Following a social media campaign last week, a group of parents and educators plan to rally at the Statehouse in Indianapolis Monday afternoon in support of state superintendent Glenda Ritz. The event, organized by the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, is slated to feature speakers including House minority leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), Rep.
Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 2:26 pm
Chris Reynolds will never forget his first day at the University of Michigan. He and his dad got up superearly and drove nine and a half hours from Sellersville, a blue-collar factory town in Pennsylvania, to Ann Arbor.
"My father literally just dropped me off and then left," Reynolds says.
His dad couldn't afford a hotel, so they took about an hour to unpack the car, said their goodbyes, and his dad drove off.
A French teacher who made the language come alive ... a drama teacher standing on his desk proclaiming, "I love you" ... the gift of reading through Shakespeare and Harry Potter. All week you've been sending in stories of your inspiring teachers.
Here's another installment:
Let's start with Meghan Sickmeier on Facebook:
Harriet Dickens-Plimmswood remembers a history teacher who taught her the value of tolerance:
Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:29 pm
Students aren't the only ones getting report cards these days. More than a dozen states now grade their public schools using the traditional A through F system. North Carolina is the latest to try it, and most of its high-poverty schools received D's and F's from the state education agency last week.
At Allen Middle School in Greensboro, N.C., nearly every student gets free or reduced-price meals. Between classes, preteens roam the bright hallways that are lined with inspirational quotes.
Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:03 pm
Our "Tools of the Trade" series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks.