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Anne April 7, 2014 at 11:17 am
Any news on Pivot Charter opening in Novato?
North Bay Educational Foundation April 7, 2014 at 09:06 pm
Hi Anne, Pivot has held a number of public informational meetings and has received strong interestRead More from parents to date. Interested familes can contact Pivot Charter Schools via their website at http://www.pivotnorthbay.com/community-meeting-k-8-public-charter-school-option
Tina McMillan April 8, 2014 at 10:48 am
It would be wonderful to see a K through 8, Core Knowledge charter option in Novato.
Kenneth Dahl December 2, 2013 at 10:45 am
If only NUSD trustees could have shown the same courage and commitment last year .... An apt quoteRead More from this new school's site - "KPSVA will never embrace the concept of 'equitable mediocrity,' a belief that as long as everyone is equally mediocre, there is no need for change or to advance."
John B December 2, 2013 at 08:25 pm
Who would have thought that Vacaville would be so much more progressive than Novato in an almostRead More identical situation? The VUSD staff report reads almost word for word with the NUSD denial recommendation. Good for Vacaville!
Suzanne A September 6, 2013 at 09:36 pm
I received the email newsletter from NUSD/Dr. Cunningham this week. Common Core is all the talk andRead More what the district seems to be consumed with, but I don't have any idea what curriculum improvements they are making or how curriculum currently used will meet the standards. Is there some place where NUSD curriculum is actually documented?
Tina McMillan September 7, 2013 at 11:52 am
Here is a link to their section on Curriculum. I felt the same way after last years PTA meetingsRead More promising a complete realignment of the current curriculum to the new standards. What is difficult is that they do not show us what was compared to what is. Here is a link to the page with information about curriculum. If you look at the board meeting minutes they are talking about hiring more people for curriculum development. This after the previous years massive deficit threats. I am not sure what they are doing differently. It would be great if people could share their thoughts about what these changes actually mean. The Single Plans for schools are the most informative. The principal at Hamilton was extremely forthright in his criticisms of the current curriculum and its failure to meet the needs of the majority of the students. Remember the common core standards are the goal and the curriculum is the path that takes you there. The two curricula are elementary and secondary. http://www.nusd.org/departments/curriculum___instruction/secondary_information/ http://www.nusd.org/departments/curriculum___instruction/elementary/ http://www.nusd.org/departments/curriculum___instruction
Rachel August 2, 2013 at 03:33 pm
Maybe it's just me, but I was upset by this headline. I welcome additional information about CoreRead More Knowledge, and the blog post on the whole is fine. However, given the history and strong feelings regarding the charter school debate, implying that Novato residents think Core Knowledge is "evil" feels insulting. Many of the arguments against the charter school are nuanced, thoughtful and have considerations beyond the cirriculum itself.
Suzanne A August 2, 2013 at 03:49 pm
Rachel, the headline caught my attention as well, but if you look at the past NBEF posts or if youRead More click through to the article itself you will see that the title here in the Patch is simply the title of the initial blog that is being re-blogged. So this headline is from the original author, and thus not directed to Novato.
Tina McMillan August 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm
NUSD has yet to integrate its current curriculum with the new Core Standards. Last school year theyRead More visited each campus to talk about the process but so far we don't have an actual solution in place. ======================= Core Knowledge, by E.D. Hirsch, has for some time now been using the philosophy behind the Core Standards as part of its approach to learning. That is why so many parents, community members and educators feel strongly that a Core Knowledge school in Novato would provide a choice not offered by the district. ================== -========================================== Unfortunately Education took a turn away from content sometime in the 1930's. It was then that the progressive education movement challenged the notion that content was meaningful to long term academic success. The fact that so many states are embracing Core Curriculum is a return to basics approach that can combine innovation in teaching with content that is rich,consistent & meaningful.
Suzanne A June 28, 2013 at 07:41 am
This speaks to my family's experience in the public school system in one of the more ethnicallyRead More mixed schools in town. I have tried to understand if there will be new (stronger) curriculum adopted along with Common Core Standards implementation but I can find no real information about this. With the improved State budget now voted and approved, I am hopeful the district can be more effective in delivering programs and curriculum to help close the gap in test scores among diverse and disadvantaged groups.
M. Manzano June 29, 2013 at 08:44 am
By lowering the standards of education to supposedly assist the "diverse" (racial &Read More cultural variation) and the "disadvantaged" (working class), it has been detrimental for years. We see the product of it today, i.e. men and women in their twenties who cannot clearly speak, write, and even comprehend what they read. We see Teacher's unions locking in job security contracts for those who lack standards of performance (which is why they were so politically active against school vouchers which would have helped poorer families), UNICEF agendas of nonsense which influence the way students think, rather than teaching them how to think. The obvious effects of all this have produced socially conditioned drones who do not question authority and are merely product to an educational system that always needs more money to be irresponsible with.
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