Black Male Teachers a Dwindling Demographic
When Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, Chrissell Rhone lost lots: his home, his job, and the sense of security that came from teaching alongside people who looked like him.
The storm forced Rhone to pack up and leave New Orleans, where an ample supply of black educators populated the city’s classrooms. He settled just 45 miles northeast, in Picayune, Miss., a town of 11,000 near the Mississippi-Louisiana border, and is now the lone black teacher at the district’s alternative education center and among only a handful of black male educators in a district where a majority of students are white.
Read more at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/17/black-male-teachers-a-dwindling-demographic.html
Kindergarten Today: Less Play, More Academics
Researchers at the University of Virginia compared the views and experiences of kindergarten teachers in 1998 with those of their counterparts in 2010, and found dramatic differences in what teachers now expect of pupils and how they have structured their classrooms. Generally, teachers now expect children to come in knowing much more, spend more of the day in literacy and math instruction, and devote less time to nonacademic subjects such as music and art. Some excerpts from the findings: http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/kindergarten-less-play-more-academics.html
Utah lawmakers propose changes to school grading system
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that would change the rubric for the state’s school grading system over the next 12 years.
The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1Q3D79Q ) that Ogden Republican Ann Millner has sponsored a bill that would change the point structure that assigns schools a letter grade based on year-end test scores, ACT scores and graduation rates.
Read more at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/18/utah-lawmakers-propose-changes-to-school_ap.html