Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on July 30, 2014
Todays topic is sportsmanship, that quality we all value so highly but speak of so rarely.
Lets face it. Winning may not be everything, but it tends to be everything we talk about. Coming in second place, even out of an exemplary field of hundreds, is called losing.
Many pro sports figures appear never to have heard of the concept, and maybe it is an outdated notion in a world where embellishing injuries in soccer and chest-thumping after a hard hit in football are the norm.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 23, 2014
Fair farm animals versus dittoed sheets: Two ways of learning lay out the hopes for hands-on, real-life Common Core lessons, compared with the assembly-line stress too many classrooms endured over the past few years. Here are some tips for parents on what to look for and ways to help their students thrive in the coming school year.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 16, 2014
It’s mid-July and summer is more than half over for schoolkids and teachers. Time to take those day trips to the beach or camp under the big trees.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 9, 2014
Results of a first-ever international test of 15-year-olds’ financial savvy released Wednesday shows plenty of room for improvement in U.S. schools.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 3, 2014
For Independence Day week, the nation’s growing confusion over Common Core standards seemed like a good topic to tackle.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 2, 2014
Faster action in egregious cases of misconduct by teachers has been signed into law. Teachers, too, are applauding AB 215, a reform that addresses concerns of a controversial case that also took on teacher tenure and seniority. A new poll finds public opinion is solidly behind changing those laws as well.
Posted by Nan Austin on June 19, 2014
Last week June 15, tucked away in a budget trailer bill, the legislature passed language that, if voters pass a rainy day fund initiative in November, would make it illegal for most districts to hold more than 6 percent in reserve, enough to cover less than three weeks’ expenses.