Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on December 12, 2013
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre a year ago, schools across the country have scrambled to improve school safety.
After consulting with police departments and security experts, most districts beefed up school grounds with more fencing, security cameras and classroom locks that secure from the inside for lockdowns. The school atmosphere for visitors has changed from, Gee, we hate to bother you, but could you please check in, to a clear cut, explain-your-business approach.
At Rose Avenue Elementary, Principal Diane Scott said shes seen a shift in visitor expectations to match. The biggest change I have seen over the past year is a better understanding of most parents as we enforce safety measures. Requiring every visitor to come to the office and not wait by the classroom doors was a bit of a challenge but accepted, Scott said.
Posted by Nan Austin on December 4, 2013
Graduation serves as a doorway to the future, a door that roughly one in five teens in the area will not pass through. Efforts to get more to graduate have ramped up, with career connections and a mentoring push leading the way.
Posted by Nan Austin on November 28, 2013
Adkison Elementary in Ceres celebrated topping ever-higher testing targets. This year, schools will take a year off from high-stakes test pressure to field test the coming system.
Posted by Nan Austin on November 20, 2013
California focuses on science and math this week, and what’s coming in the Common Core. Confused? Take heart, parents have taken charge and put out their own guides.
Posted by Nan Austin on November 14, 2013
Bullying and discipline form flip sides of the same knotty school problem kids, even good kids, can be mean. Lots of local schools provide activities and assemblies designed to foster a gentler, kinder campus.
Posted by Nan Austin on November 7, 2013
Reporter Nan Austin got a taste of Common Core lessons in fourth-grade math and sophomore English this week at a Washington, D.C., seminar for education journalists. The takeaways: Kids will benefit and many of the changes needed to happen anyway.
Posted by Nan Austin on October 31, 2013
Odds and ends from the inbox touch on Halloween, chess wins and teens with a career-linked gleam in their eye.