May 22, 2013

May 22nd, 2013

Category: Early Childhood Education, News, Policy and Practice

Local News

The Middletown Transcript
Appo. High educator named Del. School Librarian of the Year
Receiving the 2013 Librarian of the Year Award from the Delaware Association of School Librarians on Monday also was a good moment for Payne, who earned the honor for the second time in five years.

National News

Education Week
D.C. bets big on Common Core
As an English/language arts teacher in the common-core era, Ms. McNair-Lee is part of a massive nationwide push to turn millions of students into powerful readers and writers. The District of Columbia, where she’s taught for 11 years, was quick to adopt the Common Core State Standards. But putting them into practice demands a heavy lift: With their emphasis on mastery of complex text, the standards require far stronger literacy skills than most students here—and many in the 46 states that also adopted the common core in English—currently possess.

The Washington Post
Common Core clash: AFT president fires back at state education officials
The head of a major teachers union fired back Tuesday at state education officials who had dismissed her call for a moratorium on stakes associated with new standardized state tests in public schools. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said Chiefs for Change, a small group of state education officials, was distorting her call for a moratorium on the use of new standardized tests based on Common Core standards to evaluate teachers and students.

Albany Times-Union
Recognizing ‘Master Teachers’
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, announced a four-year, $60,000 stipend to high-performing science and math teachers willing to serve as mentors and coaches. Once chosen, these master teachers will work to help other secondary level science and math teachers become more effective.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
All-day kindergarten approved in education bill
Most Minnesota parents will have access to free, all-day kindergarten beginning in 2014 under a $15.7 billion education funding approved by the legislature. All-day kindergarten will be optional, but sponsors expect most districts to provide it. The bill includes $485 million in new money and a $40 million boost in scholarships for lower-income families to send their children to high-quality preschools.




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