Caleb Cantres-Maldonado was all of 6 weeks old and just stirring from a nap when his mother propped him up and pointed him in the direction of a picture book.
“Look what I have! See the book?” said Milenka St. Clair, a family support worker who visits Caleb’s Manassas home once a week. “It’s a drum! What else do you see?”Read full article >>
Albert Lewis sounded like a basketball coach cheering on his team before the big game.
“We are!” Lewis shouted.
“All in!” the youngsters yelled back in unison.
“We are!” he said.Read full article >>
Is is time to kiss America's most famous school reformer goodbye? Larry Cuban thinks so -- and below he explains why. Cuban was high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His new book is "Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education." This post appeared on his blog.
Leave it to Stephen Colbert to find a way to make Thomas Jefferson funny. That's what he did when he was speaking to graduates at the University of Virginia -- but he wasn't the only commencement speaker to get the attention of the crowd this graduation season.Read full article >>
A blast from the past: a 1956 short film with tips on the right and wrong way to take a test. See what's changed and what hasn't.Read full article >>
Five years ago, I thought I was going to catch Miriam Hughey-Guy, principal of Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington County, making an excuse for her school’s failure to reach federal proficiency targets three years in a row.Read full article >>
When W. Taylor Reveley IV becomes president of Longwood University on June 1, he will be the third W. Taylor Reveley to lead a Virginia university in the past 50 years.
His grandfather, the late W. Taylor Reveley II, was president of Hampden-Sydney College, just down the road from Longwood, from 1963 to 1977. And his father, W. Taylor Reveley III, has been president of the College of William and Mary since 2008.Read full article >>
Karen Lewis, the fiery leader of the Chicago Teachers Union who led a strike last year and became a nationally known anti-school reform figure, has been elected to another three-year term as president. Today she will lead the first of three days of protests against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close 54 public schools.
Vouchers have been at the center of the school choice movement for many reformers, but they may be in trouble. Here making that argument is Abby Rapoport of The American Prospect, where this appeared.
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Montgomery County high school students have been failing their final exams in math at high rates for five years, according to data released Friday night by school officials.
The new figures are similar to those released several weeks ago for January’s exams, which showed high failure rates across seven high school math courses — with a majority of the 30,000 Montgomery students who took the tests flunking.Read full article >>
Thousands of Fairfax County school employees are likely to receive raises in January as the School Board looks to boost lagging morale in the workforce.
Board members focused on teacher compensation Thursday as they worked to finalize next year’s $2.5 billion budget and address recent reports that Fairfax employees have sought jobs in neighboring districts with higher pay.Read full article >>
D.C. Public Schools officials say they anticipate sending fewer than 350 “excess” notices to teachers whose jobs have been eliminated because of budget cuts or changes to academic programs.
That number is in line with recent years despite the fact that 13 schools are slated to close in June, displacing hundreds of teachers. DCPS Chief of Human Capital Jason Kamras said the school system has worked closely with the Washington Teachers Union to match educators in closing schools with vacancies elsewhere.Read full article >>
In one of its final actions under the current school governance structure, the Prince George’s County Board of Education voted to hire more than a dozen employees who will work for and report to the board.Read full article >>