Education Lab is a yearlong project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.
December 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM
“Engagement” is a word that gets tossed around frequently in discussions surrounding K-12 education. But what exactly does it mean?
The National PTA recently highlighted the need for a common definition to the term on its website. We decided to pose the same question to Education Lab readers, but with an added challenge: Limit the definitions to no more than one full sentence. A selection of responses follows:
It would start with documented communication between the school and the parent.
—Charles R. Hoff, Kent
Family engagement simply means that families are active participants in their children’s education.
—Kezia Willingham, Seattle
An ongoing and purposeful, two-way, culturally appropriate relationship between schools and families resulting in positive academic, as well as peripheral effects for students.
—Joel Domingo, Seattle
November 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM
Education Lab is a blog for teachers, parents, students and community members to talk about how our schools can better serve the region’s students. Each week, we will provide a question to get the conversation going. This week’s prompt asks a basic question about how we evaluate success in education.
November 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM
Teenagers aren’t lazy, they just need more sleep.
That’s part of the argument made by Joanna E. Wrede and Vishesh K. Kapur on Friday’s opinion page. In a guest editorial, the two University of Washington doctors assert that teenagers aren’t biologically programmed to be early risers.
Public high schools in Seattle currently start as early as 7:50 a.m., but the district plans to survey parents about start times for the 2014-2015 school year. Meanwhile, the group Start School Later Seattle is pushing for a first bell at 9 or 9:30 a.m.
What do you think? Do local high schools start too early? What’s the best time for class to begin?
October 29, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Sunday’s front-page story about the turnaround at one south-end elementary school is continuing to resonate with readers. Here is a sampling of some of the responses we’ve received in the comments section and on social media:
October 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM
It’s time for the public to do its homework on Common Core.
That’s the argument made by The Times’ editorial board in Sunday’s paper. Citing a Gallup poll that found two in three Americans had never heard of the new national standards, the editorial argues that a lack of understanding is contributing to unfair scrutiny surrounding the program, which is expected to be implemented locally next fall.
The board writes:
Parents need a firm understanding about what Common Core is and what it is not. Otherwise critics will distort it.
Political conservatives are already making mischief by casting Common Core as a federal intrusion upon local control of schools. Nice try, but the Obama Administration did not play a role in creating Common Core, which grew out of a bipartisan effort by state governors and education leaders to raise academic standards nationwide.
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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