Intel expands math course for teachers

Intel Corp. is going nationwide with an intensive math course for teachers that the company has successfully piloted in the Bay Area and New England.

Expanding Intel Math is piece of a $200 million, 10-year commitment in science, technology, engineering and math education, known as STEM, that Intel announced with President Obama at the White House last week. Continuing Intel science competitions and the International Science and Engineering Fair (this year in San Jose in May) is a bigger piece.

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Art and ingenuity in the shadow of Google

Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology provides the type of high-tech, hands-on, project-based learning that Silicon Valley – and any valley in California – needs more of. It’s where I ended up in my quest for an ad to promote my blog on Rough and Tumble.

I needed an animated ad to promote my new blog on Rough & Tumble, the California news site, and I had no luck finding someone through my  old newspaper contacts. After a week of searching, I ended up where I probably should have started– with two enterprising high school students.

In the process, I received not only an ad but also an education. I got to tour their school, Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, which provides the type of high-tech, hands-on, project-based learning that Silicon Valley – and any valley in California – needs more of. Continue reading “Art and ingenuity in the shadow of Google”

Race to Top bill would give parents more power

A majority of parents at a low-performing school could force a district trustees to turn it over to a charter school operator or take other dramatic actions, under an amendment that Sen. Gloria Romero has added to her Race to the Top legislation.

The Assembly Education Committee will take up a competing bill, ABX5-8, sponsored by Chairwoman Julia Brownley, and possibly Romero’s SBX5-1, tomorrow. Assembly leaders haven’t indicated  whether they’ll seriously consider Romero’s bill.

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