Education http://wlrn.org en Poll Finds Support For Common Core Declining Among Republicans And Teachers http://wlrn.org/post/poll-finds-support-common-core-declining-among-republicans-and-teachers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public support for Common Core math and language arts standards dropped in the past year, and less than half of teachers now say they support the standards, </span><a data-mce-="" href="http://educationnext.org/2014-ednext-poll-no-common-opinion-on-the-common-core/" style="line-height: 1.5;">according to an annual back-to-school poll Education Next</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:33:56 +0000 John O'Connor 37362 at http://wlrn.org Poll Finds Support For Common Core Declining Among Republicans And Teachers New Food Truck, New Magnet For South Florida Students Kicking Off The New School Year http://wlrn.org/post/new-food-truck-new-magnet-south-florida-students-kicking-new-school-year <p>South Florida districts raised the curtain on a new school year Monday.</p><p>And that meant showing off two new programs in Miami-Dade schools: a new food truck and the&nbsp;<a href="http://itechmagnet.org/" target="_blank"><strong>iTech</strong>&nbsp;magnet program</a>&nbsp;at Thomas A. Edison Educational Center, which was formerly Little Haiti's Edison Middle.</p><p>Miami-Dade is finishing a billion-dollar renovation of schools, and the food truck will serve meals at campuses when the cafeterias are closed.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:16:12 +0000 John O'Connor 37327 at http://wlrn.org New Food Truck, New Magnet For South Florida Students Kicking Off The New School Year Florida School Districts Preparing For Central American Immigrants http://wlrn.org/post/florida-school-districts-preparing-central-american-immigrants <p>Jessica Gaspar was born in the U.S. and grew up speaking English at school -- but at home, she speaks&nbsp;Q'anjob'al.</p><p>That’s the Mayan language spoken by her Guatemalan parents.</p><p>She said she and her brother struggled to practice their English once the school day ended. It's why Gaspar volunteers at a community center on a back street lined with body shops in Lake Worth.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:29:20 +0000 John O'Connor 37236 at http://wlrn.org Florida School Districts Preparing For Central American Immigrants Broward County Schools Release $900 Million Maintenance Wish List http://wlrn.org/post/broward-county-schools-release-900-million-maintenance-wish-list <div id="lead"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broward County school leaders have unveiled </span><a href="http://bcpsagenda.browardschools.com/agenda/00935/Item%201A%20%2812177%29/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">a $900 million list of projects</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> they want to complete over the next five years. </span></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:11:05 +0000 John O'Connor 37055 at http://wlrn.org Broward County Schools Release $900 Million Maintenance Wish List Florida's Newest University Will Try To Bring MIT Culture Here http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-newest-university-will-try-bring-mit-culture-here <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This coming Saturday marks the grand opening for Florida's </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> state university. Florida Polytechnic University in Polk County will offer tuition-free education focused on science, technology, engineering and math -- STEM -- to its inaugural class of about 550 students. They'll start on August </span>25<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:36:32 +0000 John O'Connor 36878 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Newest University Will Try To Bring MIT Culture Here Where Should Computer Programming Fit Into Florida's School Requirements? http://wlrn.org/post/where-should-computer-programming-fit-floridas-school-requirements <p>Lots of people think teaching students computer programming is a good idea. But where coding fits in schools is a difficult question.</p><p>Is it a science? A language? Career training?</p><p>Florida lawmakers proposed, but did not approve, letting students substitute coding for foreign language or physical education courses required for a high school diploma. The idea is also <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.charliecrist.com/policy-positions/education">tucked into the education plan</a> of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:56:59 +0000 John O'Connor 36734 at http://wlrn.org Where Should Computer Programming Fit Into Florida's School Requirements? Why Taking More Breaks Can Help Students Get More Done http://wlrn.org/post/why-taking-more-breaks-can-help-students-get-more-done <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CT70iCaG0Gs" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Set a goal. Work hard. Then, take a short break to recharge.</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:54:58 +0000 John O'Connor 36672 at http://wlrn.org Why Taking More Breaks Can Help Students Get More Done How Miami Coding Camps Are Teaching Students Old-School Logic http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-coding-camps-are-teaching-students-old-school-logic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ryan Seashore starts off every </span><a data-mce-="" href="http://codenow.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">CodeNow workshop</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with a simple request: Write out step-by-step instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.</span></p><p>Then a&nbsp;CodeNow teacher pretends to be a robot, and follows the students’ orders exactly as they’re written.</p><p>Students quickly find that asking a computer to perform an everyday task isn’t so easy.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:15:00 +0000 John O'Connor 36534 at http://wlrn.org How Miami Coding Camps Are Teaching Students Old-School Logic Broward County Property Owners Will Pay More For Public Schools http://wlrn.org/post/broward-county-property-owners-will-pay-more-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broward County property owners could pay a little more for public schools next year.</span></p><p>The county school board tentatively approved a $3 billion spending plan&nbsp;Tuesday.</p><p>The Broward County schools’ budget cuts tax rates slightly, but rising property values will mean larger tax bills for homeowners. The owner of a $225,000 home would pay $14 more per year, district officials said.</p><p>The school board is expected to take a final budget&nbsp;vote in September.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:23:21 +0000 John O'Connor 36450 at http://wlrn.org Broward County Property Owners Will Pay More For Public Schools Trouble With Algebra Problems? A Solution In Miami Classrooms http://wlrn.org/post/trouble-algebra-problems-solution-miami-classrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Math is a language. And like any language, teachers need to help students translate the language into terms they understand.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This idea is to learn a language you have to talk it... you have to engage in it,” says <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/07/28/a-q-a-with-activist-and-algebra-project-founder-bob-moses/">Algebra Project founder Bob Moses.</a></span></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:31 +0000 John O'Connor 36327 at http://wlrn.org Trouble With Algebra Problems? A Solution In Miami Classrooms Algebra Project Teaches Miami Kids To Write Better Math Problems http://wlrn.org/post/algebra-project-teaches-miami-kids-write-better-math-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fifty years ago Bob Moses organized volunteers to </span><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.msnbc.com/politicsnation/watch/bob-moses-on-the-freedom-summer-290118211650" style="line-height: 1.5;">register voters in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>And for decades, Moses has been fighting for civil rights as an educator.</p><p>He won a MacArthur Genius Grant to develop a new way to teach algebra in largely low-income and minority schools.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:53:45 +0000 John O'Connor 36252 at http://wlrn.org Algebra Project Teaches Miami Kids To Write Better Math Problems Applications For New School Choice Program Higher Than Expected http://wlrn.org/post/applications-new-school-choice-program-higher-expected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you want one of the roughly 1,800 new scholarships for students with disabilities that allows parents to mix and match services for their children, you better get an application in soon.</span></p><p>More than 1,200 families applied for a Personal Learning Scholarship Account, or PLSA, in the first week of applications. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are intended for students autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other significant learning challenges.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:55:58 +0000 John O'Connor 36159 at http://wlrn.org Applications For New School Choice Program Higher Than Expected Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers http://wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-wants-job-training-teacher-internships-develop-stem-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire.</span></p><p>He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready.</p><p>“I’ve got kids and even... grandkids – the jobs of the future are going to be science, technology, engineering and math-related," said Scott, a Republican. "So we need to do workforce training in those areas.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:56 +0000 John O'Connor 35921 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards http://wlrn.org/post/what-we-learned-year-watching-schools-prepare-floridas-new-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past year the Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. But are schools ready?</span></p><p>Now, we share with you what we've learned along with the Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:35:51 +0000 John O'Connor 35831 at http://wlrn.org What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards How A Library Program Is Helping A Miami Gardens Teen Become A Neuroscientist http://wlrn.org/post/how-library-program-helping-miami-gardens-teen-become-neuroscientist <p><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial;background-image:initial;background-repeat:initial">Over the past few months, we've been covering the efforts of Miami-Dade library supporters to keep libraries fully funded. Advocates say libraries are more than just books -- they're major learning centers. One popular library program is <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/youmediamiami" target="_blank">YouMedia Miami </a></strong>where teenagers learn about technologies like coding, graphic design and music production.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:44:35 +0000 Marva Hinton 35728 at http://wlrn.org How A Library Program Is Helping A Miami Gardens Teen Become A Neuroscientist