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Sunday, March 15, 2015

It’s Pi Day! Let’s have some pie. (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Brad Knickerbocker

“Pi, as anyone who got past 8th grade math remembers, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter – typically expressed as the simple decimal 3.14, the fraction 22/7, or the Greek letter π. So naturally, 3/14 – the 14th of March – is celebrated as “Pi Day.” And since 3.14 is the beginning, not the end of Pi – it can be decimaled on out to infinity – and since the next two numbers are 1 and 5 voila! today’s date 3/14/15 is really special. So let’s all have some pie!.”(more)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Evaluating Md. kindergartners has become a one-on-one mission

The Washington Post – Ovetta Wiggins

“Similar scenarios are playing out across the country as educators increasingly use tests to measure kindergartners’ knowledge in such area as letters, sounds, syllables and number recognition, assessing their needs as they move into the nation’s K-12 public school system. For more than a decade, Maryland has assessed student readiness for kindergarten, but the tests have been revised to align with the Common Core State Standards, a new, national set of academic guidelines.” (more)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast?

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington State are among the first states to tie graduation to new Common Core tests. But critics say kinks still need to be worked out.” (more)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Parent says no mush for his first-grader

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“His complaint was not about the teacher but what was being taught. The first-grade social studies and science curriculum seemed to him “extremely weak.” The parents’ guide said history lessons would focus on “differences between past and present; people and objects of today and long ago.” Geography would be about how ‘people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment; geographic tools used to locate and describe places on Earth’.” (more)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Young children benefit from foreign language study (Video)

WBAL TV – Megan Pringle

“A growing number of parents are enrolling their young children in classes like Spanish and Mandarin Chinese because studies show it can boost a child’s brain function.” (more)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Task Force on Arts Education Increases Awareness of State of Arts in Md. Schools

Afro – Roberto Alejandro

“A new Maryland task force is seeking to create greater awareness of both the benefits of arts education as well as the current state of arts education in the state…The arts…instill capacities that are broadly transferable to other areas of life. For example, imagination, creativity, and innovation are all central to entrepreneurship and thus economic vibrancy.”(more)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Maryland Commissions Study on Students’ Sleep Needs

Education News – Grace Smith

“A study has been commissioned by the Maryland legislature to investigate the sleep needs of teens and the effects of changing school schedules to accommodate sleepy students…”(more)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Demand for STEM workers outpaces supply

The Baltimore Sun – Jennifer Bodensiek

“Unfortunately, not enough students are preparing to fill these positions. And while it is generally popular to voice support for STEM education, short-sighted actions could undermine the industries creating these high-skilled jobs. State and national leaders must promote policies and institutions that foster STEM talent. If they don’t, we’ll miss out on a major driver of economic growth.”(more)

Friday, February 28, 2014

NASCAR used to help connect kids to STEM – Jennifer Franciotti

“When it comes to getting some kids interested in tough topics like science and math, it’s not always easy, but connecting it with something they like might help…Dr. Diandra Leslie Pelecky, the author of “The Physics of NASCAR,” is part of the Nifty 50 series of speakers, a group of top scientists visiting Baltimore-area schools to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”(more)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Maryland schools need $100 million for online Common Core tests, says report

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“A new report from Maryland’s Education Department to the legislature says that the vast majority of schools in many of the state’s counties are not technologically prepared to give new online Common Core-aligned standardized tests and that at least $100 million will have to be spent by 2015 to get ready.”(more)