Category: Education Reform

Is Nikolas Cruz also a victim?

Even as horrible an act as was committed by Nikolas Cruz, and nothing to me seems more horrible than taking the lives of innocent people with an automatic assault-grade rifle, I still wonder:  Is Nikolas Cruz also a victim? In news coverage Broward school…

Music Ed. Accelerates Development of Auditory, Speech, and Language Skills

The study of music seems to have helped accelerate cognitive development, and particularly the auditory and speech and language-processing abilities, of a group of young children in Los Angeles.  The students are taught using an approach based on El Sistema, developed in Venezuela. They…

Why so many Marginalized Students are left out of Gifted Education

A preliminary giftedness test given to all second-graders at a Broward County, Florida school has proved incredibly beneficial for the improving the academics of all students. The traditional system relied on nominations from teachers and parents, giving students who come from families with more…

Congrats! CICS West Belden Featured in EdSurge

Using technology in the classroom is now the standard, but teachers and schools must decide which tools to use and how to implement them. Distinctive Schools‘ CICS West Belden is among the schools interviewed about technology in the classroom for a recent EdSurge article. In…

USA Majority-Minority Country by 2044

While graduation rates have been observed at an all time high minority students still lag behind. The U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority country by 2044. Latino students are the fastest growing student population, projected to account for 30% of all students by…

Education Data Shaping School Operations

Some schools are really embracing data and analyzing available information on school operations. A School near Dallas suspended instrument rentals fees after noticing a drop in marching and concert bands, which caused band participation to jump. Collecting data in the classroom can give concrete…

A Message to Teachers’ Unions

Excellent commentary from Hanna Skandera and Kevin Huffman. In calling out the destructive behavior of teachers’ unions, they’re standing behind what is best for our kids. JW http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2014/aug/03/the-destructive-behavior-of-teachers-un/?page=2

Continuing to Watch Colorado

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Colorado’s Education reform policies are the strongest nationally. The state is headed in the right direction with an increased on-time graduation rate of 1.5 percentage point increase. What’s more, they’re beginning to close the race/ethnicity graduation gap. Great…

Teachers Lying about their Teaching?!

WOW. This new article in the Atlantic is a must read: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/why-teachers-lie-about-their-classrooms/375099/ Last paragraph is most pertinent. “It’s no easy task for teachers. But I think we owe it, to ourselves if to no one else, to tell the most honest stories that we…

HS Drop-out Re-engagement in Bethel WA

Today we opened our first Acceleration Academy in Bethel, WA as a partnership with the progressive Bethel School District, and their superintendent Tom Seigel. By the end of this week, this Acceleration Academy will have enrolled more than 50 former drop-outs into meaningful high…

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