Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, whom Gov. Ralph Northam plucked from a Prince William County middle school teaching job, was back in the classroom Tuesday.But this time, it was in Roanoke’s Monterey Elementary School, where he led James Taylor’s fifth-grade class in a discussion on leadership.Elsewhere in the building, Virginia’s first lady Pamela Northam read “The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School” to Latasha Suggs’ third-grade class as preparation for an experiment involving slime.Qarni and Northam brought their lesson plans to Roanoke in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. Like Qarni, Northam also has a background in education. She previously taught high school biology, and developed a curriculum focused on hands-on learning for students from kindergarten to fifth grade.“I could not have imagined celebrating this special week without going into a classroom,” Qarni said.A few weeks after he was … [Read more...] about With lessons on leadership and … slime, secretary of education, first lady teach at Roanoke school
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PARENTS are up in arms after a primary school said it was going to end the week at lunchtime on Fridays so teachers had more time “to chill”. Bosses at Ashby Fields Primary School in Daventry, Northants, say drastic measures need to be made to stop teachers quitting the profession and give staff “a healthy work-life balance". Teachers proposed to end the week at 1.15pm – with many parents still hard at work. They say the only option is to end the week more than two hours earlier when the results of a public consultation are published in May. It means parents will have to leave work to collect their youngsters or fork out for extra childcare. The controversial proposals were revealed in a letter sent to parents by the school. It read: "Many teachers, despite their love of frontline teaching, cannot manage this workload and maintain a healthy work-life balance, and subsequently resign." But one furious mum blasted the suggestion, saying it does not take into … [Read more...] about Parents furious as school announces plans to shut at lunchtime every Friday so stressed teachers can ‘chill out’
0 Have your say THIS will not make me popular with parents. And it certainly won’t gain much favour with my son who is about to take his GCSEs. In principle, I agree with former Harrow School headteacher Barnaby Lenon. He’s the one who says that youngsters should revise for seven hours a day over the Easter holidays, or aim for 100 hours in total. Psychologists have railed against him, warning of the potential damage to mental health associated with intense study. Other leading teachers have made considered comments about the effectiveness of taking regular breaks and suggested mobile phones might have a lot to answer for. Meanwhile Mumsnet, that last redoubt of concerned motherhood, has put forth the helpful view that the “children” who are obliged to revise for GCSEs and A-levels should “not chain themselves to their desks”.And then we wonder why so many teenagers – especially in state schools – regularly fail to achieve even … [Read more...] about Jayne Dowle: Hard work pays off – the life lesson of seven hours a day revising for exams
Sadiq Khan released his draft London Plan, which will form the blueprint for what London will be like 25 years from now. The plan, published on Wednesday (November 29), focuses on a "good growth" strategy for London to cope with the expected rise in population by two million over the next 25 years. He is expected to outline policies towards housing, jobs, transport, health, policing, education, the environment, Heathrow Airport's expansion, Crossrail and Crossrail 2 and the lessons learnt from the Grenfell Tower fire. Mr Khan, who was elected in May 2016, will be putting forward precise strategies and areas to target for growth, as well as policy decisions which will shape London over his mayoralty and beyond. Read More Sadiq Khan in the news We will be scouring the 524-page document and picking out the key points throughout the day. For all the latest news and breaking news, visit our news section , or follow us on Facebook or Twitter . Keep up to date with the latest news from … [Read more...] about The decisions affecting you in Sadiq Khan’s new London Plan
Washington — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came here from the Grand Rapids area to reform education and expand alternatives to traditional public schools, but her agenda has been rebuffed by a Republican-led Congress and stymied by the polarized climate surrounding her tenure. Education experts say her Department of Education has few policy wins to tout after more than a year, and a series of stumbles in high-profile forums — from her confirmation hearing to a mid-March CBS “60 Minutes” interview — hurt her ability to effectively harness the bully pulpit. “She has learned quite a bit on the job,” said Mike Petrilli, president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a policy group in Washington that supports school choice. “This is a whole new kind of role for Betsy DeVos. She was used to being somebody who was a strategist in the background, and wasn’t someone who was out front giving a lot of speeches. She wasn’t … [Read more...] about Hard lessons for Betsy DeVos in D.C.