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Category: Video
March 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

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

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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

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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

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2854700292001″/] 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…


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

November 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Word to educators: Stop talking about fixes and just try something

Despite recently announced incremental gains by state students on national tests, 1 million kids will fail to graduate from high school on time this year.

The urgency of this fact — and what to do about it — were the subject of a talk given by Leonard Pitts, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, to educational policymakers at a GradNation Summit in Bellevue earlier this week.

Pitts said he understood paralysis in the face of enormous need — such as the fact that only 42 percent of America’s fourth graders are proficient in math, and only 35 percent read at grade level.

“Incredibly, these numbers, as disheartening as they are, actually represent incremental progress,” Pitts told the audience of educators and policymakers.


Comments | Topics: GradNation, graduation rates, Leonard Pitts

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