September 21, 2017

September 21st, 2017

Category: News

Delaware News

Delaware Public Media
TeenSHARP opens headquarters in Wilmington
College-level tutoring program TeenSHARP is opening its regional headquarters in Wilmington Thursday. TeenSHARP seeks out promising students of color to help prepare them for higher education during Saturday class sessions at the University of Delaware. “Quite frankly, we’re looking for what we call unapologetic nerds,” said Founder and CEO Tatiana Poladko.

Technical.ly Delaware
The Barn’s Conrad Red Wolves rebrand is just getting started
Like many high schools across the country, Conrad Schools of Science  eventually had to address the fact that their longtime team name had to go. For 80 years, Conrad was the home of the “Redskins.” Today, it’s the home of the Red Wolves, the new name chosen by the students.

Sussex County Post
Carver Academy hosting mural unveiling/community night Oct. 2
A school/community-based work of art in the works for nearly a year will soon be christened at G.W. Carver Academy. On Oct. 2, the Indian River School District’s alternative school will host the mural project unveiling/community night. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, G.W. Carver Academy students worked with local artist John Donato to create several motivational murals that will be on display throughout the school building.

National News

Charleston Gazette – Mail
WV lawmakers hear about policies on teacher seniority, school vouchers
Reducing the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions, and allowing families to put public school funding toward private schooling and home schooling, were both concepts that school employee unions opposed and that saw supportive bills fail during this year’s legislative session. This week, the ideas resurfaced in legislative interim meetings. But this week’s presentations didn’t include details on specific legislation.

eSchools News
Putting the “A” in STEAM education this school year
As more students head back to school, we will continue to hear about how educators can successfully incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education into curriculums from as early as Kindergarten. Whether it’s providing students with hands-on robotics tools where they can learn to code, program and design on their own, or using more in-class devices like Google Chromebooks that familiarize students with technology and problem-solving skills, there are many ways to integrate STEM into the classroom.

The 74 Million
New study finds 1 in 4 teachers chronically absent from classrooms; Problem is three times worse in traditional schools
Teachers in traditional district schools are three times as likely to be chronically absent from the classroom as those in charter schools, meaning they are gone for more than 10 days in a typical 180-day school year, a new research paper has found. In all, 28.3 percent of teachers in traditional schools, compared with 10.3 percent in charters, miss that much time, according to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-leaning education-focused think tank, in a study on teacher absenteeism nationwide released Wednesday.

Tracking students through graduation — and then through college — like no one else in America
Nobody tracks their alumni into and through college like KIPP. And that was strikingly clear the day I spent at KIPP NYC College Prep, a school that’s about half-Hispanic, half-black — and nearly all low-income. Just a day at the school in New York City’s South Bronx explains how KIPP has made such rapid gains in its college success rate: In a college prep class for juniors, KIPP alumni from two different colleges came to tell the highs and lows of college life.

U.S. News & World Report
New documentary explores the digital divide
The United States is likely to reach the goal of making sure every single public school has access to the internet by 2020, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit focused on this milestone. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.” Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. And even before bandwidth, plenty of schools don’t have the laptops or tablets that students need to get online.

 

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