Teach for America's rocky first year

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's been a rocky first year for the Puget Sound branch of Teach for America, but principals say the first TFA teachers are performing well. The efforts of Dean Tom Stritikus are noted.

Puyallup picks new school superintendent

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Timothy Yeomans, superintendent of the Meridian School District n the Bellingham area and an L4L Cohort 3 alumi, was the Puyallup School Board’s unanimous pick Tuesday to take over for retiring Superintendent Tony Apostle.

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New book says financial model for higher ed is broken, offers ways to overhaul

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Higher education, a jewel of American society and an engine of its economy, is under threat, and if the nation is to remain competitive the financial model must be overhauled, says a new book.

In Washington, access to higher education still obstacle for many

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Obama Administration has highlighted college education as a key to economic recovery and to diminishing inequality among Americans, but access to education remains a challenge for many students. A recent report by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education called it a “leadership and policy vacuum” and highlighted the problem in...

Wanted in Seattle classrooms: more teachers of color

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Despite a growing body of evidence about its importance, Puget Sound-area public-school districts still can't seem to build a diverse teaching corps. Alum Treneicia Gardner's experience illustrates an issue that's gaining attention across the country. Ken Zeichner, Director of the Teacher Education Program, is also quoted.

Test scores confuse Seattle parents

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Seattle Public Schools recently emailed parents to say their kids' standardized test results had changed. Some of the rankings had changed by a lot. So what can parents make of the new scores? KUOW's Ann Dornfeld asks the College's Catherine Taylor to help clear up some...

Cursive giving way to other pursuits as educators debate its value

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Researchers into handwriting argue that penmanship is a foundational skill in student success, pointing to studies that show cursive writing stimulates areas of the brain unaffected by keyboarding and helps children develop skills in reading, spelling, composition, memory and critical thinking. Virginia Berninger is quoted.

As parents raise cash, schools confront big gap

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Seattle schools are increasingly relying on parent donations to pay for a variety of expenses, including teacher salaries. But parent groups in wealthy parts of the city raise vastly more than those in poorer areas, raising fairness questions. Marge Plecki is quoted.

Does Handwriting Matter in a Digital World?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Virginia Berninger is among those interviewed at Handwriting in the 21st Century? An Educational Summit, where researchers presented findings in areas ranging from occupational therapy to neuroscience that document the impact of handwriting on kids' learning.

Should Cursive and Other Forms of Handwriting Be Taught in Schools?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Should schools spend precious instructional time teaching handwriting? Should students learn cursive at all, or is it an outdated skill—and here's the Hancock link—how will they sign their names if they don't know cursive? The author talks with Virginia Berninger.