Vermont is getting a $5 million federal grant for a new automated system that will allow it to better gather and report on information from every school in the state. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Officials say with the new system the state will be able determine, for example, how many students have taken geometry by ninth grade or attended full-day kindergarten.
The second largest public school district in Massachusetts will have a new superintendent of schools by July 1st. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
Daniel Warwick, who began his career in education as a teacher in the public schools in Springfield Mass in 1976, and is currently deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the troubled school systems next chief administrator.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District voted this week at a district committee meeting to continue evaluating an online education program called PLATO, as a means to curb the high school’s dropout rate. The PLATO program or Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations was first purchased by the district in 2011 and can be used for test preparation, expanded learning, and credit replacement.
The Board of Trustees at Berkshire Community College unanimously voted to appoint interim president Ellen Kennedy as the college’s 7th president. Ellen Kennedy took some time to speak with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard.
Kennedy’s appointment will still need to be approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
The National Council on Teacher Quality, a non-profit policy and research center, is working on a project to rate the country’s schools of education. The report is to be published by US News and World Report. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the think tank’s president, Kate Walsh.
Most parents and teachers would be skeptical to hear that young people should spend more time in front of video games to do better in school, but there are some who say that is the case. Clark Aldrich is a leading interface designer and one of the top educational simulator creators in the world. He will moderate a gaming summit tomorrow at Excelsior College in Albany on how serious video games can be used in higher education. Aldrich tells WAMC’s Brian Shields that parents and teachers should be open to serious video games as a good way to learn.