Nearly three dozen educators from all regions of the Commonwealth convened in Richmond today for a meeting of a new state “Teacher Cabinet.” The panel was established by Governor McDonnell to strategize and make recommendations for education reforms. The Governor plans to incorporate their ideas into an agenda for the next General Assembly session.
The teachers represent a wide spectrum of grades and specialties and were eager to advise the Governor about a real-world perspective. McDonnell called them excellent, experienced educators.
Virginia’s school boards would have until 2017 to plan for complete student access to electronic textbooks IF they decide to use them … under a bill recommended by a General Assembly advisory panel. The measure aims to close a digital divide that’s already opened up among some students who don’t have access to e-textbooks at home. While the solution is more complex than it seems, panel members say fixing the problem can’t wait.
With regular reports these days about school shootings, you might expect kids to be somewhat nervous, but a new survey shows students in 453 middle schools around the state feel safe - and most like school.
University of Virginia Professor Dewey Cornell polled about 40,000 kids in 7th and 8th grades. He found more than two thirds like school, feel comfortable asking teachers for help with school work, and feel safe. Cornell says two elements were key to those positive findings - structure and support.
For some kids, this summer was all about relaxing and having fun, but for 165 students from Virginia high schools, it was a time for some hard mental work.
They gave up their cell phones, laptops and iPads to take part in the annual Language Academy at Washington and Lee – hearing and speaking only French, Spanish or German and – through that language – learning one more language.