Dr. Marciene Mattleman

Commitment To Hispanic Education

One in five public school students is Hispanic. In October, a summit was hosted by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence to deal with the dropout rate and related issues.

01/11/2011

Let’s Speak English

“Let’s Speak English,” a program now being offered at eleven branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia, offers conversation English classes to immigrants.

01/10/2011

The Boston Plan

An article about turnaround schools in Boston describes how everyone involved –teachers, parents and students– has been “addicted to progress”.

01/05/2011

How Boys Learn Best

Responding to concerns that boys are falling behind, a new study offers data on the best ways to teach boys, suggesting practices applicable to schooling anywhere.

01/04/2011

Parenting From Behind Bars

“Daddy and Me” is a literacy course in which eight prisoners record books for the kids they left behind. The program is inexpensive and deserves to be replicated.

01/03/2011

Spotty History, Good Literature

It turns out that poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an accomplished borrower, taking content and themes for “The Song of Hiawatha” from Michigan’s Ojibwe Indians among others.

12/29/2010

Art Speaks

Art Speaks is an opportunity for every single fourth grader in the Philadelphia public schools to travel to major art museums as part of their curriculum.

12/28/2010

Blind College Students Shut Out Online

College web pages are widely inaccessible to blind students at 183 colleges surveyed and many have no centralized way to ensure that online courses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

12/27/2010

How US Students Rank Internationally

The Programme for International Student Assessment, the PISA test, compares educational levels across nations.

12/22/2010

Online Cross Cultural Connections

Connect, a ten-week program of facilitated online discussion among students from Western and Muslim countries, is growing in popularity.

12/21/2010

Need A Job? Check Out The Feds

We all know people looking for work and among the most disappointed about being unemployed are college grads. Tell them that the federal government may be the best place to get a job these days.

11/24/2010

Are Big Time College Sports Beneficial?

The number of televised football games on Saturday afternoons rose from only 2 in 1983 to 29 last year reports Charles Clotfelter in a commentary piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

11/23/2010

Student Tracking Systems Raise Concerns

Radio tracking identification has been used for years to monitor cattle and now is being utilized by some school districts to track student attendance.

11/17/2010

New Words In English

The complete Oxford English Dictionary online will debut this December but you can expect new words will be added each year.

11/16/2010

Technology Can Change The Academic Calendar

Online college courses that are ‘self-paced’ are growing in popularity and some say the next frontier in education is to merge ‘self-paced’ with social networking for greater interaction.

11/15/2010

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