10-4-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: A Rising Tide in Camden — Continued School Progress

Key to the turnaround: strong leadership and continued hard work and commitment of students, teachers, parents, and administrators

Last week marked the third annual release of school-by-school PARCC scores — and the third year in a row of sustained academic progress. With each year that passes, New Jersey students continue to show improvement on the statewide PARCC assessment, and Camden students are no exception. This is a hopeful trend that suggests that the changes underway in the Camden education system are working and should be sustained.

All across Camden, more students are achieving proficiency than ever before. According to the latest round of PARCC scores, over 300 more students are proficient in reading and math. What’s so remarkable about this progress is that it’s happening in both district and renaissance schools (district/charter school partnerships).

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/10/03/op-ed-a-rising-tide-in-camden-continued-school-progress/

Janellen Duffy | October 4, 2017

 

Education Week--The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us

Two arts education luminaries reflect on their work and what's ahead

Fifty years ago, a small group of scholars joined together to launch Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The philosopher Nelson Goodman christened the interdisciplinary team "Project Zero" to convey that while there was plenty of useful lore in education in the arts, there was little systematic knowledge. Through much of the 20th century, it's fair to say that artistry had not been taken seriously in American social science.

Project Zero has drawn on several disciplines—pre-eminently developmental psychology and cognitive psychology—to elucidate the range of skills and understandings that were appreciated by artists and arts lovers but not by the broader public, including most educators.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/10/04/the-arts-have-much-more-to-teach.html

Howard Gardner & Ellen Winner|October 2, 2017