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Sunday, April 6, 2014

New standards for education dredge up old apprehensions

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The new standards, called Common Core and developed by a panel of educators convened by governors and state school superintendents, have been criticized for, among other things, favoring nonfiction passages over classic literature, for de-emphasizing cursive and for introducing new strategies in teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

High-schoolers share intimate stories of prejudice, bullying to foster greater tolerance from peers

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The emotional event was part of USA network’s “Characters Unite” storytelling tour. Since October 2010, the cable network has drawn attention to National Bullying Month by visiting cities across the country to help local students share powerful stories with their peers to foster greater tolerance. Las Vegas marked the tour’s 11th stop.”(more)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Number of top-rated schools down as standards rise

The Las Vegas Sun – Cy Ryan

“More than a quarter of Clark County public schools’ star ratings fell over the past two years, but state officials say that’s because standardized tests are getting more difficult.” (more)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kids’ education affects us all

Vegas INC Bruce Spotleson

“Any adult can read the projections that show our community’s economic future hinging on increases in the graduation rate. Jobs created in the modern marketplace require a more college-educated workforce than Nevada typically produces. “(more)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

George Washington’s dentures? Discovery Children’s Museum lets kids sink their teeth into learning

The Las Vegas Sun- William D’Urso

“Most museums are cold, quiet places with grown-ups who “shush” and signs that say “do not touch.” But Saturday at the Discovery Children’s Museum wasn’t like that at all. Children climbed up the three-story jungle gym, performed skits on a stage complete with lights, sound effects and curtains, and swarmed an endless array of other educational exhibits.”(more)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

‘Their eyes just light up’: Coronado teens experience rewards of mentoring

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“But Kaufman wanted to harness the power of sports in bringing together people of different ages and backgrounds. So a couple of years ago, Kaufman started the Coronado Mentoring Program, picking a new Henderson elementary school to help every year.”(more)

Monday, January 28, 2013

School District making strides in classroom and culture, consultant contends

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The Clark County School District is moving in the right direction but still has a lot of catching up to do.”(more)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Halfway into second year of ‘turnaround,’ schools build on progress but still face challenges

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“School “turnarounds” — much like their corporate counterparts — are drastic measures designed to radically and quickly shift the campus culture and boost student performance at chronically underperforming schools. And indeed, there were many “quick wins” in the first year…”(more)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Adult high schools put students back on a path to achievement

The Las Vegas Sun – Brian Nordli

“More than 20,000 people have enrolled at Clark County School District adult high schools this year. They come as 87-year-olds looking to prove they can earn their diploma and as 19-year-old dropouts.”(more)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Council puts finishing touches on revamped teacher evaluation system

The Las Vegas Sun- Paul Takahashi

“A state-level committee on Friday released its final recommendations for a new way to evaluate the state’s public school teachers.”(more)