Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on September 18, 2014
WalletHub has judged Modesto the fifth-least-educated city in America, basing that mostly on the high number of adults who never graduated from high school, low number of college grads, few doctors, few techies and fewer kids cracking laptops at top-ranked universities.
On the plus side, the quality of Modesto’s schools and colleges got a much higher rating. It could be argued, then, that there’s hope.
The rankings of 150 cities, unveiled at http://wallethub.com, come with a short summary of what intellectuals do for an area: “Call them what you will: the cream of the crop, the best and brightest, the intellectual elite. But it’s official; the college-educated third of Americans are society’s new upper crust.”
Posted by Nan Austin on September 10, 2014
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.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 3, 2014
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.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 27, 2014
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.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 20, 2014
These first weeks of school, reporter Nan Austin has been seeking out Common Core lessons to watch and get a feel for what has changed. Here are some notes that never made it into the stories.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 13, 2014
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.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 6, 2014
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.