Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on July 23, 2014
Spending time with FFA and 4-H kids at the Stanislaus County Fair last week made me think of how much learning those kids get through raising their animals.
Responsibility, empathy and a little bit about life and loss come with raising and giving up a living creature. Asking questions, thinking through problems and collaborating on solutions are key parts of both programs. Kids learn school skills as well, without even realizing it.
What does this symptom mean? Read up on it. Space for a pen? Seed for a field? Better know the formula for area to find those. Fractions come easier if you can eyeball half a scoop of feed.
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.
Posted by Nan Austin on June 18, 2014
Reporter Nan Austin takes part in a national radio show with state and national experts, giving an on-the-ground view of a court decision against some California teacher job protections.