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- Social and emotional learning gaining new focus under Common Core - by Jane Meredith Adams
- May 15th, 2013 | Comments | By Jane Meredith Adams
- SACRAMENTO – School is nothing if not an intensely social experience, which is why teacher Michelle Flores posed this question to 24 third graders at Aspire Capitol Heights Academy: “When someone makes a mistake, what do we say?” “That’s cool,” the third graders responded in unison. “We are experts at making mistakes,” said Flores, who incorporates social and emotional Read entire article »
- Brown commits $1 billion for Common Core, sticks with funding formula - by John Fensterwald
- May 14th, 2013 | Comments | By John Fensterwald
- Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Tuesday to direct all of the extra $2.8 billion in revenue that the state expects to receive this year to K-12 schools and community colleges, mostly for one-time uses, including $1 billion to implement the Common Core standards. There had been projections of even more money this year, but in a news conference releasing his May budget revise, Gov. Jerry Brown tempered Read entire article »
- Governor tries to fix adult ed plan, but controversy remains - by Susan Frey
- May 14th, 2013 | Comments | By Susan Frey
- Backing away from his controversial plan to hand control of adult education over to community colleges, Gov. Jerry Brown is instead proposing that regional consortia, made up of community colleges and school districts, determine adult ed’s future. However, his new plan is also stirring controversy. In his budget revision unveiled Tuesday, Brown provides substantially more dedicated funding for Read entire article »
- California needs alternative certification now more than ever - by Corinne Muelrath / commentary
- May 16th, 2013 | Comments
- By Corinne Muelrath / commentary
- California, now more than ever, is facing an urgent need for qualified and talented professionals to enter our teaching workforce. At a time when one-third of California’s educators are nearing Read entire article »
- You reach more kids when you use the arts to teach - by Jon Schwartz
- May 13th, 2013 | Comments
- By Jon Schwartz
- When I tell people I use the performing arts to teach my second grade students, they often ask, “You’re responsible for teaching kids academics. How do you find the time for that?” Guess what? Read entire article »
- On the limits of planning (or, It’s all about the pants) - by Merrill Vargo / commentary
- May 10th, 2013 | Comments
- By Merrill Vargo / commentary
- There is a great, but also deeply challenging, story in Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Mandela had been working to end apartheid. There is a warrant out for his arrest, he Read entire article »
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