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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2005
Chalk it up to Spidey-sense, but after the recent box-office success of superhero Spider-Man, Maryland's superintendent of schools has adopted a novel approach to motivate reluctant readers: using comic books and graphic novels to enhance reading lessons. Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick created the nation's first state-sanctioned template of lesson plans featuring word balloons and bubbles and action-packed animated panels that teachers can use for a variety of optional lessons. "I just think that it's an opportunity to do something that will supplement our more traditional reading and be highly motivating to students and will engage them in reading in a much more enthusiastic manner," Grasmick said.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday. The grievance, filed in November on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, complained that their workload had ballooned, in large part because lesson plans had not been provided until just weeks before they were to be taught. Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said that county school Superintendent Dallas Dance addressed teachers' concerns by giving them more notice of changes this academic year in curriculum and other educational initiatives.
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By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 15, 1998
WEST MIDDLE School teacher Judi Clark will join a team of astronomers, scientists, graphic designers and Web artists at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) this summer to develop lesson plans featuring images from the Hubble Space Telescope.Her effort is part of a five-week workshop called Amazing Space, which is sponsored by the institute to produce creative, interactive lesson plans on the World Wide Web."It's going to be exciting to work with other teachers," Clark said. "I teach astronomy now, and I hope to have a stronger background after this.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Westowne Elementary teacher Kathleen Mannion has spent long hours after classes using a cumbersome website to access the curriculum she is supposed to teach the next day. "I almost feel like I am living in an alternative universe," said Mannion, who told of how she and fellow teachers at the Catonsville area school regularly leave school at 9 p.m. "I do feel frustrated. " One month into the new school year and rigorous new standards known as Common Core, a number of glitches have arisen within Maryland's public school districts.
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By WALT GARDNER | January 17, 2006
With Teacher Man by Frank McCourt a nonfiction best-seller, the moment is right to question the way we are preparing teachers for the more than 53 million children in the nation's public schools. The answer to the inquiry has more than mere pedagogical appeal because it will ultimately help nurture the values that we cherish as Americans. What Mr. McCourt's memoirs of his years teaching English in New York City's high schools make clear is that inspired instruction is more an art form than a scientific endeavor.
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October 7, 2011
Teachers from Harford and Cecil counties and Baltimore City and the general public will gather at the Havre de Grace High School auditorium Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to immerse themselves in the new War of 1812 curriculum that has been developed to mark the conflict's bicentennial. In the afternoon, teachers will be free to visit the five Havre de Grace history museums to explore field trip options. The city is also holding its annual Graw Days celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Harford County Executive David Craig will kick off the event at 9 a.m. with a Keynote Address, "Terrorism on the Home Front 19th Century Style.
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September 28, 2011
Unlike the teacher quoted in your article "Obama to ease school standard" (Sept. 23), I did not greet this announcement with the joyful anticipation as I began my 19th year in a Baltimore City classroom in September. Quite the opposite. What Liz Bowie 's article neglected to mention was that the state's receiving a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act is conditioned on creating a teacher evaluation system based on student test scores. Here in Maryland, and embedded in the most recent Baltimore City teacher contract, we have already made that pact with the devil.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Anne Haddad, Suzanne Loudermilk, Mary Maushard, Sherrie Ruhl, Alisa Samuels and Andrea F. Siegel contributed to this article | February 12, 1994
The best-laid lesson plans of teachers and professors don't often go astray, but this winter's interruptions are forcing instructors to revise lesson plans again and again.Yesterday, "the lost semester" lost another day, and teachers from public schools to private schools, from first grade through graduate school, retrenched and regrouped."I'm ready to scream," said Rebecca Fitzgerald, who teaches music, band and math at Harford Technical High School in Bel Air. "I find myself saying to the students, 'When we come to school every day, we'll.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2010
Theresa Waddell will never forget the bright boy with troubled eyes who sat in her kindergarten class during her first year as a teacher. She drilled home the message that he could grow to become anything he wanted. He would grow to murder her son. On Monday, Waddell, 59, will stand before a kindergarten class for the first time since her son was killed. In the intervening years, she had continued to teach, but not the very youngest. She struggled with grief, sometimes crying in a classroom corner before returning to the front to use her pain as a teachable moment.
NEWS
December 16, 1990
Books depicting alcoholic parents and lessons teaching elementary pupils assertiveness will be part of the substance abuse prevention program, the Board of Education decided.On a 3-2 vote, the board approved two curriculum guides that were pulled from consideration last month after board member Cheryl A. McFalls raised concerns about the appropriateness of the materials.McFalls said she objected to the use of two books, "I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much" and "Sometimes My Mom Drinks Too Much," because they didn't portray parents as positive role models.
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January 9, 2012
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wants it. Gov. Martin O'Malley says he's considering it. And local elected leaders are strongly opposed - to the point where they've been willing to give up millions of dollars in state aid to prevent it. The "it" in question is a plan to require Baltimore and the 23 counties to at least share in (if not ultimately assume) the cost of teacher pensions. The appeal - and opposition - is rooted mostly in how the move would potentially transfer the cost from the state to local government.
EXPLORE
October 7, 2011
Teachers from Harford and Cecil counties and Baltimore City and the general public will gather at the Havre de Grace High School auditorium Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to immerse themselves in the new War of 1812 curriculum that has been developed to mark the conflict's bicentennial. In the afternoon, teachers will be free to visit the five Havre de Grace history museums to explore field trip options. The city is also holding its annual Graw Days celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Harford County Executive David Craig will kick off the event at 9 a.m. with a Keynote Address, "Terrorism on the Home Front 19th Century Style.
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September 28, 2011
Unlike the teacher quoted in your article "Obama to ease school standard" (Sept. 23), I did not greet this announcement with the joyful anticipation as I began my 19th year in a Baltimore City classroom in September. Quite the opposite. What Liz Bowie 's article neglected to mention was that the state's receiving a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act is conditioned on creating a teacher evaluation system based on student test scores. Here in Maryland, and embedded in the most recent Baltimore City teacher contract, we have already made that pact with the devil.
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By Erica L. Green and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2011
At the beginning of the week, Principal Amanda Rice had all the first-day-of-school preparations at George Washington Elementary: a pristine building, a fresh vision and a new suit. The only thing she didn't have was her 239 students. "It was so sad," Rice recalled Thursday - still waiting for the first day of school. "We were moping around like kids. We couldn't wait to greet our babies. " Friday morning, five days after the scheduled start of the school year, Rice will finally get to welcome students to the Southwest Baltimore school . Like other Baltimore-area principals and teachers, her plans have been put on hold by power outages in the wake of Hurricane Irene; more than a dozen schools in the region will remain closed until next week.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2010
Theresa Waddell will never forget the bright boy with troubled eyes who sat in her kindergarten class during her first year as a teacher. She drilled home the message that he could grow to become anything he wanted. He would grow to murder her son. On Monday, Waddell, 59, will stand before a kindergarten class for the first time since her son was killed. In the intervening years, she had continued to teach, but not the very youngest. She struggled with grief, sometimes crying in a classroom corner before returning to the front to use her pain as a teachable moment.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Candy.thomson@baltsun.com | November 8, 2009
Unless you live in Western Maryland, it's rare to see a bear. And even there - home to more than 600 bears - it's pretty rare. To address the bruin identity crisis, Department of Natural Resources biologists worked with teachers seven years ago to develop black bear education trunks, a half-dozen wheeled, 30-gallon plastic storage bins stuffed full of the bear necessities for a tutorial. Each box contains a hide, a plastic skull, a rubber paw print and scat replica along with a lesson plan tailored to grade levels K-12, a slide show and a video.
NEWS
January 9, 2012
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wants it. Gov. Martin O'Malley says he's considering it. And local elected leaders are strongly opposed - to the point where they've been willing to give up millions of dollars in state aid to prevent it. The "it" in question is a plan to require Baltimore and the 23 counties to at least share in (if not ultimately assume) the cost of teacher pensions. The appeal - and opposition - is rooted mostly in how the move would potentially transfer the cost from the state to local government.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2011
At the beginning of the week, Principal Amanda Rice had all the first-day-of-school preparations at George Washington Elementary: a pristine building, a fresh vision and a new suit. The only thing she didn't have was her 239 students. "It was so sad," Rice recalled Thursday - still waiting for the first day of school. "We were moping around like kids. We couldn't wait to greet our babies. " Friday morning, five days after the scheduled start of the school year, Rice will finally get to welcome students to the Southwest Baltimore school . Like other Baltimore-area principals and teachers, her plans have been put on hold by power outages in the wake of Hurricane Irene; more than a dozen schools in the region will remain closed until next week.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com | January 18, 2009
While many Howard County students will be glued to classroom TVs watching the historic presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, the lessons will extend beyond civics and social studies at one school. Students at Running Brook Elementary will be applying the event to a variety of lessons in - of all things - math. Talk about cross curriculum. The school's math support teacher, Heather Dyer, said she came up with the idea a week ago, and teachers and students are getting excited about the one-time melding of arithmetic and current events.
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2008
Pam Engel tried something new with her biology students last year at Glen Burnie High School. Instead of talking about how diseases and traits are passed on through family members, she teamed up with a doctor to help students create their own family trees. Students had to list three generations and include medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, along with causes of death. Then they had to act as genetics counselors and predict which conditions might be passed on in their families.
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