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November 9, 2015
Community leaders recall Amos Brown's big influence on education
As part of the remembrances of WTLC radio host Amos Brown, it should be noted that Brown had a deep interest in, and impact on, education issues in Indianapolis.
October 2, 2015
Arne Duncan resigns as education secretary, former New York schools chief to take over
Duncan, Obama's only education secretary over his two terms, will head home to Chicago. He has recently had a lot to say about Indiana.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
December 11, 2014
Study: Education nonprofits, boards lag behind student population in diversity
Most of the high-level employees and an overwhelming majority of board members in education-focused nonprofits are white, according to a new report on diversity in education organizations. And though nearly all education advocacy and reform nonprofits say they value diversity, fewer have taken concrete steps to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of their staffs, leadership, and boards, according to the report.
November 6, 2014
Report: “Personalized learning” shows promise, but barriers remain
“Personalized learning” is in — the Tennessee Department of Education has an office dedicated just to the approach. But just what makes learning “personalized,” let alone whether such programs work, is less clear.
Teaching & Classroom
September 4, 2014
2 Marion County teachers are finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year
Of the 10 teachers named finalists for Teacher of the Year in Indiana, two are from Marion County, including a teacher already honored twice this…
August 1, 2014
SCS bus drivers threaten to strike the first day of school
Several Shelby County Schools bus drivers have threatened to go on strike Monday, the first day of school. The union is recommending that 300 bus drivers vote…
July 10, 2014
For Civil Rights Museum, more student engagement is part of new design
A group of white-gloved librarians and teachers recently huddled around a table at the National Civil Rights Museum, examining artifacts of unknown origin — at least,…
July 8, 2014
Let the light in: how Memphis grew a national poetry champion
Anita Norman stood on stage all by herself in the final round of the national Poetry Out Loud championship in Washington D.C. but she was not alone. Norman had parsed over her poem, “Let the Light In,” so many times with her teacher and her family that they all knew the words by heart: she just needed to release herself into the words of the poet Ellen Watkins Harper, who would carry her the rest of the way. Norman was one of only six contestants who made it to the final round out of more than 365,000, but she had been working up to this moment for three years.
June 25, 2014
Arlington High School student wins national poetry contest
Anita Norman, a student at Arlington High School, won the national Poetry Out Loud competition held in Washington DC this year. She beat out 365,000…
June 19, 2014
Vocabulary camp at Sharpe Elementary keeps students focused on reading this summer
In 2013-14 school year, Sharpe Elementary's goal was to increase student literacy by 60 percent, which would be based on state test results. More than 70 percent of the school's students were reading below grade level at the beginning of the school year.
Shelby County Schools
May 29, 2014
At closing schools, tenured Shelby County teachers sue district to keep jobs
Five Shelby County School tenured teachers filed a lawsuit against the district last week arguing they have a right to a job this fall. The teachers…
May 27, 2014
Hopson holds off on outsourcing the hiring of substitute teachers
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II removed from Tuesday’s board meeting agenda a proposal to outsource the hiring of substitute teachers but said it’s…
May 21, 2014
Shelby County Schools will not wait on TCAP scores to release students’ final grades
Shelby County Schools’ third through eighth grade students’ final grades this year will not factor in their performance on the state tests they took in…
May 19, 2014
Shelby County School Board to ask public about extending Hopson’s contract
The Shelby County School Board will ask the public to weigh in on the possibility of extending Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II’s contract this Thursday. School…
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