5-year-old boy who was suspended for bringing a cowboy-style cap gun onto a school bus last month.
The kindergartner, who tucked the orange-tipped toy gun inside his backpack so that he could show it to a friend, was suspended May 29 for 10 days. After a disciplinary conference that scaled back his punishment to three days, he returned to Dowell Elementary School in Lusby. A request to remove the offense from his record was considered separately.Read full article >>