Local PTA Receives Grant to Educate Parents on New Standards

Jefferson County’s 15th District PTA is one of six national recipients of a grant to educate parents and community members about the Common Core State Standards, which go into effect this year. All but six states have adopted the new standards, which aim to unify what students are expected to learn regardless of where they […]

Innovative Teaching Methods

His fifth graders consistently score in the top 5-10 percent, nationwide, on standardized tests. They come to school early, stay late, and show up on weekends and holidays, and they’ve performed Shakespeare at the Globe Theater in London. But Rafe Esquith doesn’t teach at an exclusive private school; 90% of his pupils are below the poverty line, and almost all are from immigrant families, not speaking English as their first language. Wednesday Esquith joins us to talk about his teaching methods and why they’re so successful.  Listen to the Show

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New Arts Magnet Program Strives to Transform School

Last summer, the Jefferson County Board of Education voted to have more than 20 elementary schools include magnet programs. It came just a year the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down Jefferson County’s desegregation plan saying it unconstitutionally assigned students to schools by race. This week, these magnet programs — focusing on an array of areas […]