Gilman named to Essex Tech board

A city councilor who headed the Gloucester School Committee for two years has been tapped by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken to take over as the city’s representative on the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School board. Val Gilman, who served on the city School Committee for six years and as its chairwoman in 2012-2013, gained the recommendation of the mayor and approval from the city’s School Committee to succeed Melissa Teixeira Prince as Gloucester’s voice on the regional board that oversees the 18-community vo-tech school district based in Danvers.…

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Education: Critical to Our Children’s Freedom

At recent family events at each of my two daughters’ schools in Montgomery County, my wife and I were pleased to meet their teachers and hear about the exciting learning opportunities they will experience. But not all young people in Maryland or in communities throughout America attend schools where they have access to strong teachers, well-resourced classrooms, well-rounded and engaging curricula, clean and safe schools, or even basic necessities, including books. In a few months, we likely will read again in the news about bitingly cold temperatures inside schools in…

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Facing Tomorrow’s High-Tech School Surveillance

This fall, as students file into Lockport City schools in upstate New York, they will be watched not just by teachers. Instead, for the first time in the district’s history, students will be monitored by a sophisticated new surveillance system that scans their faces, looking for matches to the school’s security database. It might sound like dystopian science fiction, but this could be the not-too-distant future for schools across America and beyond. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, for instance, have already begun publishing models for how to…

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Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

Preschooll is a major market in the world of apps, with more than half of apps on the Apple and Android platforms geared toward kids 5 and under. But few of these apps are developmentally appropriate and most fail to teach in ways preschoolers need to learn. Those are the findings of a report recently released by researchers at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. The researchers looked at 171 apps from the top 10 paid and free Apple and Android math and literacy apps available on Amazon and Google Play and found…

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