Count the American Association of University Women as a fan of Common Core, arguing it will give girls a better shot at higher-paying jobs. While women have a long way to go in the job market, an old yearbook gives a glimpse at how far we have come.
Children without a functional vocabulary start their first day at school already way behind, already on track to fail. Stanislaus READS, which stands for Ready, Engaged, Able, Determined Students, is tackling the sad statistic that only 39 percent of third-graders test as reading at grade level.
Read something naughty today – it’s Banned Book Week. There are plenty of good reads to choose from. I love them particularly because utter indignation got my budding readers to tackle the tough slog that turns learners to literates.
Are the hands-on projects and more student discussions promised under Common Core happening in your child’s class, and is your child doing well with the change? That’s the bottom line for parents, and an opportunity to find out is coming up with parent-teacher conferences, when you have the teacher’s full attention.
A peek at museums 2.0 reveals a new mission for these institutions. In an online talk, Barry Joseph describes his work in education programs with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, starting with the idea that schools need to look far beyond giving every child a computer.
This school year’s catch word seems to be collaboration. Expect to hear it over and over as teachers team up, students do group work and districts weigh ways to bring citizen input into the budgeting process. But collaboration does not always come easily. Expect to hear diverse opinions about how Common Core is going.
The cutting edge comes with a learning curve in educational technology. But ready or not, here we go into a world where the whiz-bang device isn’t the point. It’s what kids can do with them that matters.
Keynote speaker Alex Kajitani’s signature style of merging music with numbers to reach young students and improve their math skills was shared Wednesday at the After School Summer Institute, hosted by the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
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.
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.
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.