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You are currently viewing all posts written by Caitlin Moran. Caitlin Moran is the community engagement editor for Education Lab. She joined The Seattle Times staff in September 2013 after three years running hyperlocal news websites at Patch. Contact Caitlin to find out how you can contribute to the local conversation surrounding education.

September 1, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Your voices: Local teachers on their ideal first day of school

With the start of the new school year just around the corner, we asked local teachers for their thoughts on what a perfect first day would be like. The following are their responses. What does your ideal first day of school look like? I am able to get everything done in 51 minutes. There is laughter and focus. Students…

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August 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Round-up: Calif. passes ‘yes means yes’ bill, NYC recruiting students for expanded pre-K

Is screen time hurting kids’ ability to recognize emotions? (KPLU): A new study from UCLA researchers found that sixth-graders who spent five days without exposure to technology were better able to read facial emotions and other nonverbal cues. Patricia Greenfield, a senior author of the study, says she’s concerned about the social cost of schools more widely distributing iPads and other devices.

Calif. passes ‘yes means yes’ assault bill (AP): California is the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation requiring colleges and universities to adopt new consent standards when investigating sexual assault cases. Under the new rules, consent requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”

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August 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Round-up: Beacon Hill school under review for test scores, Oklahoma loses NCLB waiver

Beacon Hill school under review after sharp jump in test scores: State officials are investigating the Seattle elementary school after its most recent test scores included sharp increases in math and reading. Overall, the statewide scores that were released Wednesday showed no significant changes from the previous year.

Oklahoma becomes second state to lose No Child Left Behind waiver (Politico): Federal education officials confirmed Thursday that Oklahoma will become the second state to lose its No Child Left Behind waiver, two months after Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill repealing the state’s adoption of Common Core. State officials had begun to draft new standards to replace Common Core but failed to complete their work prior to submitting the request for a waiver extension.

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August 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Round-up: Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues over Common Core, local schools install cameras on buses

Louisiana Gov. Jindal files lawsuit over Common Core (AP): Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, saying the federal government’s implementation of Common Core violates the state sovereignty clause in the U.S. Constitution. Critics have dismissed Jindal’s efforts as mere political pandering.

Local schools install cameras on buses to catch traffic violators (AP): The Bethel School District in South Pierce County and the Highline School District in South King County are launching pilot programs that use cameras to catch drivers breaking traffic laws. The cameras, manufactured and maintained by American Traffic Solutions, will take photos and video of motorists who illegally drive around the buses’ red stop-sign paddles.

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August 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Back to school: Share your photos from the first day

Back-to-school season is here, and kids (and parents) across our region are busy picking out first-day outfits and making sure all their pencils, notebooks and colored markers are in order.

Does your family line up for photos on the front stoop? Got any throwback photos from your own first days of school?

Whether you’re a parent who is currently shuttling the kids out the door, or someone whose time prepping for the back-to-school rush has (thankfully) passed, we want to see your first day of school photos. Awkward family poses and old-school fashions will get an extra gold star.

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August 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Tell us: Is hazing a problem at your school?

edulab_icon_perspectivesA year after seven students were suspended in a freshman hazing incident, Garfield High School in Seattle has set up a mentoring program to help new students feel welcome and supported by their peers.

Are you a student, parent or educator? Do you have any experience with hazing? If you were in charge, how would you help ninth-graders make the transition to high school?

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August 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Round-up: Elite colleges struggle to draw poor students, Michigan teachers weigh union opt-out

Selective colleges still struggle to draw low-income students (The New York Times): Federal surveys have found no significant change in the number of low-income students who enrolled in elite colleges between the 1990s and 2012. Critics say colleges’ ongoing focus on rankings and financial concerns has prevented them from following through on rhetoric about wanting to be more economically diverse.

Michigan teachers must decide whether to stay in union (AP): Union reps and pro-business groups are lobbying for the affection of Michigan teachers, who will individually decide this month whether they want to remain in the Michigan Education Association. Michigan’s new right-to-work law gives educators there an opt-out option.

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August 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Round-up: Blind mom sues Seattle schools, Calif. community colleges could offer 4-year degrees

Blind mom sues Seattle schools over website accessiblity (AP): Noel Nightingale, a mother with three children in Seattle Public Schools, filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging the district of discrimination. Nightingale, who is blind, says the district’s website and math software are not compatible with technology that blind people use to access the Internet.

Calif. community colleges could soon offer four-year degrees (Los Angeles Times): State lawmakers in California are considering a proposal that would allow 15 community college districts to temporarily offer one four-year degree each. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego), says the legislation is in response to mounting costs at the state’s four-year public universities.

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August 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Round-up: Seattle schools to review assault policies, Duncan says states can delay teacher evals

Seattle schools to review policies after alleged sexual assaultInterim Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland announced Wednesday that senior staff will review how the district handles sexual-assault complaints following allegations that a male Garfield High School student raped a female classmate on an overnight field trip in 2012. The girls’ parents have filed a Title IX complaint, which is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Duncan says states can delay test-based teacher evaluations by a year (The New York Times): States can delay incorporating student test scores into teacher evaluations for a year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Thursday. “I believe testing issues are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools,” Duncan wrote on his blog.

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