February 29th, 2012

DC Middle Schools to Pilot Schoolwide Enrichment Model

Bill Turque, the Washington Post’s “Schools Insider” columnist, wrote this piece recently about an enrichment program being rolled out at two middle schools which serve mainly children of color. “DCPS to pilot gifted-and-talented program”. Here’s an excerpt:

DCPS will pilot its first gifted-and-talented program at Kelly Miller and Hardy middle schools this fall. […]

February 19th, 2012

Senator Kerry on NCLB Waiver & Educational Competitiveness

In today’s Fall River Wicked Local: “Guest Opinion: No Child Left Behind waiver gives Mass. school districts flexibility” by US Senator John Kerry. Here’s an excerpt:

There’s no better place than Massachusetts to start a national discussion about how to adapt our education system so Americans can compete in the global economy. Massachusetts […]

February 18th, 2012

Reactions to CPS’s New Academic Challenge Policy

Two letters to the Cambridge Chronicle published today express deep concern over the Cambridge Public School’s recently voted in Academic Challenge Policy:

“Nolan Explains Her Vote”, by School Committee Member Patty Nolan

An excerpt reads:

“Differentiation is extremely difficult to do. Cambridge has tried for 20-plus years. Our results? Uneven achievement, pockets of […]

February 15th, 2012

US Dept of Ed’s New RESPECT Program Elevates Teaching Profession

From the US Ed.gov website: “Obama Administration Seeks to Elevate Teaching Profession, Duncan to Launch RESPECT Project: Teacher-Led National Conversation” . Here’s an excerpt:

The Obama Administration’s 2013 proposed budget includes a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education and other stakeholders […]

February 11th, 2012

CPS Academic Challenge Policy is Voted In

On February 7th, the Cambridge Public School Committee voted in a new Upper School Academic Challenge Policy, as part of the Innovation Agenda‘s reshaping of Cambridge’s middle grades. The complete text of the Policy is below.

Reporter Andy Metzger’s coverage of the night of the vote is in this Cambridge Chronicle article: “Cambridge School Committee […]

February 6th, 2012

Educational Leadership Journal’s Two New Articles on Advanced Learners

The February Issue of Educational Leadership, “For Each to Excel”, features two articles on meeting the needs of advanced learners.

The first, by Dina Brulles and Susan Winebrenner, is titled “Clustered for Success”. Here’s an excerpt:

Cluster grouping enables gifted students, as well as all the other students, to make meaningful progress.

February 3rd, 2012

ISP Students Continue to Voice Concerns to Cambridge SC

James Robinson ran this article in the Cambridge Chronicle today: “Cambridge students block plan to end advanced study program”. Here’s an excerpt:

The ISP course is an advanced learning curriculum that has been available to Cambridge middle school students for over five decades through the Peabody and Kennedy-Longfellow schools. It now faces the […]