A group of Puget Sound school superintendents is touring classrooms in one another's school districts this year, similar to the kind of medical rounds that doctors make in hospitals. Their goal is not to evaluate or judge, but to learn — deepening their ability to define, recognize and support excellent teaching. Stephen Fink, executive director of the...
Classroom tours aim to find great teaching
Handwriting: A Lost Art?
Northeast Ohio is where American penmanship was born. We learn about the history of handwriting and discuss whether it's still relevant in this digital age. Virginia Ginger Berninger is a featured guest.
When the students at Amazing Grace Christian School in Renton are asked to face the music, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being called on the carpet, unless, of course, you mean cutting a rug. Dance is an integral part of the K-8 school, thanks to a UW graduate student who’s been teaching there. College of Education alum, Michelle Zimmerman, first...
Studies Take Aim at Playground Gossip
Gossip and social ostracization may come far down on the list of concerns for educators trying to prevent bullying, yet emerging research suggests relational bullying, though often the most frequently overlooked, may hold the key to changing an aggressive culture in schools. Karin Frey's research is noted.
Thought Leader: Meredith Honig
The American Association of School Administrators strives to bring exemplary speakers to the National Conference on Education to discuss critical issues that affect students, leaders, communities and school systems. In Thought Leader sessions, speakers will evaluate how global, national and state issues will affect your schools and communities. Meredith...
Cell phone apps and other products take on bullie
One in four kids are bullied according to statistics. It is a problem some are trying to solve with products. From backpacks to cell phone apps, there are some new ways to fight back against bullies. Karin Frey is quoted.
Creating a new model for high school STEM education
Rigorous studies in science, technology, engineering and math, with industry mentoring for both students and teachers, and maybe even a longer school year — these are key features of a new five-year, $4.1 million grant for the UW’s Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Bellevue's Sammamish High School and several partner organizations. The...
An education bombshell from the Governor's office
In a morning news conference, the Governor announced that she wants to re-build Washington State's education system from the ground up. Actually, her exact words were, We do not have an education system. What she wants to do is build a new, cohesive education system to replace the disjointed one that is currently in place. Tom Halverson is quoted.
UW study: Kids gossip more than you'd think
A group of psychologists at the University of Washington studied the way kids interact and came to this conclusion: Kids are big-time gossips.
Anti-Bullying Program Reduces Malicious Playground Gossip
Think back to when you were a kid and what grown–ups said when kids talked about you in a mean way. Chances are they said ignore it. Now research confirms what you may have suspected — that doesn't work. But a new study on Seattle–area schools shows adults can teach kids how to reduce malicious gossip on the playground. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports....