January 24, 2007
Education Week, Vol. 26, Issue 20
22-24—Reading: 16th Core Knowledge National Conference: Integrating Reading and Literacy Across the Content Areas, sponsored by the Core Knowledge Foundation, for elementary- and middle-level educators and administrators, at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington. Contact: Core Knowledge Foundation, Conference Registrar, 801 E. High St., Charlottesville, VA 22902; Web site: www.coreknowledge.org/ conference.
Equity & Diversity College Offers Lessons Tied to Katrina Documentary
With a $975,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, a team of educators at Teachers College, Columbia University, is developing curriculum materials linked to a recent Spike Lee documentary on the devastation Hurricane Katrina wrought in New Orleans.
Infrastructure Kentucky Debuts Online College and Career Tool for Students
An interactive guidance system will help students fulfill the state’s requirement that they complete an "individual learning plan" to graduate from high school.
Curriculum ‘What Works’ Reviewers Find No Learning Edge for Leading Math Texts
Only one elementary school math program has received even a qualified nod from evaluators for its research record.
School & District Management Guidelines for ‘What Works’ Contract Signal Shifts
The U.S. Department of Education wants its clearinghouse to become more relevant to educators in the field, according to bid specifications for potential contractors that the agency published last month.
Federal Bills on Competitiveness Resurface in New Congress
New proposals focus on improving the skills of math and science teachers and creating more incentives for teachers to enter and stay in the profession.
Early Childhood Mass. Preschool Boosters Hope to Ride National Wave
Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who took office Jan. 5, has made public preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as full-day kindergarten, central elements of his education platform.
Education Longtime Educator Is Named New Schools Chief in Conn.
The Connecticut state board of education unanimously voted last week to appoint Mark K. McQuillan, a longtime Massachusetts educator, to be the state’s new education commissioner.
Equity & Diversity Gates, Hewlett Backing Project in Africa, S. Asia
The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Menlo Park, Calif.-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have announced plans to commit $60 million to increase literacy rates and improve primary and secondary education in some South Asian and sub-Saharan countries.
Teacher Preparation Artificial-Intelligence Research Under Way for Teacher Prep
A Pennsylvania company has received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on “artificial intelligence” software for use in teacher training.
Assessment Teachers Say Testing Deters Use of Current Events
Daily newspapers and other news sources are considered important instructional resources for teaching about citizenship, politics, and government, and many teachers are using the news more now than they did five years ago, according to a recent survey. But testing mandates are making it more difficult for the majority of the social science teachers who responded to the survey to fit current events into the curriculum.