Can you imagine getting to study abroad somewhere as exotic as Morocco, and then getting stuck there due to coronavirus? Danford, an American student from the University of Vermont in Burlington, was less than two weeks into what was supposed to be over a month of education and cultural immersion in Moroccan life.
“We went from thinking we might stay there for the whole semester to leaving as soon as possible,” she told ABC News…
Following the announcement on Sunday, March 15
A contrarian view, to be sure, but I can’t say the author’s wrong: In 2015, MCPS (Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools) embarked on a large-scale “equity and excellence” initiative sparked by the findings of a large racial achievement gap in the county. They transformed their entire choice and magnet school programs to give racial preferences to blacks and Hispanics. They established a “Racial Equity and Social Justice Program,” hired extra staff to promote MCPS equity initi
This article makes a lot of sense. I especially appreciate the author’s differentiation between “distance learning” and “online learning”. What are the first steps school leaders should take?
If you’re in a school system that has shut yet, make sure students have as many learning materials as possible to take home with them. Get them backpack-ready.
Then, for middle and high schools, think about moving to a distance-learning model. I’m choosing those words carefully. We’re m
K-12 education should de-emphasize computers and graphing calculators in all but the highest math classes. Too many students are allowed to use electronics as a crutch and thus never learn to walk on their own. I certainly found this to be true on the topic of logarithms, where entirely too many students struggle to solve a problem like 4^x = 8^(x-1) without a calculator. They become masters at knowing what buttons to push, and even of pushing them correctly, but too often
Reports like this make me rub my head and sigh. It’s wrong right out of the gate: Higher education institutions in California and across the country are transforming their approach to math education to ensure that it supports student success and equity. Colleges and universities are adopting new evidence-based strategies including multiple measures placement, diversified mathematics pathways, and just-in-time supports such as corequisite courses. These reforms are expected t
From the US Department of Education: Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON — The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students’ civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep
Adding lessons in probability to this course of instruction might make it “stick” better: Education on gambling will become a compulsory element of the UK Department of Education’s personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum from the start of the next school year.
From September 2020 schools will be required to teach children about the risks of gambling, such as the risks of addiction and the potential to get into debt through the activity. #gambling
This author invites a total restructuring of K-14 education: Any restructuring effort must start with getting the funding right, which means tackling an outdated model based on real-estate values. Pockets of poverty and low levels of homeownership in many urban and rural communities result in lower property-tax revenues. But the challenges of educating students from underserved communities require more, not less, financial and human resources. There needs to be substantial co
The National Education Association announced Saturday that it is backing Joe Biden for president, handing the Democratic frontrunner a prized endorsement ahead of Tuesday’s big-state primaries as he aims to wipe out his last remaining major opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders. How many votes does the NEA’s endorsement change?
Trying to stay away from (and allow readers a break from) the obvious story of the day, I thought it might be fun to list some songs about school. References to school don’t have to be in the title but school should be central to the song’s theme. I’ll list 3, please put your contribution in the comments! The Wall–Pink Floyd My Old School–Steely Dan School’s Out–Alice Cooper (Can you tell when I was growing up?!) #songs
Free and reduced lunch. Students across the country face the prospect of “lunch shaming” when their parents don’t pay whatever lunch bill they owe for their children under the free and reduced lunch program. When government assumed the role of feeding children, should we be surprised that people find other uses for their money than feeding their children? And if the government is going to feed the children, should it not feed the children when their parents don’t do their pa
What is left out of a news story can be just as important as what is in the news story. Case in point: On February 28, 54 graduate students were fired from their teaching assistant positions at the University of California Santa Cruz after striking for higher wages, and 28 more were told they wouldn’t be rehired when the next quarter starts at the end of March.
Many of those dismissed by the university are parents, expecting parents, and international students — and now, the
As of yesterday, this was the governing philosophy in Sacramento County regarding coronavirus: California’s Sacramento County is calling off automatic 14-day quarantines that have been implemented for the coronavirus, saying it will focus instead on mitigating the impact of COVID-19. Today: In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Sacramento County public school districts are canceling classes for up to three weeks.
The closures will begin Monday and affect more than a do
First, San Francisco: A day after announcing San Francisco public schools would stay open as long as possible, officials announced Thursday that all city schools would close for three weeks to try to slow down the progress of the new coronavirus. Then, only 90 miles away, the Sacramento area: California’s Sacramento County is calling off automatic 14-day quarantines that have been implemented for the coronavirus, saying it will focus instead on mitigating the impact of COVID-
Joanne’s off to Africa and handed me the reins, and my first post will be a link to a rant about declining algebra skills in my school district. What’s causing it? I blame the adopted curriculum. Great way to start the day, no? 🙂