Commentary on the news in the fine arts, academics, & athletics
Free children’s books are coming to kids in Baltimore and more than 500 other communities, thanks to a partnership between a teacher union and First Book, a Washington-based nonprofit.
We remember what is perhaps the most famous speech ever made on American soil, on the upcoming occasion of its 150th anniversary.
The assessment consortium to which both Maryland and Illinois belong (PARCC) has released another set of exemplar items to show teachers what’s coming in terms of the tests aligned to the Common Core.
Parents want some answers about what the Common Core is and how it is playing out in their schools with their children. Sometimes, there are no answers yet, but give teachers a chance.
Some new research suggests that fetuses may form some memories about language, a finding that could have implications when it comes to dyslexia and other language-learning deficiencies.
The Md. State Dept. of Ed. produced a video, ostensibly focused on the start of the school year, but in reality, it looks at the Common Core, the biggest news this year in education.
A “learn to read” app is evaluated in the NY Times. We agree with their findings that Learn with Homer is engaging and can help very young children develop good reading skills.
A score lookup function failed at Pearson on alternate, portfolio-based assessments given by Virginia, and there has been some fallout from that fiasco.
A summer writing camp in St Louis means kids get to see their hard work pays off when it comes to producing an actual newspaper.
Workshops this summer have helped teachers prepare to teach the English/language arts standards in the Common Core, adopted by almost every state.
Teachers in one Baltimore City middle school have been accused of changing student grades so students who would normally be held back can be promoted.