August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
August 25, 2014 |
A Cherry Hill teacher placed on paid leave in 2012 after a secret recording revealed staff members' abusive remarks toward a student will return to the district next month, her lawyer said Friday. A parent had stashed the recording device in his autistic son's pocket to try to learn why the boy had been acting out in school. The incident drew national attention when the father uploaded a 6½-hour recording to YouTube. A judge ruled in May that the surreptitious recording was illegal.
July 27, 2014 |
As an alumna who raised six children while attending Camden County College, Eileen Radetich reaches out to the students she sees struggling in her English classes there, sharing her story and offering encouragement. For her work inside and outside the classroom, Radetich received the school's highest teaching honor, the 2014 Lindback Award, the school announced this week. "I frequently tell my students that I was there, especially if it's a nontraditional student . . . especially when they're overwhelmed and they have kids," Radetich said from the Shore, where she was on vacation.
July 21, 2014 |
A memorial celebration will be Saturday, July 26, for Howard E. Blake, 92, of Media, a former Temple University professor who died June 15 of renal failure at White Horse Village in Newtown Square. The event is planned for 3 p.m. at Tyler Arboretum, in Media. Burial is private. Born in 1922 in rural Fairfield, N.C., Dr. Blake was the son of farmers. "No one in my family - in fact, no one in Fairfield - had ever gone to college," he told his family. "I got a ride there on a truck that was delivering chickens.
July 15, 2014 |
Maria Ciancetta isn't sure what to believe: Did she make a difference in students' lives, or throw away seven years? When she walked out of Benjamin Franklin High School on a warm day in June, Ciancetta quit the Philadelphia School District - and the education profession - for good. She started out starry-eyed, certain she would work in Philadelphia classrooms for decades. But things deteriorated every year. She said she lacked basic supplies, was ordered to teach in an area where she had no certification or training, and feared for her safety.
June 30, 2014 |
As third graders at Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham got ready for their break in December, they had no idea they would be hearing the name of their classmate - a quiet boy who often played with a group of girls - called for the final time. The transgender student returned to class in January with a new moniker and wardrobe, living as a girl. It was a day many adults in the Hatboro-Horsham District school had been working toward for months, and officials say they were surprised by what happened next.
June 5, 2014 |
THE Philadelphia School District will now be required to provide advance notice to parents of autistic children in elementary and middle schools if their kids will need to be transferred to a different school, according to a settlement reached in federal court. In the past, the district would automatically transfer a student to a different school if his or her school did not have an autism-support classroom in the next grade. Parents were neither consulted nor notified in advance.
May 16, 2014 |
I ONCE KNEW an enthusiastic young teacher who couldn't wait for her first-ever back-to-school night in a Philadelphia public school. She'd enjoyed meeting parents at the schools where she'd taught as a student, and figured it would be the same here. She cleaned her classroom until it gleamed. Baked brownies for parents to nibble. Printed out copies of an essay that described her teaching philosophy. Wrote her contact info on index cards so parents could be in touch, day or night.
May 13, 2014 |
A rainy week? Yum. A super-cell thunderstorm? Better yet, a tornado? That's the trifecta. "Vacation of a lifetime!" gushed Matt Flournoy, 21, as classmate Brad Guay, 19, nodded in agreement. Meet the departing and incoming presidents of one of Pennsylvania State University's newest clubs: the Storm Chase Team, or PSUChase (pronounced "sue-chase") for short. Twenty-three members of the club, all meteorology majors, left Sunday for a 10-day trip to the Midwest, where they will hunt tornados under the guidance of Jason Berry, a professional storm-chaser based in Indiana.