February 22, 2012 |
In the coming weeks, Gov. Corbett and State Education Secretary Ronald J. Tomalis will make decisions that will determine the future of Chester. Following the secretary's court-ordered meetings with representatives of Chester Community Charter School, the Chester Upland School District, and others, the city's schools may get the funding they need to provide a constitutionally mandated education to more than 7,000 young people. Or commonwealth officials may deprive the schools of adequate resources or, worse still, close them down.
November 19, 2010 |
Ann B. Kanar, 78, of West Deptford, a former teacher in the Philadelphia schools' Gifted and Talented Program who also coached many student teachers over the years, died of heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 26, at her home. After a few years of teaching second and third graders at two Deptford schools, Mrs. Kanar received a master's degree in education from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, in 1968. For her thesis, she took a bold stand by designing a sex-education curriculum in which students would learn everything from genetics to the anatomy and physiology of sex, said her son, Aaron.
June 15, 2010 |
Olney East High School freshman Nadiyah Young signed up for a mentoring program for all the wrong reasons. Young wasn't expecting her life to be transformed when she joined Health Tech, which places high school students at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children to learn about health careers. "I heard about this program where you get out of school on Friday and get paid for it," said Young, now a senior. "I didn't have any motivation at all. " Three years later, she's hopeful she's on a fast track to a medical career.
May 15, 2009 |
At Springfield High School in Delaware County, the expression they use is, "I'm going to Trout. " The kids all know what it means. It's shorthand for the furniture-making taught by George Trout, who is single-handedly responsible for beautifying the homes of Springfield with more handcrafted furniture than you'd find in a Shaker village. When his students talk about him, they use words like passionate, caring, inspiring. Declares one admirer: "He's the man!" He is one of those teachers who teach more than they seem to be teaching.
November 19, 2008 |
Multiple crises are forcing elected officials to focus almost exclusively on near-term challenges, ignoring areas that could lead to more vexing predicaments. Perhaps nowhere is this shortsightedness more apparent than in our nation's disregard for educating our most promising students. While emerging nations are redoubling their investments in their brightest minds, the United States has opted for neglect. Washington invests a pittance in gifted education - about 2.6 cents of every $100 in federal education funds.
May 27, 2008 |
Pennsylvania is taking steps to make gifted education available to more students, but that has done little to quell long-standing tension between parents and school districts over how the state's brightest are educated. The proposed changes on course to become final this summer make clear that districts must use more than an IQ score to identify gifted students - as most other states do. The state sets a 130 IQ as the trigger for gifted education and allows districts to choose the other criteria, such as teacher recommendations and classroom work.
March 16, 2008 |
Make-believe detectives examined fingerprints and scribbled clues in their notebooks. Nearby, children launched a rocket fueled by Alka Seltzer and water. Despite appearances, this was not the school science fair. Instead, it was a social mixer for an unusual peer group - youngsters often set apart by their high intelligence and sense of social unease. The 17th annual conference of the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children drew roughly 700 people to a hotel and conference center in Princeton two weeks ago. Among them were kindergartners to middle school students who learned together, and parents and teachers who attended workshops and listened to lectures.
February 7, 2008 |
The Writers Guild strike is still crippling Hollywood productivity, but there is no work stoppage among the creative minds in the West Chester Area School District. On Saturday night, 17 young filmmakers from all three West Chester high schools will present their original works in the auditorium of Bayard Rustin High School at the 2008 West Chester Student Film Festival, the first of its kind in the district. The festival, rescheduled after inclement weather closed schools on Feb. 1, is the brainchild of Aya Hoffman, a Rustin student who came up with the idea for her senior project.
December 7, 2006 |
Katie Devanney, a 16-year-old from Paoli, likes the high school she has designed for herself. She takes three courses online through a Chester County cyber charter school but also takes a literature course for gifted students in the basement of a former church in West Chester. The arrangement makes her a cyber-blended student who takes courses on a computer but also at the cyber school's gifted education center, where she is taught in person by teachers and sits next to other students.
March 24, 2006 |
Four Faust Elementary fifth graders sat in a circle sharing questions they have for U.S. troops. "Why did you want to be a soldier in Iraq?" Kristina Ignatova, 10, asked on a recent morning at her Bensalem school. At Pemberton High School in Burlington County, Brendan McCartney, 14, and Sankalp Kulshreshtha and Josh Muckelston, both 15, wrote and performed a rap song they call "Soldier's Life. " Their class wrote poems, songs and letters about those fighting in Iraq. As the war enters its fourth year, teachers around the region and nation are finding ways to teach students about the war and Iraq.