Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on April 9, 2014
The Bret Harte Elementary Chess Club faces a loss, this time because of moves made by the grown-ups.
The club’s bid for a five-day trip to the National Elementary Chess Championships in Dallas has been checked and probably mated. Modesto City Schools says the field trip request did not follow guidelines laid out in its administrative regulations. Specifically:
• No assurance of insurance and liability coverage made through the risk management office.
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?
Posted by Nan Austin on February 26, 2014
Downey High teens display heart for homeless, insight into social ills. Also, those applying for financial aid for next year face a March 2 deadline.