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Chavez High School Wins National Vocabulary Competition

Chavez High School Wins National Vocabulary Competition

Community Events, HISD June 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

Tis the season for championship academic competitions. And while not as well known as UIL or quiz bowl, the inaugural Vocabulary.com  Vocabulary Bowl was notable this year for crowning a champion from Houston. Chavez High School students won the national championship with a collective total of 303, 387 points amassedRead More

Houston Students Perform Well at 2015 UIL State Academic Meet

Houston Students Perform Well at 2015 UIL State Academic Meet

Community Events, Houston Schools June 3, 2015 at 7:30 am

May 27th – High school students from all over the state converged in Austin, TX for the 2015 University Interscholastic League Texas Academic meet. The meet, which was held on campus at the University of Austin, lasted for three days and held over a dozen competitions in subjects such asRead More

Op-Ed: On Not Shielding Our Children From “Real” Books

Op-Ed: On Not Shielding Our Children From “Real” Books

Best of the Web, Goods for Teens June 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

When I was little, my mother would sometimes pre-read books before allowing me to have them. If she was concerned that content or themes might be too adult, she’d look for herself and see. She meant well; she wanted to protect me from growing up too fast and learning thingsRead More

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Gender Biases in Choosing Tech for Kids

In this day and age, children start using digital devices early on and grow up with technology. But how do we decide which devices our children will use? A recent study from PlayScience asked that very question, and some of the answers it found were unsettling. In addition to devices’Read More

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Why Do Teens Always Seem So Angry?

Health & Science, Resources for Parents May 28, 2015 at 7:30 am

Apart from anecdotal evidence and a cornucopia of movies, books, and songs written on the subject of teenage angst, we can learn from scientific research that negative emotions become more common as people age from age 10 to age 15. Then, from age 15 to age 18, the ratio ofRead More

Op-Ed: Dress Codes are Sexist

Op-Ed: Dress Codes are Sexist

Opinion, Travel & Culture May 27, 2015 at 7:30 am

Dress codes in schools make sense – they set out concrete guidelines to keep students decent and at least somewhat professionally dressed. In theory, they can help to set students on an equal footing and reduce the disparity in dress between the economically disadvantaged and the well-off. Some administrators alsoRead More

How Your C Student Will Still Succeed in College

How Your C Student Will Still Succeed in College

College May 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

A recent article in the New York Times relates the story of a C+ high school student who went to college out of a lack of other ideas, and flourished because of it. The benefits of a college education are oft quoted in our education system. Between the higher earningsRead More

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Abbott-Backed PreK Bill Poised to Become Law

Policy, Research, & Analysis, PreK May 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

  Last week, after two months of back-and-forth, House Bill 4 won its final passage in the Texas legislature. The bill, which provides state funding for public prekindergarten programs, is now ready to be signed into law. In its finalized form, House Bill 4 provides for $130 million in grantsRead More

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New Report Suggests Causes, Solutions for Graduation Rate Gaps

National K-12, Policy, Research, & Analysis May 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

The sixth annual Building a Grad Nation report, released last week, showcases an encouraging trend. According to the most recent data, the United States is still on track to achieve a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020. The 2013 graduation rate of 81.4% was a record high. More importantly,Read More

Why Do Some Students Hate Their Teachers?

Why Do Some Students Hate Their Teachers?

Opinion May 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

I come from a family of teachers, I have many friends that are teachers, and I work in the fields of education and psychology. Playful ribbing of the struggles and strife that educators have to put up with has always been a popular topic in my life. I have noticedRead More

Competency-Based Grading is Growing Trend Nationwide

Competency-Based Grading is Growing Trend Nationwide

Education News May 19, 2015 at 7:30 am

The equivalence of ages with grade levels is a fairly ingrained tradition in American education. If a friend tells you her son is five years old, it’s reasonable to assume that the child is in kindergarten; and if a teenager has just gotten her driver’s license, it’s a safe betRead More

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Houston Schools Place Well in State and National Quiz Bowl Rankings

Community Events, Houston Schools May 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

As the academic year draws to a close, so too does the season for academic competitions. The Private Schools Interscholastic Association State Meet was held in late April; its public school counterpart, the UIL Academic Competition, will have its state meet next week. And the week after that, the NationalRead More

In-School Bullying on the Decline Nationwide, Survey Says

In-School Bullying on the Decline Nationwide, Survey Says

Best of the Web May 15, 2015 at 7:30 am

Bullying is an eternal problem in schools; teachers have a limited scope for controlling students’ social hierarchies and practices. While teachers may discipline students who display harmful social behavior, or act as resources for students who have been the targets of this harmful behavior, it would be nigh impossible toRead More

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Arts Access Initiative To Expand Programs In 11 HISD Schools

HISD, Travel & Culture May 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

Earlier this week, HISD announced the first concrete programs created under the Arts Access Initiative. The initiative, which is organized by the local nonprofit Young Audiences of Houston, focuses on creating opportunities for arts education in Houston’s public schools. In 2013-2014, the initiative conducted preliminary research in HISD K-8 schools. InformedRead More

Understanding What Your Kids are Going Through: Psychological Development

Understanding What Your Kids are Going Through: Psychological Development

Health & Science, Resources for Parents May 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

Maintaining effective communication with their child is a common struggle for parents. The way adults tend to talk about their daily lives and the problems they’re dealing with doesn’t seem to translate well to a conversation with a 3rd grader. Parents naturally want to help their child handle problems, andRead More

Texas High School Graduation Requirements, Explained

Texas High School Graduation Requirements, Explained

Education News, Resources for Parents May 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

Later this month and early next month, the class of 2015 will be graduating from high schools all over Texas. They will be one of the last classes to graduate under the existing graduation requirements. Students entering high school in 2014 and following years will graduate under the requirements ofRead More