Ready...Set... Go build a robot that can go play a game that looks a little like disc golf meets American Gladiators!Â
Oh, we're going to need a website with that, too, and you have around two months to get everything ready to go.Â
Thatâ€™s the challenge that was set before nearly 40 teams of high school students from across the region that assembled at the St. Louis Science Center on Saturday for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.Â
The state says five Missouri charter schools are financially stressed.
Four of the schools are in St. Louis - Carondolet Leadership Academy, Grand Center Arts Academy, South City Preparatory Academy and Jamaa Learning Center. The fifth is Pathway Academy in Kansas City.
This is the first time the state has declared schools financially stressed under a new state law that requires more supervision of the publicly funded but independently run schools. The designation is based on ending balances in two key funds.
Updated at 4:57 p.m. with comments from DESE's Margie Vandeven; Peter Herschend, State Board of Education President; and Chris Nicastro, Mo. Education Commissioner.
St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education. The struggling district, which has been under state control for five years, will now have provisional, but not full, accreditation.
Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 3:46 pm
The intractable issues that led to the teachers' strike in Chicago are being argued about in states and school districts across the country.
The past decade has been a time of enormous ferment in education policy, with numerous new ideas and approaches being promoted by everyone from conservative think tanks to the well-heeled Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Obama administration officials.
Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:44 am
If you're a student, you may have harbored the fantasy of learning lessons while you sleep. Who wouldn't want to stick on a pair of headphones, grab some shut-eye with a lesson about, say, Chinese history playing in his ears â€” and wake up with newly acquired knowledge of the Ming Dynasty?
Sadly, it doesn't work. The history lesson either keeps you from going to sleep, or it doesn't â€” in which case you don't learn it.
Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier can now add "Missouri Teacher of the Year" award recipient to her resume.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationÂ says Cartier came to teaching later in life, following a career in social work. She also then served as a substitute teacher in the school district where she now works.
"I know that when I build relationships with my students I can aim high," Cartier said. "They will always amaze me."