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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2001
Parents who opposed doubling the amount of time spent on reading in the sixth grade feared it would mean sacrificing the cultural arts programs in Anne Arundel County middle schools. And information starting to come out shows that some schools are being forced to remove courses from the curriculum because of low enrollment and teacher shuffling to get more reading teachers for the new super-size language arts block. "This is exactly what we forecasted," said Carolyn Horan, a Severna Park mother who started an organization to fight the changes this spring.
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By Liz Bowie | October 23, 2013
Despite opposition from one of its board members, the Baltimore County school board approved a 10-year, $15.7 million contract Tuesday night for language arts textbooks. The new textbook series published by McGraw-Hill Education is for grades one through five, and will cost $4.7 million this year. In addition, the board gave its approval for additional expenditures to buy more of the digital and printed materials over the next decade. School board member Michael Collins was the lone dissenter, saying he believed the purchase was premature because the school system has not yet completed writing the curriculum.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2011
Joshua Parker, a 28-year-old Windsor Mill Middle School teacher in Baltimore County, was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year on Friday night, beating out five other finalists from across the state. The announcement was a surprise, kept secret to everyone but a few state education staffers until it was announced to a large crowd at Martin's West about 9:30 p.m. The son of a Prince George's County teacher who encouraged him to enter the profession, Parker is language arts department chairman at Windsor Mill, a school with a high number of disadvantaged students.
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By Erica L. Green | August 21, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the school year in Maryland on Wednesday, with an address and Q&A session with 850 Baltimore County language arts teachers at Perry Hall High School.  According to a release from the U.S. Department of Education, Duncan will join new county Superintendent Dallas Dance, and new state Superintendent Lillian Lowery, in discussing the Obama administration's education reform efforts, specifically those...
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By Erica L. Green | August 21, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the school year in Maryland on Wednesday, with an address and Q&A session with 850 Baltimore County language arts teachers at Perry Hall High School.  According to a release from the U.S. Department of Education, Duncan will join new county Superintendent Dallas Dance, and new state Superintendent Lillian Lowery, in discussing the Obama administration's education reform efforts, specifically those...
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January 20, 1999
To show students that doing well can bring them recognition, the Citizens Advisory Committee of Quarterfield Elementary School has asked The Sun to help publicize its Student of the Week. Winners of the honor must write about themselves.My name is Leanne Wilson. I'm 10 years old in fifth grade at Quarterfield Elem. I have a dog named Molly. She's a chocolate lab and really nice. Dancing and swimming are my favorite things to do and I play the flute. In school my favorite subject is language arts and I'm on the honor roll.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Staff Writer | February 15, 1993
Sunset Elementary schoolteacher Nancy Thomas tells the 17 students she meets with after school that all the world's a stage. Over the next two months, for an hour each Wednesday, she intends to prove it.The children, would-be mimes under Ms. Thomas' instruction, are part of Sunset's new after-school enrichment program, designed to challenge especially bright, talented students."
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December 28, 2003
Carroll schools serve ESOL students You may be surprised to learn that the Carroll County public school system provides services for students speaking 15 languages. These students arrive in Carroll County from countries around the world and different parts of the United States. The program that provides assistance to these students is called English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The Maryland state definition of an ESOL student is someone "who was born outside of the United States or whose native language is not English; the student comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; or the student is an American Indian or Alaskan Native and comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the student's level of English proficiency."
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By Mark J. Stout | December 1, 2011
Last summer, the Maryland State Department of Education held "Educator Effectiveness Academies" for all public elementary and secondary schools across the state. The purpose of these academies was to provide professional development for teachers about the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English/language arts. Invited to participate in these meetings were principals, along with representatives from English/language arts, mathematics, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
NEWS
December 23, 2001
Schools' ESOL program an asset for students There are many different instructional services offered by the Carroll County Public School System, but perhaps one of the most unique is a program called English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Although ESOL is offered throughout the county, many people are unaware of its existence. An ESOL student is defined as someone who is born outside of the United States or whose native language is not English. ... At the present time there are approximately 120 students speaking almost 20 different languages attending 23 schools in Carroll County.
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By Mark J. Stout | December 1, 2011
Last summer, the Maryland State Department of Education held "Educator Effectiveness Academies" for all public elementary and secondary schools across the state. The purpose of these academies was to provide professional development for teachers about the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English/language arts. Invited to participate in these meetings were principals, along with representatives from English/language arts, mathematics, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2011
Joshua Parker, a 28-year-old Windsor Mill Middle School teacher in Baltimore County, was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year on Friday night, beating out five other finalists from across the state. The announcement was a surprise, kept secret to everyone but a few state education staffers until it was announced to a large crowd at Martin's West about 9:30 p.m. The son of a Prince George's County teacher who encouraged him to enter the profession, Parker is language arts department chairman at Windsor Mill, a school with a high number of disadvantaged students.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2011
Joshua Paul Parker readily admits he makes his language arts students at Windsor Mill Middle School work hard. "Proficiency is not enough," he said. "They have to shoot for perfection. There is strength in striving. " That attitude embodies Baltimore County's aspirations for its more than 100,000 students and led to Parker's choice as the teacher of the year Monday during the county's 24th annual celebration of its teaching talent. "He lives and breathes the philosophy of our blueprint for progress," said Joe A. Hairston, superintendent of county schools.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2011
A Mount Washington Elementary School teacher whose fifth-graders engage in lunchtime book club discussions and embody historic figures in social studies lessons has been named Baltimore City's 2011 Teacher of the Year. Margaret May, who has taught language arts and social studies at Mount Washington Elementary for five years, was surprised with the honor Monday with a visit and a bouquet of roses from city schools CEO Andres Alonso, a chorus of ecstatic exclamations from excited students, and tears of happiness from principal Sue Torr.
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,Sun Reporter | September 5, 2006
Lauded for their innovative teaching styles, unique abilities to build relationships with students and parents, and unwavering dedication to their profession, seven Maryland educators recently were named finalists for the 2006-2007 state Teacher of the Year. Among the seven are a middle school language arts teacher from Anne Arundel County and a high school science teacher from Carroll County. Susan Casler, who spent two decades in the corporate world before becoming an educator, teaches seventh- and eighth-grade language arts at Crofton Middle School.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2005
American households with children have an average of 2.8 televisions. Ninety-seven percent of those households have one or more VCRs or DVD players. Two-thirds have at least one computer. If you think American kids are media-saturated, you're right. But if a new study conducted by the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University is to be believed, it's not the quantity that matters; it's where kids are being saturated. "We looked at the way kids use media and how it related to academic achievement," says Dina Borzekowski, lead author of "The Remote, The Mouse, and the No. 2 Pencil," a research paper on the project that was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine yesterday.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2001
Unrelenting protests by a coalition of parents and intervention by four state senators have delayed the school board's final approval of an ambitious instruction program that would double the time spent on reading in Anne Arundel County's middle schools. The county's senators implored the school board to wait to expand reading instruction long enough to answer their growing list of questions. Though the board did hold off this week on rubber-stamping the plan's final details, school officials said they will forge ahead with their plans for the fall.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 19, 2005
Sandra McWhirter, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie, will spend a month in China this summer as one of 16 Fulbright-Hays scholarship winners nationwide. McWhirter, who lived and taught in the Middle East from 1982 to 1988, said she is looking forward to learning about China and to bringing her knowledge back to the school where she has taught for four years. "I've never traveled in the Far East," she said. "It's an area I'm not that familiar with, and I'd love to learn more about it."
NEWS
December 28, 2003
Carroll schools serve ESOL students You may be surprised to learn that the Carroll County public school system provides services for students speaking 15 languages. These students arrive in Carroll County from countries around the world and different parts of the United States. The program that provides assistance to these students is called English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The Maryland state definition of an ESOL student is someone "who was born outside of the United States or whose native language is not English; the student comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; or the student is an American Indian or Alaskan Native and comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the student's level of English proficiency."
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