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July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

5-minute recap: Video chat on what’s working in math education

Last Thursday, the Education Lab team hosted a Google+ Hangout about elementary math education and the successful strategies used at Lakeridge Elementary in the Renton School District. The discussion stemmed from our July 15 story about how the school’s use of cognitively guided instruction and ongoing teacher training has led to a turnaround in student math scores.

Miss the live video chat? The five-minute recap below shows some of the highlights. What you’ll see:


Comments | More in Math and science, Video, Your voices | Topics: Google Hangout, instruction, Lakeridge

July 14, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Videos: Watch Lakeridge teachers in action

The Teaching Channel, a nonprofit organization that highlights different approaches to education, has featured several Lakeridge Elementary teachers on its website. Below is a sampling of a few of the teachers in action. (Go here for the full story on Lakeridge’s approach to math instruction.)

From top to bottom, Lynn Simpson teaches a lesson about division; Teresa Tse shares strategies for counting; and Drew Crandall helps students reason through the relationship between multiplication and division.


Comments | More in Math and science, Video

July 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Video: Making math make sense at Lakeridge Elementary

Our most recent Education Lab story examines how a focus on ensuring students understand math concepts has helped raise students’ math skills at Lakeridge Elementary in the Renton School District.

With assistance from UW researcher Elham Kazemi and some of her colleagues, Lakeridge educators have design many math lessons as carefully guided conversations in which students talk through their reasoning and critique each other’s ideas. The results? In two years, the school’s performance on state math tests jumped from the bottom 5 percent to somewhere near average.

Check out the video below, and go here to read the full story.


Comments | More in Math and science, News, Video | Topics: Lakeridge, math

May 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Videos from Storytellers: How I Got Into College

Applying to and paying for college is a challenge for many students, but the five students who participated in Tuesday’s Storytellers event faced a unique set of obstacles.

From serious illness to language barriers and generational poverty, each student overcame significant challenges to make it to a college campus. Along the way, the power of education encouraged them to see themselves in a new light and reach even higher.

The storytelling event was designed to inspire local students to pursue higher education and connect them with people who can help them navigate the application process. Between speakers, emcee Rose McAleese presented information about college access and polled the audience on their thoughts about the college experience.

Counselors and volunteers were available after the program to answer questions about applying, getting financial aid and more. The event was a joint effort from The Seattle Times/Education Lab and the Road Map Project, an education nonprofit serving south King County.

The evening began with the story of Riley Germanis, a 21-year-old senior at Western Washington University. Germanis always intended to pursue a college education, but his plans became uncertain after his parents lost their business during the recession.


Comments | More in Video | Topics: higher ed, Road Map Project, storytellers

April 11, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Video: College advising against the odds

High-school counselors are often the only resource for college-bound students whose parents lack the experience or time to help them navigate SATs, financial-aid applications and personal essays.

Yet, today’s counselors are juggling an average caseload nationally of 471 students — in Washington, the ratio is 516-to-1. Meanwhile, just 18 percent of the state’s disadvantaged students go on to enroll in four-year institutions.


Comments | More in News, Video | Topics: college advising, counselors, National College Advising Corps

March 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Rewind: Google Hangout on how schools can better serve advanced students

Watch the video above for our first-ever Google Hangout, which focused on the topic of how schools can better serve advanced students.

The discussion featured the following panelists:

  • Walter Parker: Walter is a professor of education at the University of Washington and one of the lead researchers behind the project-based approach featured in Sunday’s story about A.P.
  • Amber Graeber: Amber is Advanced Placement coordinator for the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools, where she has implemented a similar project-based model for advanced instruction.
  • Katie Piper: Katie teaches A.P. courses at Bellevue’s Sammamish High School, one of the schools trying out the new teaching approach.
  • Linda Shaw: Linda has covered public education at The Seattle Times for more than two decades and spent several months reporting and writing the Sunday story about Advanced Placement. She will be facilitating the Google Hangout.

Comments | More in Video, Your voices | Topics: Advanced Placement, AP, live chat

February 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Coming Sunday: Local educators give A.P. instruction a makeover

Advanced Placement, or A.P., is quickly becoming the accepted standard for college-level coursework in U.S. high schools. The popularity of the College Board program has exploded in the past decade, with more than 2 million students taking one or more A.P. exams last year.


Comments | More in News, Video | Topics: Advanced Placement, AP, Sammamish High School

December 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Video: Chicago mentor program benefits parents and students alike

A community group in northwest Chicago has turned hundreds of hesitant parents into capable classroom helpers, role models and leaders by tapping into strengths many don’t realize they have. Check out the video below to see the Logan Square parent mentor program in action. On Sunday, pick up a copy of The Seattle Times or More

Comments | More in Video | Topics: Logan Square, parent involvement, video

November 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Video: “Near peers” drum up enthusiasm at Denny Middle School

If you’re a student at Denny International Middle School in West Seattle, a lively scene of chanting and singing welcomes you as you arrive for class each morning. The routine is just the beginning of the many duties that the school’s City Year corps members perform during the day. Denny is one of two schools…


Comments | More in Video | Topics: attendance, City Year, Denny International Middle School

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