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Reading and Spanish teacher Maria Guerrero talks with a parent and student during a recent parent-teacher conference at A. Mario Loiederman Magnet Middle School for Creative and Performing Arts. The school schedules conferences one day each semester from 2 to 8 p.m., which allows more parents, especially fathers, to attend. No appointments are necessary and parents can speak with all of their child's teachers.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Principal Sean Bulson, student Marisol Williams, parent Susan Kitt and resource teacher Ivan Teelucksingh joined national education experts from New York University in a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss homework. The B-CC panelists provided firsthand perspective supporting the findings of the MetLife 2007 Survey of the American Teacher: The Homework Experience, part of a series published annually since 1984.
M-Stat is a way to focus on key data at the district, school, and classroom level in order to improve achievement for all students. Leadership staff members are using the process to determine which strategies are most effective in raising performance and closing the gap. One key data point is enrollment in Algebra I by Grade 8.
Parents can now register children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for the 2008–2009 Prekindergarten and Head Start programs. Both provide comprehensive services including preschool education, health and social services, and parent involvement for low-income families, including those with children with disabilities. Visit the Early Childhood Readiness Fair Mar. 7, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., at Long Branch Community Center. More information: 301-431-7696.
The Transition Unit, in collaboration with St. Luke’s House, Inc., is helping students with emotional disabilities make a successful transition to college, vocational training or employment. An almost $4 million grant from the Social Security Administration to St. Luke's Career Transition Program will increase services for juniors and seniors.
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Providing additional support for students in areas with a high proportion of families living in poverty is paying off, according to an article in the Feb. 20 edition of Education Week titled "When 'Unequal' is Fair Treatment." The school system is credited with maintaining “a delicate balance between raising the bar and closing the gap” that has narrowed achievement gaps while increasing academic rigor for everyone.
Students at New Hampshire Estates get a healthy start to the day with breakfast in their classroom, part of the federal school breakfast program. MCPS celebrates National School Breakfast Week March 3-7. Research has shown that students who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and score higher on achievement tests. They also have improved behavior, reduced tardiness and fewer absences.
“Montgomery County is among the leaders in the nation for boosting the participation and performance of black students in Advanced Placement courses,” according to a March 2 editorial in The Washington Post. In the past seven years, triple the number of African American students are taking AP tests and twice as many are passing the exams—far above the national average.