Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Better trained teachers can help prepare students for modern jobs, say state and county officials.
Wednesday, March 13
By Krystal Nancoo-Russell, Capital News Service Teachers need more training to help students learn key science, technology, engineering and math skills, Maryland’s school superintendent said Tuesday. “One of the things we have to do as a school system -- and we’re taking full responsibility of that -- is look at the ways that we are preparing our professionals to train our students,” superintendent Lillian Lowery said at a forum on STEM education in Washington. Especially in middle schools, where teachers are required to cover multiple subjects, Lowery said it is challenging to create professional development opportunities focused on those skills. The teacher development program needs to be redesigned to incorporate more STEM skills, …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
But, a school board member assures the public the proposal was pulled and will be reworked with public input taken into consideration.
Local listservs have been heating up with Prince George's County parents voicing concerns about a school board policy change that would allow the district to own the copyright on student work. The Washington Post recently reported the proposal introduced at a Jan. 24 board meeting as something that could be approved as is, but school board members say that isn't true. Board member Peggy Higgins (Dist. 2) said the board heard parents' concerns and pulled the policy to rework it before the Post published its article. "It is through [the first read process] that the problems regarding this policy's proposed language became clear and the proposed policy was pulled in order to be reworked," Higgins wrote in an email to a Riverdale Park …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Two teachers in Upper Marlboro, MD, are among 27 PGCPS teachers recently gaining national board certification.
Prince George's County Public Schools announced that it ranks 3rd in Maryland and 20th in the nation for the number of teachers who have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nearly 330 PGCPS teachers have earned board certification, 27 of them during the 2011-2012 school year, PGCPS said in an announcement Monday. Two teachers in Upper Marlboro schools received certification in 2012. They are Cassandra Hall at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School and Thomas Pierre Jr. at Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School, according to PGCPS. “National Board Certification is the highest level of professional certification a teacher can receive,” said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, interim superintendent of schools. “It …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Bonita Curtis at Fairmont Heights High School receives "Livable Future" grant to teach students about the food system and environment.
Prince George's County Schools teacher Bonita Curtis has won a John's Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) grant to teach students about the food system and its impact on the environment. Curtis, a teacher at Fairmont Heights High School, is one of 10 Maryland teachers to receive a "Teaching the Food System for Educators" grant. The award funds "innovative" educational activities for teachers who were early to adopt CLF's Teaching the Food System curriculum. The program focuses on the relationship of food, public health, diet and the environment. The $2,000 grants enable teachers to build upon the curriculum by creating activities such as field trips and school projects so students can apply what they learn. The project Curtis created…