Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on April 16, 2014
What do reporters do? What do they study in school? Do you need a college degree to get a reporting job?
This month, I am spending time at career days, explaining journalism’s lofty aspirations, as well as the pound-the-pavement persistence needed. Groups of school kids assure me they can’t wait to become the next Lois Lane. Bob Woodward – who’s he?
Last week, I talked myself hoarse at Caswell Elementary in Ceres. Today, I’m manning a booth at Glick Middle School’s career fair. On April 30, I hope to be enthralling fourth-graders in the Martone Elementary cafeteria. In June, I dust off my academic bona fides and head to Waterford High for a summer school class.
Posted by Nan Austin on April 9, 2014
The Bret Harte Elementary Chess Club faces a loss. Moves made by grown-ups likely have checkmated its plans to go to a national competition in Dallas.
Posted by Nan Austin on April 2, 2014
How much is too much to spend on computers? What might be enough to spend on upkeep and repairs? Should more help for at-risk students be a higher priority? These were the questions Turlock Unified School District trustees wrestled with Tuesday night, exactly the sorts of discussions that need to go on now that funding has been released to local control.
Posted by Nan Austin on March 20, 2014
The intersection of science, math and art takes many forms, offering lots of possibilities for unseen teaching. Also, this week kicked off the spring state testing window and a north Modesto district is one of the first in the state to submit a draft plan for spending extra funding next year.
Posted by Nan Austin on March 19, 2014
Homework: We all had it. We all hated it. But putting aside the history, does it help and are there ways to make homework work better?
Posted by Nan Austin on March 6, 2014
Building blocks of engineering careers morph to help girly-girls feel in the pink in carpet construction zones. Will little lady Legos and GoldiBlox mean more women in STEM fields for the upcoming generation?