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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

‘Hero’ teacher tackles shooter in Washington high school (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Donna Gordon Blankinship

“A popular teacher being hailed as a hero for tackling a 16-year-old shooter inside a Washington state high school said he did what any other U.S. educator would do: He ran toward the gunfire instead of away from it. Brady Olson said three other staff members reacted the same way when a student fired two shots into the air in the school commons before classes began Monday morning. No one was injured at North Thurston High School in Lacey, about 60 miles southwest of Seattle, and the shooter is in custody. “No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this, so I’m very thankful that we’re all OK. As always, students come first and today was no different,” Olson, an Advanced Placement government and civics teacher, said in a statement.”(more)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Poverty can change kids’ brain chemistry, but educators in Spokane learned how to counteract it

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“As research mounts underscoring how ineffective school suspensions are for correcting student misbehavior, a parallel truth bears repeating: Some kids are not easy to handle. Often, they do a lot more than curse teachers or talk back, as the new film “Paper Tigers” shows. In it, James Redford (son of Robert) profiles a high school in Walla Walla that was full of kids who’d been kicked out of other programs. They threw chairs. They did drugs. They appeared unreachable. But when school leaders began to understand the role of trauma in students’ behavior, things changed. Brain-changing trauma isn’t limited to living in a war-torn country or watching your family killed. It can come from something as common as poverty. Or divorce. And it has powerful, long-lasting effects. This came to light through research by Robert Anda in the early 1990s. A physician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who was studying cirrhosis of the liver and lifestyle-related cancers, Anda discovered that the vast majority of sufferers — 83 percent — had experienced some form of childhood trauma. He created a catch-all term for them — “Adverse Childhood Experiences,” or ACES.”(more)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Are students getting enough STEM?

E-School News – Alex Cornacchini

“Washington residents are concerned about the state’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, according to a survey conducted by Washington STEM, a nonprofit aiming to improve innovation in STEM education in Washington state. Only 45 percent of Washington residents surveyed believed that schools are providing adequate STEM education programs, as opposed to 94 percent who believe every child should have access to suitable K-12 STEM programs. Surveyed Washington voters reported that they view STEM education as critical for preparing students for success. As state lawmakers debate Washington’s education system, the poll shows strong support for STEM education from elementary education through high school.”(more)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Washington governor proposes to fight inequality and back education

Reuters – Robin Respaut

“Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday said he would work to counter a widening inequality gap and “the nation’s most unfair tax system” by eliminating five tax loopholes and boosting funding for children’s education. In his State of the State address, Inslee proposed to fund a working families tax rebate to help residents in rural and economically disadvantaged areas, and spend $2.3 billion on children’s initiatives, including funding for 6,000 low-income children to attend preschool.”(more)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It’s possible to love science and math. Hoosier ‘Leads the Way’

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Acronyms are the bane of the education writer. Attempt to dissect test scores and you find yourself untangling definitions for NAEP, EOC and MSP. Try to discuss science, technology, math or engineering and you must first stumble through the obstacle course called STEM.”(more)

Study endorses preschool for low income kids

King 5 News – Donna Gordon Blankinship

“SEATTLE – A new study shows low income kids from Washington state who go to a state supported preschool are likely to do better academically than their peers at least through fifth grade.”(more)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rise Of Bike Trains A Win For Children’s Health, Environment

The Huffington Post – Lynne Peeples

“SEATTLE — As the first rider in her neighborhood bicycle train, Maka Yusuf pedals nearly 4 miles and climbs more than 350 feet on the way to her elementary school. During the trip she is joined by several classmates and a handful of adult volunteers. Just a month ago, those formidable Seattle slopes forced Maka to walk her bike. She easily conquers them today. And the benefits of students actively transporting themselves to and from school may go well beyond improved fitness, says Dr. Jason Mendoza, the pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital who is behind the bike train, a children’s health research project.”(more)

Governor seeks money to train special ed leaders

The Seattle Times – John Higgins

“It’s hard to imagine a more complex and demanding responsibility for a school district administrator than overseeing the education of children with disabilities. Such leaders are in high demand; Seattle Public Schools’ new special education director, Wyeth Jessee, is the ninth person to hold the job in 10 years. A new two-year master’s degree program to train future special ed directors has begun meeting that demand, graduating its first group of 10 students last summer. All the graduates, who already had at least five years experience in special education, received job offers.”(more)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Guest: We can do better for students with special needs

The Seattle Times – Ramona Hattendorf

“Special education in Washington is a mess. For families, it can be adversarial and emotionally draining. For students, it can be isolating, even traumatizing. We need to create equal opportunities to learn.”(more)

Homeless students: More each year and younger than you think

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“You could see them every day and never know it. They might be sitting next to your son in math class, or singing alongside your daughter in the holiday pageant.”(more)