January 27, 2012
Students and families at the International Academy of Saginaw hear from SABIS graduates of their sister school, the International Academy of Flint
A major focus of the presentation was the Student Life Organization which IAS plans to establish. Students were able to ask questions and were impressed and thankful for IAF's high schoolers and graduates who shared their experiences and the many benefits of hard work and taking personal responsibility. Parents and students were able to hear from IAF graduates who are either in college or have graduated from college.
Hot topics during the evening presentation were the weekly testing, rigorous coursework, and overall experience of high school and college. Parents and students were also able to ask many questions of the panel. A big thank you goes out to IAF's high school students Paul Herring, Marcus Herring, Keli Mims, Kalyn Brown, Ashley Hamilton, and Clinton Cox, who shared their valuable time, as well as the IAF graduates now in college, Sharhonda Green, Leonidas Caldwell, Elvin Caldwell, and Chris Collins.
January 24, 2012
January 23, 2012
SABIS International Charter School students take home 5 of the 11 top prizes at the 72nd annual Model Congress
The SABIS® Team, consisting of 16 students (pictured above), took home an astounding 5 of the 11 total awards including the prestigious Outstanding Delegation award with Brandon Santiago, Hannah Sullivan, Ashley Lewis and Catherine Lupien.
This is the third year in a row the SABIS® Team has won this award. In addition, Danielle Lessard took second place overall and won a scholar ship valued at $83,706, Hannah Sullivan took third place and won a scholarship valued at $55,804 and Brandon Santiago took fourth place and won a scholarship valued at $27,902.
Freshman Katherine Mauke took home an honorable mention. She is the only freshman, from any school, to take home an individual award and the first freshman to do so in over five years.
With over 200 students in attendance from across New England and New York, the team of students from SABIS International Charter School rose to the top, showing professionalism throughout the competition, while making alliances and respecting their opposing delegates.
January 18, 2012
January 17, 2012
SABIS students took 3 of the 4 top prizes at the 72nd annual Model Congress at American International College
Students from SABIS International Charter School took three of the top four prizes at the 72nd annual Model Congress at American International College. Agawam High students won three Honorable Mention awards, but the top prize went to a St. Joseph Central high School student.
Nicole Akramoff was voted top delegate at the three day event, earning her a full tuition scholarship to AIC for four years.
More than 250 students from throughout New England and New York participated in the Model Congress, the longest running event of its kind in the country.
They worked on a variety of bills, including legislation that would help expand the use of DNA and fingerprints for the identification and prosecution of criminals; a bill to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil while developing alternative energy sources in the United States by lifting restrictions on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico; and a Welfare Reform Bill that would deny welfare benefits to individuals that do not have a High School diploma or a GED.
The students submitted the legislation prior to the start of Model Congress, and each bill was then debated, amended and voted on during committee meetings. Bills that were approved in committee were taken up the next day in House and Senate sessions.
AIC faculty judges rated the delegates on their debating and oratorical skills, as well as their knowledge and use of Robert's Rules of Order.
Model Congress is organized and run each year by AIC students. Andrew Ledoux, an English major from Seekonk, Mass., served as General Chair for the 72nd Model Congress.
Newly-elected Holyoke mayor Alex Morse addressed the joint session of Model Congress urging the student leaders to stay involved with the governmental process. At 22, Morse is the city's youngest mayor ever.
Springfield City Council president James Ferrera spoke at the awards banquet. Ferrera read a proclamation from the City Council congratulating AIC on its 72 year tradition of Model Congress. (Source: AIC)
January 11, 2012
January 9, 2012
The report out Friday is by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. It says that much of the growth is in the area of online learning, known as “virtual schools.”
The operators are known as education management organizations. The sector emerged in the 1990s as part of an effort to use the market to force changes in public education.
The report notes that there are almost 300 such companies today and that nearly 780,000 students attend schools operated by them. (Washington Times)
January 5, 2012
Posted: 02 Jan 2012 06:00 AM PST
Posted by Peter Meyer - Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow on the Flypaper Blog
A fascinating story in the New York Times about schooling in India has a few things to teach American educators; mainly, that the poor really do want a good education. (I have had extended discussions with colleagues about the question of educating the poor (see here, here, and here) and Kathleen Porter Magee’s The “Poverty Matters” Trap is a must-read for anyone investigating the subject.)
As it turns out, public schools in India, like many in the U.S., are apparently lousy – “in many states,” write Vikas Bajaj and Jim Yardley about India, “government education is in severe disarray, with teachers often failing to show up.” But unlike the U.S., where charter schools and vouchers have begun to offer alternatives, In India the poor have turned to a network of private schools to educate their children. It is much as James Tooley described it in a 2005 story in Education Next (and his subsequent book, The Beautiful Tree), recounting amazing stories from around the world:
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