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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tireless quest for more civics instruction winning backers

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Hutchins’ belief in the importance of civics is not merely a matter of personal opinion. An Education Lab blog post in February noted several national studies that suggest teaching students about representative democracy is a powerful tool for academic engagement.”(more)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Focus on STEM fields a revival for shop class

The Seattle Times – John Higgins

“Once considered a dumping ground for students not considered college material, vocational education is beginning a comeback in Seattle with career-oriented programs that combine book learning with hands-on experience.”(more)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Why lawmakers need to invest in STEM education

Crosscut – Patrick D’Amelio

“Washington’s many technology employers are hungry for qualified workers, from the folks who install and maintain the systems that keep buildings running in downtown Spokane, to nuclear physicists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, to agricultural workers in Yakima Valley, to software engineers at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond.”(more)

Guest: Applied bachelor’s degrees help local employers fill skills gap

The Seattle Times – Marty Brown

“Applied bachelor’s degrees are practical, career-oriented degrees that meet employers’ needs in high-demand fields. They add junior and senior levels to two-year professional-technical degrees that would otherwise not transfer and count toward bachelor’s degrees at universities. The degrees vary from a two-year management track on top of a two-year technical education, or a continuation of a technical degree.”(more)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Less lecturing, more doing: New approach for A.P. classes

The Seattle Times – Linda Shaw

“In an attempt to add depth to the curriculum in America’s most popular advanced high-school courses, some local teachers threw out most of their lectures and replaced them with a series of projects. Results so far are encouraging.”(more)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Soapbox: Improved early education will help more kids succeed

The Yakima Herald – George Brown

“Quality pre-K school at age 3 has been shown to improve cognitive abilities (IQ) significantly because the brain is still developing then and has an enormous capacity to grow and learn.”(more)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Washington State May Be Forced To Revive No Child Left Behind

The Huffington Post – Joy Resmovits

“As states face mounting criticism for rushing to grade teachers based on students’ standardized test scores, they confront a crucial choice: Move ahead full-speed on teacher evaluations, or slow down to calm teachers and ensure permanent changes take root.”(more)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Guest: Washington state lags rest of U.S. on STEM education

The Seattle Times – Robin Lake

“You might think that given Washington’s wealth of STEM employers, we would be doing better than the rest of the country — but you’d be wrong, writes guest columnist Robin Lake.”(more)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Many parents feel they have little say in school decisions, poll finds

The Seattle Times – Linda Shaw

“A new telephone poll of parents in seven school districts suggests that most feel welcome at their schools and have the knowledge they need to support their children’s learning. But when it comes to influencing school and district decisions, fewer than half believe they have those opportunities.”(more)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Math struggles start even before kindergarten, state says

The Seattle Times – Jill Tucker

“Don’t just worry about the old math — or the new math. Or whether students use calculators, or don’t have them. New data from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) suggests that the state’s math problem starts before children line up for their first day of kindergarten”(more)