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Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success
4:57 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Children's Cabinet

Sec. Bill Hazel

Governor McAuliffe has signed two executive orders to create a new framework within his administration to potentially help more children succeed. 

The goal is to develop, implement, and prioritize a policy agenda related to health, poverty, safety, education, nutrition, and housing.  

The plan is to coordinate and strengthen public services on all levels —with a special focus on at-risk children in high-poverty communities.
 

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Beyond Standardized Testing
3:55 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Alternative Assessments

Now that the state has cut back on the number of standards of learning tests administered in grades three through eight, officials in Richmond are looking for new ways to make sure kids are learning. 

They’ll meet August 18th to explore alternatives.

Many parents cheered when the state legislature eliminated five SOL tests, and teachers are also pleased according to Meg Gruber – President of the Virginia Education Association.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

In the Long Run, Adolescent "Coolness" doesn't Always Pay Off

From the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," photo courtesy of CNN.com
Credit http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/showbiz/movies/mean-girls-where-are-they-now-ew/

If you think back to middle school, chances are you remember some of the cool kids - those who looked older, dated sooner, drank, and got into trouble.  They were the popular students, but a new study from the University of Virginia provides an important lesson for everyone else - the popular kids rarely stay that way. 

“They’re teen royalty!”

It’s been ten years since the movie Mean Girls showed just how hard adolescence can be - with the cool kids lording it over their classmates.  

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Revising Standards
4:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

SOL Innovation Committee Begins Work

Governor McAuliffe's Standards of Learning Innovation Committee has held its inaugural meeting, and its members now have their marching orders. 

One of their long-term goals is revise the school standards to be more interesting and far more inclusive.

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150 Years
1:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New Book Features History of the Virginia Education Association

The Virginia Education Association got its starts in the middle of the Civil War.  The story of the VEA’s last 150 years is told in a book set for release next month.

 

Even though school is out for summer in just a couple of hours…some eight-graders at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Roanoke don’t seem to mind taking a few last questions on the periodic table from science teacher Sharon Simpson.  She’s been teaching for 30 years, but says she wants to do it for another five years before she retires.

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