K12 Inc. Reports College and Career Readiness Innovations at Nevada Virtual Academy
K12 Inc., the nation's leading provider of K-12 online school programs released a new report on Nevada Virtual Academy's innovative college and career readiness programs and the school's collaboration with University of Nevada, Las Vegas ( UNLV).

Nevada Virtual Academy is a statewide online public charter school serving over 2,000 students in kindergarten through high school.

"Nevada Virtual Academy is driving innovation in online learning and continuing to focus on post-secondary preparedness," said Caroline McIntosh, Head of School at Nevada Virtual Academy. "We are proud to be at the forefront of this important effort in education."

The report outlines new ways that Nevada Virtual Academy is offering families a personalized learning experience through innovative Learning Pathways which are designed to meet each learner's individual needs and enhance his or her capabilities.

Nevada Virtual Academy offers high school students five academic pathways to college and career readiness. Students on the Advanced Dual Credit pathway can take up to 24 credits at any one of the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions, including UNLV and University of Nevada-Reno, which will transfer to a degree program of their choice. Students on the Jump Start College Pathway, a partnership with Western Nevada College, have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree in conjunction with a high school diploma.  >>READ MORE
Michelle Obama: No Boy Is Cute Enough to Keep You From Getting an Education
At a panel hosted by Glamour in Harlem on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama decided to drop some major truth bombs. "Compete with the boys," she told the attendees of "The Power of an Educated Girl." "Beat the boys."

She then took that sentiment a step further: "There is no boy, at this age, cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting an education," the First Lady said. "If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn't be married to the president of the United States." She then proceeded to mime dropping the mic. (Pour one out for Sasha and Malia in this difficult time of mom embarrassment.)

Hopefully the girls who received her message will shoot beyond marrying the president, to becoming the president.   >>READ MORE
Nick Jonas talks importance of education, support in the classroom
Nick Jonas was in town Tuesday night rocking the Fillmore in Silver Spring! He first broke onto the scene with the Jonas Brothers and now has a successful solo singing career and is establishing himself as an actor.

Before he hit the stage, FOX 5's Allison Seymour spoke to him about his work to support 'Think It Up,' an education initiative that is near and dear to his heart.

'Think It Up' is a student-powered project that supports learning projects in classrooms across the country.

Jonas, who was homeschooled and whose mother was a teacher, is a major supporter of the project that encourages people to recognize the importance of education and support success in the classroom.

"The reason I was so thrilled and excited to get involved is because there's an enormous opportunity for me in the position I'm in with some of the fans that are still in school - to inspire them to get aggressive about what they want to see happen with their lives and their education," Jonas said.
As for his dreams as a child, Jonas said they were big. Along with music, he said he dreamt of being president one day - a job that he still would take a crack at...maybe, that is!
This past school year was the first time in history that racial and ethnic minority students outnumbered their white counterparts. The U.S. Department of Education has projected that by 2022, non-white students will make up 54.7 percent of the public-school student population, largely due to the national increases in U.S.-born Hispanic and Asian populations.

Despite the fact that more students of color will be filling classrooms at increasing increments every school year, it's a well reported fact that almost 80 percent of their teachers are white-and it doesn't appear that that will change any time soon.
According to a recent study from the Albert Shanker Institute, a think tank funded by the American Federation of Teachers, the number of black teachers dropped from 2002 to 2012.   >>READ MORE 
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.

"This honor recognizes your students' accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success," Duncan said in a video message to the awardees. "Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence-in vision, in implementation, and in results-and we want to learn as much as we can from you."

The Department will honor 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,000 of America's schools.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award plaque affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The award flag gracing a school's building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
Duke's TeachHouse Combines Teacher Training with Residential Living 
A new program at Duke University offers the chance for graduates of the school to pursue a career in education through participation in a two-year living-learning community.

TeachHouse officially launched on September 2, offering housing to 2 veteran teachers and 4 novice teachers.  The program was created with the intention of helping graduates of the teacher preparation program at Duke University successfully transition into classroom life.  By working together with Durham public schools, the program offers guidance to those new to the profession and teaching at local elementary and secondary schools.   >>READ MORE 
How many yaks could a yak pack pack if a yak pack could pack yaks?

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.

He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.

Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.

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iPad gaming accessory Osmo announced on Thursday the launch of a Numbers game it hopes will revamp the unimaginative worksheets educators use to teach math now.

Numbers is an under-the-sea themed game where players have to come up with equations that equal a given integer using physical tiles. If they are successful, a trapped fish is freed from a bubble.

Though children increasingly have access to computers and iPads, the basic tool elementary students use to learn math hasn't changed since the advent of the Xerox machine. The makers of Osmo think with this new game, they can change that.  >>READ MORE 
Students in all science classes at Washington High School will benefit from a $10,000 S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) grant awarded to the science department by the WINGS Educational Foundation.

Hoping to inspire teachers to introduce new learning experiences in the five areas, WINGS and the district announced the new grant this past June at the annual end of the year assembly attended by all teachers and staff.
Nissan and BankPlus announced August 31, 2015 that the companies will award 34 grants totaling $89,360 to fund creative educational projects taught by teachers in the Canton and Madison County school districts.

The Nissan/BankPlus Education Mini-Grant Program, administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, has awarded $560,000 to local schools since the program was created in 2007. >>READ MORE 



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