Seattle Public Schiools http://www.kplu.org en Seattle instructors to help parents stem kids' summer brain drain http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-instructors-help-parents-stem-kids-summer-brain-drain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer vacation may be fun, but </span><a href="http://rer.sagepub.com/content/66/3/227.short" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">research shows</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> it wipes out about a month’s worth of learning. This weekend, Seattle schools officials will offer strategies to reduce summer learning loss.</span></p><p>Since kids are understandably wary of anything that makes summer break feel like school, the key is to make it fun, said Seattle Public Schools’ Bernardo Ruiz.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 21:26:37 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8789 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle instructors to help parents stem kids' summer brain drain Seattle school district considers extending elementary school day http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-school-district-considers-extending-elementary-school-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Public Schools wants to add a half-hour to the school day for elementary students by as early as the next school year. But the district must first align a number of variables, including funding and union support.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8425 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle school district considers extending elementary school day Seattle test boycotters rally national support http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-test-boycotters-rally-national-support <p></p><p>A group of Seattle teachers is trying to rally national support behind its boycott of a required test, even as they face reprisals from the school district. Teachers protesting the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, asked their supporters to besiege district headquarters with phone calls and emails. They say the tests waste class time and give misleading information, and they object to MAP scores being used in their own professional evaluations.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:58:19 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7695 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle test boycotters rally national support Standoff escalates over test boycott http://www.kplu.org/post/standoff-escalates-over-test-boycott <p></p><p>The standoff over a series of tests mandated by Seattle Public Schools heated up Wednesday, as another high school joined a growing boycott of the tests and district leaders threatened protesters with suspension.</p><p>Teachers say the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, assess material not covered in class, give poor results and swallow up teaching time. Four schools have rebelled against the tests, with Chief Sealth High the latest to join. Superintendent Jose Banda made clear Wednesday what the consequences of that boycott could be: up to 10 days' suspension without pay.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7627 at http://www.kplu.org Standoff escalates over test boycott Some Wash. schools boost security after Conn. shooting http://www.kplu.org/post/some-wash-schools-boost-security-after-conn-shooting <p></p><p>School personnel and law enforcement around Seattle are stepping up school security in light to this Friday’s shooting in Connecticut. School officials say they know of no threats, but in an abundance of caution they’ve been taking some extra measures.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:26:44 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7373 at http://www.kplu.org