A Push for Phys Ed
- A new study makes a strong case that physical education may be the
single best strategy for curbing the nation's growing child obesity problem--at
least among girls. In the first study to evaluate the effect of P.E. programs on
kindergartners and first-graders, researchers found that increasing P.E. time by
one hour per week could lead to a significant decline in body mass index, a
measure of body fat, among girls.
Virginia's Governor Plans Drive to Reform U.S. High Schools - Virginia
Gov. Mark R. Warner said yesterday that his major initiative as chairman of the
National Governors Association will be a campaign to reform American high
schools and make the senior year more meaningful. Warner called 12th grade "one
of the most important transition years in education" but said too many seniors
slack off and waste the time. As one cure for "senior slump," Warner said,
seniors should be allowed to receive college credit, thus saving some of their
college tuition and trimming states' higher education budgets.
Chief of School Panel Wants Historic Shift - James Nevels says his
drive to change the way Philadelphia teachers are assigned is aimed at
equity of opportunity for students. [Free login/registration required.]
More States Offer Single-sex
Schools - For an increasing number of
public schools, the formula for a better education requires a little
arithmetic: divide the girls from the boys. That's just fine with Kristielle
Pedraza, a 13-year-old who says she will not miss the boys while she attends
the Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, Dallas' first all-girls
public school and one of a growing number of such schools nationally.
School-based Coaching: Revolution or Fad? -
After years of disappointing results from conventional professional
development efforts many districts are now hiring coaches to improve their
schools. The professional development strategy known as school-based
coaching generally involves experts in a particular subject area or set of
teaching strategies working closely with small groups of teachers to improve
classroom practice and, ultimately, student achievement.
Experience with the Raise Responsibility System - Last
April (2003), I started a new life journey that has
dramatically changed who I am as a principal as well as who I
am as a person. I was completing my fifth year as an
elementary public school principal.
Stress, Punishments or Rewards - How Leaders,
Teachers, and Parents Promote Responsibility. Marvin Marshall details his Raise
Responsibility System - a simple and amazingly effective approach that promotes
responsibility, self-discipline, and learning.