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  • California Superintendent Tom Torlakson visits the North State

    Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public schools was in Willows Thursday to learn more about the needs of rural school districts.

    Torlakson spent time at schools in Sutter, Colusa and Glenn counties. In Willows he visited the Intermediate School where he enjoyed music from the Willows High School Band. He also spent time at Lake Elementary and Orland High School.

    Torlakson told Action News Now, schools in rural areas have a lot of unique needs that must be addressed.

    Nice to have the Superintendent of Public Instruction in the North State. This is a photo of him visiting Glenn County and with the Glenn County Superintendent, Tracey Quarne (on the left).
    Posted Dec 9, 2014, 3:18 PM by Gary Jones
  • Common Core stays after school

    A preliminary review of 60 Local Control and Accountability Plans, which are meant to guide spending for districts for the next three years, found that 81 percent mentioned after-school or expanded learning programs and 85 percent mentioned summer programs, according to Jessica Gunderson, policy director for the Partnership for Children and Youth, a nonprofit based in Oakland that promotes expanded learning programs, which did the review.

    Read article HERE.
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 9:20 AM by Gary Jones
  • School Districts investing heavily in Summer Matters

    As California adjusts to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) adopted by the state in 2013, an evaluation of the first year of LCAP filings by the Summer Matters campaign shows overwhelming momentum toward funding summer programming via Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs).

    From large urban areas like Sacramento and Oakland, to rural and suburban areas like Salinas and Stockton, more than 50 out of the 60 school districts surveyed across California will be utilizing additional funding from the state to expand or add high-quality summer programming. The Summer Matters Campaign identified the trend as a sign that school districts are increasingly recognizing summer learning as a necessary component of any strategy to advance critical educational initiatives, from social-emotional learning, to Common Core, to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), to literacy.

    Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 9:17 AM by Gary Jones
  • To Help Language Skills of Children, Text Their Parents

    A new study shows that mobile technology may offer a cheap and effective solution. The research, released by the National Bureau of Economic Researchthis month, found that preschoolers whose parents received text messages with brief tips on reading to their children or helping them sound out letters and words performed better on literacy tests than children whose parents did not receive such messages.

    Read article HERE.
    Posted Nov 17, 2014, 9:00 AM by Gary Jones
  • How to Write a Human-Voiced Resume
    What to say to a prospective hiring manager is the burning question for every job-seeker.

    The traditional resume format does the world's worst job of conveying your heft and power. What can the traditional resume communicate that the hiring executive hasn't heard a million times already?

    Good blog to share with students and family members.

    Here is the LINK.
    Posted Nov 10, 2014, 9:23 AM by Gary Jones
  • An Hour of Code - Career Tech Ed for All Ages

    Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

    Join the Hour of Code December 8 - 14, 2014. More than 46 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

    Here is a LINK to a video that introduces basic programming for beginners. Following the video is a simple 20-step coding exercise using Angry Birds.
    Posted Nov 4, 2014, 1:45 PM by Gary Jones
  • How To Get In Shape Using Psychology: 6 New Tricks From Research
    This is outside the bounds of what I normally post here; I found it fascinating. The article notes how our behavior is affected by seemingly innocuous stimuli.


    Brian Wansink is a Cornell researcher who studies how we eat. He was appointed by the White House to head up changes to US Dietary Guidelines. He’s also the author of two fascinating books:

    Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

    Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life

    In the course of his research, Brian realized something pretty interesting:we eat for lots of reasons — but usually not because of hunger.

    Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Nov 3, 2014, 10:51 AM by Gary Jones
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