education

Language Immersion Arrives in Central Point

Sep 16, 2014
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"Immersion" programs in schools do not involve throwing students in actual water. 

But they do end up in a pool of students who speak either English or another language, and the class is taught in both languages. 

Language immersion programs are fairly common, but brand new in the Central Point school district. 

Jewett Elementary is home to a first-grade class taught primarily in Spanish, with a mix of English- and Spanish-speaking children. 

Teaching The Students Who Don't Show Up

Sep 11, 2014
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The endless discussions of how to make better schools, and therefore better students, focus largely on what happens within the school walls. 

And that could present a particular problem for Oregon, since many of its students are frequently not there. 

Nationwide studies of school attendance show Oregon among the worst in absenteeism... kids miss a lot of school. 

The pro-attendance group Attendance Works keeps an eye on the situation, which comes down to a clear formula: less school=less achievement in reading and math. 

iPads In Kindergarten In Eagle Point

Aug 28, 2014
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Welcome to kindergarten, kid; here's your iPad. 

We suspect the wording will be somewhat different, but that is the essence of what will happen this year in the Eagle Point School District. 

The district is moving to full-day kindergarten when classes start next week. 

And all 300 or so kindergartners will have regular access to iPads and similar devices as part of the learning process. 

There IS A Free Lunch, For G.P. Schools

Aug 13, 2014
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The story of schools in our times is that many of them have to do without SOMETHING because of budget cuts. 

But no student in Grants Pass schools will have to go without lunch in the coming school year. 

The Grants Pass district just announced free meals for all students this year. 

Tracking English Language Learners

Aug 6, 2014
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Plenty of evidence suggests that students who enter school speaking a language other than English can face some long-term educational challenges. 

But in Oregon, the records are incomplete. 

English language learners are reclassified as English-proficient students once they've mastered the language. 

And the federal government only requires tracking for two years after reclassification. 

Education: Asia And America

Jul 29, 2014
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By many measures, Asian countries lead the world in the overall quality of public education. 

The United States is much farther down the list, despite ongoing efforts to improve schooling here. 

David Scott Clegg is familiar with education in both places. 

He's an educator and the Managing Director of The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based education think tank. 

Rewarding A Drive For Science

Jul 18, 2014
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Do you love science?  Or at least like it a lot? 

We keep working as a society to engender interest in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math. 

And an Oregon student, Rachel Lertora from Astoria, is a finalist in a national science competition climaxing on 4-H National Youth Science Day. 

Education Issues With The OEA President

Jul 11, 2014
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School is out for most kids and teachers, but the work of education goes on. 

And so do the debates about how best to make the American public education system better. 

The existing system has been overlaid with more standardized testing in recent years, and the implementation of the national Common Core Standards. 

The Oregon Education Association represents the teachers who carry out the work. 

Teacher Education Lags In Oregon

Jul 1, 2014
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The ongoing focus on raising the quality of American public education generally falls on teachers. 

And a recent report rated more than 2,000 teacher training programs across the country. 

None of the top 100 are located in Oregon. 

Oregon's Chalkboard Project is dedicated to improving education, including raising the level of teacher education. 

High Marks For High Schools

May 16, 2014
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Several high schools in our region gained some bragging rights recently, as U.S. News & World Report issued its annual rankings of American high schools. 

Ashland High School, South Medford and South Eugene all ranked highly, along with Central Point's Crater Renaissance Academy. 

The Promise Of A Pencil

May 5, 2014
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Just a few years ago, Adam Braun looked down the road to a rich life, in the monetary sense. 

He'd been working at hedge funds since he was 16, and a Wall Street career seemed pre-ordained. 

Then Adam traveled through India, and met a boy who wanted a pencil.  Just a pencil. 

Southern Oregon U.'s "Inspire Academy"

Apr 24, 2014
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When school is out for the summer, getting more education is the last thing on many kids' minds.

Maybe that's why Southern Oregon University left the words "school" and "education" out of its summer program: Inspire Academy. 

The academy offers middle school-aged kids an "experience" in many realms, from chess strategy to stage combat to monster anatomy. 

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Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Oregon, there are more than 20,000 homeless students, in California, nearly a quarter million. And for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems.

Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

Teachers TELL Of Their Working Conditions

Mar 3, 2014
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Oregon teachers and principals have more paperwork to fill out, but the latest addition is voluntary. 

The TELL Oregon survey takes information from the teachers and principals about their working conditions, and it's quite detailed. 

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Talks between striking Medford teachers and the Medford School District continued yesterday and both sides say they are intent on settling a contract as quickly as possible. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of their proposals.

The Mail Tribune reports that talks were continuing late into the night.

Oregon Students Missing Out On AP Chances

Feb 18, 2014
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College-bound high school students can get a leg up on their post-secondary education by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and classes. 

But a recent national report shows many Oregon students do not take advantage of the AP offerings. 

Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

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Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.

The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.

Oregon Rank In Education Falls

Jan 23, 2014
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A recent report from a national group should give Oregon educators pause. 

The report shows the state ranking 40th in student achievement, which is not welcome news.   California came in 33rd in the same list.

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