Fairfax County schools superintendent Jack D. Dale was released on Sunday from Inova Fairfax Hospital after having emergency cardiovascular surgery last week.
School officials said Dale is not expected to resume his duties until the first week of June at the earliest after he suffered an aortic aneurysm at work.Read full article >>
A new United Nations report titled "Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security" says that at least 2 billion people on Earth eat insects and that they are a nutritious, environmentally sound way to feed people.
When people talk about 21st century skills, more often than not they are talking about things like creativity, the ability to work in a group and solve problems. But there's another skill that cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about here that is just as important. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of "Why Don't Students Like School?" His latest book is "When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education." This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
As he left the presidency of George Mason University last year, Alan G. Merten earned nearly $1.2 million in retirement benefits, making him one of the nation’s top-paid public university leaders, according to a new survey.Read full article >>
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has a great program called Writers in Schools, a 24-year-old literary arts outreach effort that pairs nationally known authors with D.C. public schools. The foundation provides free books to students, works with educators to develop curriculum, and then sends in authors to talk with the students about their works. Following is a story I wrote for the print version of The Washington Post's Education Page that tells the story of what happened at a recent author visit that had never happened before in the history of the program.Read full article >>
Here is an original short story that author and screenwriter James Grady wrote for students at McKinley Technology High School in the District. During a visit to the school as part of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation's Writers in Schools program, a student asked him to write a story about the kids in the book club there -- and he did. You can read a story about how this story came about in the post above.
I wrote a post the other day about Bill Gates' plan to videotape America's teachers as part of a teacher evaluation system, an enterprise that he said could cost up to $5 billion, but, he believes, is worth it. Here is veteran educator Anthony Cody to explain why it isn't.
The GED was designed to give high school dropouts a second chance at higher education and a good job. But every year, hundreds of thousands of teens take the test before their former classmates have graduated, prompting concerns that too many young people are pursuing a GED before they have exhausted their first chance at a more valuable diploma.Read full article >>