Board of Education honors community members
Proclamations from the Board of Education at Tuesday's meeting included honors to: Pershing Middle School's 50th anniversary; recognition of the Chinese Historical Museum; the San Diego-Yantai Friendship Society; Frank Jao, CEO of Bridgecreek Group Inc.; recognizing the Taiwanese American Community Center's (TACC) Naruwan Taiko Drumming Group; and the Panda Express Panda Cares Program. Read more.
It's official: 2014-15 school year starts Sept. 2
The 2014-15 school year for all schools in the San Diego Unified School District begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, following the recommendation of Superintendent Cindy Marten and approval by the Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday. The instructional-calendar days were fully restored so that students will be in class 180 days during the school year. In addition, work is beginning on creating a common calendar for all schools. Read more.
Classroom becomes coffee house for poetry reading
If a Carson Elementary School student comes up to you and says "I'm from..." and then waxes poetic, don't be concerned. It's part of an innovative program at the Linda Vista neighborhood campus. The result of a grant from CoTA, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists, students have been learning about poetry through an intensive study of the elements that drive meaningful writing. Read more.
Mobile hydroponic wagon brings the farm to Grant K-8 School
Grant (K-8) School students experienced first-hand how their January Harvest of the Month has grown when the farm came to school. Using a mobile hydroponic wagon, Pierre Sleiman, Jr., owner and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, demonstrated how the organic Bloomsdale spinach grows hydroponically by having students pour water and nutrients into the tube where the spinach roots were suspended. Read more.
International Studies students get the word from federal judge
United States District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller visited with students at the School of International Studies at San Diego High School, sharing his views on law and stories from his career. In a format modeled after the TV series "Inside the Actors Studio," the event provided a unique opportunity for International Studies students to get a real sense of what it takes to become a federal judge and what the job is like every day. Read more.
Bullying on the run at Mann Middle School
Learning to get along is a part of growing up and Mann Middle School in City Heights works to teach its students about bullying -- how to avoid it, how to prevent it, and how to get along. The school's recent Anti-Bullying week brought staff from around the district to help students learn these important lessons. Read more.
Major League Baseball players' numbers retired by Morse High
Morse High School grads and current members of the Baltimore Orioles, Adam Jones and Quentin Berry, were welcomed back to campus and had their numbers retired. The pair played together at the Skyline school in the early 2000s before starting their career in Major League Baseball. The players credit the basics and work ethic they learned at Morse with helping them succeed. Read more.
Librarians become partners in schools' digital transitions
Schools and districts embarking on a digital transition would be well-served to tap the talent of their school librarians, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. The report outlines how three school districts have employed librarians as partners in the digital transition. In one North Carolina district, librarians are "focused on helping students conduct research, understand copyright laws, and apply digital citizenship," the district's chief technology coordinator, Scott Smith, states in the report. eSchool News (free registration)
6 STEM principles for a 21st-century education
In this blog post, science educator Anne Jolly introduces inventor Terry Lane and shares six principles based on Lane's journey that can be applied to the classroom. Principles include encouraging curiosity, learning how to ask questions and exposing students to a broad range of career opportunities within the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. "We must prepare our students today to be a viable part of the nation's 21st century workforce, and we can't just wait and hope they acquire that knowledge over years through trial and error," Jolly writes. MiddleWeb
How mindfulness, meditation are paying off in the classroom
Schools across the country are experimenting with the use of meditation to ease students' stress and anxiety and promote wellness, suggests former teacher and mindfulness enthusiast Amanda Machado. In this commentary, she shares responses from several students who said that while the poses were initially unfamiliar and embarrassing, the students ultimately benefited from taking care of themselves and managing stress. The Atlantic online
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