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1 month ago

Riding the bus with Education Secretary John King

CHARLOTTESVILLE John King Jr., the U.S. education secretary, on Monday kicked off his agencys annual bus tour to welcome students back to Americas public schools. But King will be out of office before this school year ends, leaving in January. And he just took the helm at Education six months ago.

Thats not a lot of time to make an enormous impact on Americas sprawling public education system, as King readily admits. Instead, he is trying to continue the work of his predecessor, Arne Duncan, in pushing the presidents objectives for students from preschool through college.

This week, King is touting the administrations achievements and goals with a five-day, six-state bus to

4 months ago

Frontier to develop its own education standards - Buffalo News

More than half the eligible students at Frontier Central School District opted out of state tests this year.

Thats one of the reasons Frontier decided to change the rules of the game, instead coming up with standards it says will exceed those of New York State and Common Core, and hopefully gain the confidence of parents.

So many of our parents do not trust the state testing system, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said.

The district took the first step Tuesday night when the School Board adopted district vision and belief statements that will be used this summer by a committee of teachers, parents and administrators to create the graduation standards. In the months after that, teachers will create the curriculum, placing it online for their colleagues.

So regardless of state politics, regardless of federal politics, regardless of the conflict of the moment, were going to guarantee our kids get a world-class education that ensures the values and beliefs of this community are not lost in those conflicts, Apthorpe said.

The local standards will embody the vision and values of the Frontier community, meaning graduates will have a sense of the value of charity, service and community.

In other words, Frontier is not waiting for the Board of Regents or the education department to resolve the present conflicts surrounding the Common Core, Apthorpe said. We are moving forward now to provide a high-quality Frontier standards-based education.

The key Frontier values are altruism, versatility, community, individuality, great character and family. The district expects that Frontier education will also lead to a sense of charity, service and community, according to the vision statement.

The board also said the district believes in:

Community service to support one another with empathy and generosity.

The idea that all work is dignified and of value to society.

Compassion and tolerance toward others and self, without sacrificing personal values.

The responsibility and dependability of students, who demonstrate a commitment to their learning in and outside the classroom.


7 months ago

Eileen Soon: The future of special education is exciting if we dare to reimagine it - Huffington Post

Special education is an integral part of the overall education sector. It's the practice of educating students with special educational needs.

Eileen Soon is an educator who specializes in teaching this unique population - diverse learners and individuals with special needs. Graduating with a degree in Special Education from Liberty University, Eileen taught at St Christopher's International Primary School, Malaysia as their special education coordinator working with children with mild to moderate learning difficulties.

There, she introduced social-communication groups for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Later, she joined a private center for individuals with special need

11 months ago

Learn From Our College Success Story Through Our Tips And Tricks

You want to know what it takes to be ready for the college experience, and there are many things you should be doing in preparation. College is the beginning of the real world, as many responsibilities will now fall on you. Continue reading to find out more information about getting ready for college.

One tip that can help you study in college is to make yourself flash cards when you have an exam coming up. Flash cards are easy to make. Your can buy inexpensive index cards and write questions on one side and answers on the other. You and a classmate can then use them to study together.

Before the first of class, one of the smartest things that you can do as you enter college