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Students at three Allen County (Ind.) schools eligible for free tutoring under NCLB are taking advantage of the law's Supplemental Educational Services at rates exceeding the national average. At the Fairfield and Bloomingdale elementary schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools and Village Elementary in East Allen County Schools, participation rates range from 30 to 45 percent of the eligible students for the tutoring services. Administrators in the districts employed a combination of strategies to explain the tutoring program to both teachers and parents. [More-Fort Wayne Journal Gazette] (Mar. 19)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston released the findings of a three-year study of the effects on the thinking skills of elementary school students who made multiple educational visits to the museum as part of an art education program. Supported by an OII Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant, the Gardner Museum and Boston's Tobin and Farragut schools employed the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) methodology, with opportunities for students to observe and interpret works of art that they selected. According to the project's researchers, the participating students showed statistically significant improvements in such skills as associating, comparing, and thinking flexibly. [More-Boston Globe] (Mar. 12)

Lamar Elementary School continues to receive top honors from the Texas Education Agency "for consistently strong academic performance while educating large populations of impoverished students during the three previous school years". This year marks the second consecutive year, and the ninth of the last 10 years, in which TEA has recognized Lamar Elementary as a "distinguished performance school". The school met six indicators established by TEA's NCLB division. [More-Sulphur Spring News Telegram] (Mar. 7)

More autistic students are seeking college degrees, according to David R. Johnson, director of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. At the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University in Huntington, the ever-increasing number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders has spawned a new challenge: parents and autistic students want improved access to college. [More-Herald Dispatch] (Mar. 5) /

Six schools slated to open in the fall could help alleviate some of Michigan's critical career shortage areas by allowing high school students to simultaneously receive high school diplomas as well as associate's degrees in areas where the state faces a lack of qualified workers. The schools--known as middle colleges and early colleges--will focus on health care careers, where Michigan faces a critical shortage. In other states, such schools emphasize fields like technology and international studies. There are now 129 early colleges nationwide, and that number is likely to increase to about 300 during the next five years, according to the Early College High School Initiative./ [More-The Detroit Free Press] (Feb. 22)

The New York City school system will open its first public school dedicated to the Arabic culture and language in September, with half of its classes eventually taught in Arabic. The school is opening in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit group that has helped to create small schools in recent years, and the Arab-American Family Support Center, a Brooklyn social service agency. The Khalil Gibran International Academy, which will serve students in sixth through twelfth grade, is one of 40 new schools that the state Department of Education is opening for the 2007-2008 academic year. [More-The New York Times] (Feb. 13 paid subscription required)

Future bricklayers, electricians, and experts in computer-aided design are receiving an education not only in their preferred trades, but also in challenging core academic subjects at Burlington's Construction Career Academy, a "school within a school" in Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Labor and the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin fund the school. Students enter the academy in their sophomore year and take required college preparatory classes alongside the tailored curriculum in various trades. The academy might be the answer to lagging workforce development in Racine County where nearly one-third of the population aged 18 to 24 lacks a high school diploma or its equivalent. [More-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel] (Feb. 12)
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Title Annotation:INNOVATIONS IN THE NEWS
Publication:The Education Innovator
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Date:Mar 29, 2007
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