Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on December 4, 2013
Graduation means more than a mortarboard to toss or a paper to frame. It is a doorway to a future, a doorway that roughly one in five teens in this area will not pass through.
This year, the Stanislaus County Office of Education revved up to get more students past the threshold. A pilot project to help at-risk students in middle grades is being funded by United Way. A Youth Mentoring Summit, convened by Sierra Vista Child and Family Services last month, offered practical advise and inspiration.
On Wednesday, Davis High held a Commit to Graduate event focused on connecting careers and college to taking that stately walk. In its fourth year, the forward-leaning C2G program will send its first class across the stage in May, putting its No Empty Seats slogan to the graduation night test.
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.
Posted by Nan Austin on October 23, 2013
Gregori High’s first homecoming game royalty included a wheelchair rider and an autistic teen, best friend of one of the school’s top athletes.