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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nashville Replaces Algebra and Geometry With Integrated Math

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Next year, Nashville public schools will begin the transition from teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to teaching integrated math courses, which weave together concepts from each discipline…integrated math is not exactly a novel concept—but it’s gotten renewed attention under the Common Core State Standards. The standards lay out both the traditional and integrated approaches for teaching high school mathematics and suggest schools choose one…At least three states—North Carolina, West Virginia, and Utah—have recently mandated that all public high schools use integrated math. Georgia has technically been using integrated math since 2008—but it hasn’t been popular. Nearly 85 percent of Georgia teachers participating in a recent survey administered by the state’s board of education said they would rather be teaching the traditional pathway than the integrated one.”(more)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One school puts its mark on Maker Movement

E-School News – Jane Roberts

“The creative, tinkering brain atrophied, and quite logically, people began to think they couldn’t solve the problems they see in the world, says Leigh Mansberg, assistant head at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tennessee Offers Free 2-Year College Education to Residents

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is offering high school graduates a full scholarship at two-year colleges within the state. Haslam created the program in hopes of diminishing the issue of affordability in college attendance.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sharpen the pencils: Tennessee revives cursive teaching

Reuters – Tim Ghianni

“Children in Tennessee will have to get used to holding a pencil again next year when new cursive handwriting standards go into effect in schools throughout the state.” (more)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Healthy Kids Act Constraining Schools’ Culinary Activities

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 went into effect on July 1, and is in place to assure that nutritional standards of food and snacks for grades K-12, are made with less fat and salt. The act also places the US Secretary of Agriculture in charge of school cafeterias, lunch lines, hallway vending machines, bake sales, and everything food-related.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chattanooga School of Language provides learning opportunities

Nooga.com – Megan Ferguson

“…more and more parents are seeing the benefits of exposing their children to different languages because of its cognitive and social advantages…when people learn another language, they learn another culture. So opening children’s eyes to other cultures in the world broadens perspective and awareness of other people in the world.” (more)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

German Homeschooling Family Finally Granted Asylum in US

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Romeike family, formerly of Germany, now calls Morristown, Tennessee, home. Ben Waldon of ABC News writes that the Romeikes were forced to flee Germany in 2008 because of their desire to home-school their seven children.”(more)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

The New York Times – Richard Perez-Pena

“Public colleges have sharply raised their prices since the 1990s in the face of declining state support, but a plan by Tennessee’s governor to make two years of community college and technical school free for all students represents a striking reversal of that trend.”(more)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rival Strategies for Running Schools Put Memphis in Hot Seat

Education Week – Jaclyn Zubrzycki

“After decades of financial strife and low academic performance, this city’s struggling school system has become a laboratory for competing school governance and improvement strategies—and a management challenge of the first order.”(more)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Graduate Program Works To Diversify The Science World

NPR – Steve Haruch

“A graduate science program in Nashville is helping write a powerful counternarrative — and it has some pretty impressive numbers to back it up — even if there isn’t wide consensus yet on the reasons why they’ve done so well.”(more)