Washington charter school applicants expect parents to volunteer (KUOW): Eleven of Washington state’s proposed charter schools plan to ask parents to pledge to volunteer at school, with several calling for commitments of 30 to 40 hours per year. Critics say the expectations, though not a requirement in the legal sense, could deter low-income families.
Report: New teachers lack comprehensive training in classroom management (The Atlantic): A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality shows many undergrad and graduate education programs include lessons in classroom management, but few teach the skill set in a comprehensive way. The most neglected skill, according to the report? How to praise students.
“Invisible Child”: NYT tracks daily life of homeless student in five-part series (The New York Times): The latest mega-project from The New York Times examines the life of 11-year-old Dasani, a bright girl who lives in a Brooklyn shelter with her parents and seven siblings. Much of the series is devoted to the solace and promise provided by Dasani’s school, the Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts.
- Westneat: GET program is no Ponzi scheme
- Parents worry schools overlook girls who are not college-bound (NPR)
- Budget deal could offer school districts relief from sequestration (Education Week)
- The secrets of “million-dollar ready” colleges (The Chronicle of Higher Education