Schools, departments celebrate parents on National Parent Involvement Day
You may have recently noticed an influx of parents/guardians on school campuses, in classrooms and walking through the quad, side-by-side with their students. Were the students in trouble, you wondered? Were students aging more quickly than ever? Luckily, neither was the case. They were all participating in National Parent Involvement Day. Read more.
School minimum day schedules may change to accommodate lunch
Minimum day schedules at many schools are slated to change over the next few weeks as the schools will be including time for lunch in minimum day schedules. Under state law, all California school children must have the opportunity for a meal during the instructional minutes of the school day. Read more.
Learning through movement
Becky Paradise, adapted physical education teacher, and Cindy Hess from Action Based Learning, were recently featured on SanDiego6 demonstrating techniques that help children learn through movement. Brain research supports the link between movement and physical activity and increased academic performance. Action Based Learning Labs are held in several district schools. Watch the video.
Prop. S Update: New performing arts center under construction at CPMA
A new performing arts center is being constructed on the Creative, Performing & Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School campus (formerly Kroc Middle School). The 20,600-square-foot facility will include: a 400-seat theatre, two music classrooms, scene shop, Green Room, restrooms, control room, ticket booths, and support/storage spaces. Construction began in June, and is expected to be completed in spring 2014. Read more.
Leadership development program for scholars and educators
Currently in its ninth year, the Bezos Scholars Program @ The Aspen Institute is a leadership development and scholarship opportunity open each year to 12 public high school juniors and 12 leading educators from across the U.S. The scholars receive a seven-day, all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 25 - July 1, 2013. Read more.
Scholarship opportunity for kids of local union members
The John Lyons Memorial Foundation Scholarship is open to any high school senior enrolled in a San Diego or Imperial County school whose parent or legal guardian is a member in good standing of any local labor union. The $5,500 scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and housing at an accredited post high school trade or technical school, community college, four-year university or college. Read more.
A guide to Twitter for educators
Educators are increasingly using Twitter to connect and share resources and insight, asserts Amy Erin Borovoy, Edutopia's digital media curator. In this blog post, she offers resources to help teachers use Twitter in the classroom. Included are tips for educators new to Twitter, hashtag basics and ideas about what teachers should post. Edutopia.org/Amy Erin Borovoy's blog
Mobile learning: Beyond the hype
Results from a research project in Singapore show the inclusion of mobile devices in the classroom supports 21st-century instruction by teaching students soft skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, self-directed learning and teamwork, say professors and researchers Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris, co-founders of the education software provider GoKnow. The pair, who has studied trends in education technology, suggests giving students more control and using mobile devices as essential tools, rather than supplemental ones. T.H.E. Journal
How instructional rounds make better teachers
When teacher observations are conducted in the model of medical-student rounds called "instructional rounds," teachers are able to improve their work rather than be graded only on their performance, principal Cale Birk writes in this blog post. "A concept such as this that allows us to qualitatively describe and replicate elements of good teaching in all of our classrooms through the optic of the skills that we want students to achieve is intriguing to me: [T]his looks to be an inclusive and high-yield process that engages learning at every level," Birk writes. Connected Principals blog
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