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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editorial: It’s vital we keep STEM at top of curriculum

The News-Journal – Editorial

“When people complain about the performance of our public school systems or how U.S. students compare with those from other countries, someone often will argue that schools fail to teach the right subjects.” (more)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Common Core Curriculum Void

NPR – Cory Turner

“Right now, America’s schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation’s young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they’re used to. Because they are tougher.”(more)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Handwriting lovers work to preserve cursive education in schools

The Wausau Daily Herald – Keith Uhlig

“The fate of handwriting has become one of many points of argument when it comes to the education in the age of technology, even getting wrapped up in arguments about the controversial Common Core educational standards adopted by 45 states. When the standards were developed, penmanship classes were dropped. Now, more than a handful of states are fighting to restore cursive instruction.”(more)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Concluded Battle in the Curriculum Wars

Education Next – Mark Bauerlein

“In the Hoover Institution’s Defining Ideas journal, Tom Loveless has a brief, measured examination of today’s curriculum debates. Entitled “The Curriculum Wars,” the essay reviews age-old disputes between traditionalists and progressives in the 80s, 90s, and 00s, then reframes them in light of two recent developments: technology in education and Common Core.”(more)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

STEM skills should be ‘integrated across the curriculum’

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“How do we address the lack of STEM graduates and get more girls into STEM subjects? This is a question that provokes continued debate both in the UK and on a global stage.”(more)

Monday, February 24, 2014

One way to help solve America’s major curriculum problem

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Solving the problem of the traditional curriculum’s too-narrow scope would change those issues so much that every one of them would have to be rethought.”(more)


Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington












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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

La Escuela del Condado de Orange Recibe el Premio Nacional a la Excelencia Académica

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington


Los estudiantes del Condado de Orange han alcanzado un alto rendimiento académico en el programa académico K-12, modelo de alto rendimiento en los sistemas escolares internacionales.


Los EE.UU. sigue un mal desempeño con las comparaciones académicas internacionales como por ejemplo las “Tendencias Internacionales en Matemáticas y Ciencias” y el “Programa para la Evaluación Internacional de Alumnos”.


La Escuela Internacional Renascence, en el Campus del Condado de Orange ™ está trabajando rápidamente y de forma eficiente para ayudar a sus estudiantes a alcanzar un nivel académico optimo, que es común en los países donde se desempeñan estas pruebas internacionales.


La escuela utiliza un plan de estudios único y también unas técnicas especiales para enseñar el material al nivel internacional avanzado. En esta escuela, no hay pruebas de inteligencia, sin embargo, casi todos los estudiantes de esta escuela están aprendiendo a retener materiales avanzados.


Otra característica única del programa que imparte la Escuela Internacional Renascence, en el Campus del Condado de Orange ™, es maximizar el aprendizaje en el aula y reducir al mínimo la cantidad de tiempo que los estudiantes pasan con las tareas. Esta característica deja a los estudiantes con tiempo suficiente para el desarrollo de intereses extracurriculares y también el perfeccionamiento de habilidades de liderazgo.


Como resultado de sus esfuerzos, la Escuela Internacional Renascence, en el Campus del Condado de Orange ™, recibirá dos premios a la excelencia académica durante una ceremonia. La fecha de dicho evento, será el Martes 25 de Febrero del 2014 a las 4:30pm. La dirección es: 2987 Mesa Verde Drive East, Costa Mesa, California. Las fotografías y la realización de entrevistas están disponibles en chino, español e inglés.


Uno podría pensar que esta es una escuela para nerds, pero el campus cuenta con una buena posición en el ranking nacional de atletas y músicos en ciernes y actores. Además, la escuela, organiza una excursión internacional cada verano. Este año un estudiante de octavo grado usó sus conocimientos de español para ayudar con la planificación.


Es emocionante ver a niños de tres y cuatro años de edad hablando tres idiomas. Los niños de cinco años con un gran entusiasmo por aprender los conceptos básicos del álgebra. Los estudiantes de secundaria entusiasmados por explorar cómo se puede conjugar arte, ciencia y matemáticas, para llegar a soluciones creativas y así poderlas utilizar en los problemas del mundo real.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Orange County School to Receive National Academic Excellence Awards

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington


Orange County students achieve high academic performance in a K-12 academic program modeled after top performing international school systems.


The U.S. continues to perform poorly in international academic comparisons like the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).


The Renascence School International™ Orange County Campus is working diligently to help its students reach an academic level that is common in countries that perform well on these international tests.


The school uses a unique curriculum and special techniques to teach advanced, international level material. There is no intelligence testing, yet almost all the students in this school are learning and retaining advanced material.


Another unique feature of the Renascence School International™ Orange County Campus program is that it maximizes learning in the classroom and minimizes the amount of time students spend on homework. This feature leaves students with ample time to develop extra curricular interests and hone leadership skills.


As a result of its efforts, the Renascence School International™ Orange County Campus will receive two academic excellence awards during a ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2987 Mesa Verde Drive East, Costa Mesa, California. Photo and interview opportunities are available in Chinese, Spanish and English.


One might think this is a school for nerds, but the campus has nationally ranked athletes and budding musicians and actors. In addition the school organizes an international field trip each summer. This year an eighth grade student used her Spanish skills to help with the planning.


It is exciting to see three and four year olds speaking three languages, five year olds eagerly learning the basics of algebra, and middle school students exploring how they can blend art, science, and math to come up with creative solutions to real world problems.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What is STEM Education?

LiveScience – Elaine J. Hom

“STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.”(more)