| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:31 PM
My husband and I have been lucky, particularly as parents. As I look toward Thanksgiving, I'm mindful of the good fortune and help we've had along the way, starting with the Realtors who helped us find our house in 1981.
It was Mary Ann Plumley —...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:58 PM
The phrase "achievement gap" often refers to the test-score discrepancies between white students and non-white students in public schools. However, the more alarming achievement gap is between high school work and college work.
Plenty of students...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:18 AM
As Los Angeles police began canvassing the quiet Silver Lake neighborhood for clues about who may have killed AssemblymanáMike Gatto’s father, family friends began arriving at the home to pay their respects.
Lauren Wayne, who said she has known...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Artists and art students from around Greater Los Angeles remembered art teacher Joseph Gatto, who was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home, as a great educator and promoter of the arts.
Artist Robert Vargas, who did the mural in downtown L.A....
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Educators are caught in a circular conundrum. Students are stressed, and their parents, grandparents, mental health professionals and educators themselves all worry about the effects of that stress on student health, well-being, and, yes, on academic...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Now that Glendale students and teachers have experienced the entire week of Thanksgiving off for the first time like their La Ca˝ada brethren, I can officially call such an action a turkey (pun intended).
From a selfish standpoint, having a week off of...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Glendale Unified will not apply for federal Race to the Top funds — a potential $30 million payout — a decision that avoids a confrontation with the district's teachers union regarding the use of test scores that scuttled the highly-sought...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Educators in Glendale said are studying and training one another on the new Common Core standards set to be implemented by 2016, replacing standards California adopted in 1997.
Fifty-one classroom teachers from Glendale’s 30 schools are now...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 6:32 PM
After a five-year hiatus, I have returned to work, once a week, as a musicianship instructor for an established children's choir.
Though the students I teach are lucky to have passed the auditions for this challenging choral program, I consider myself...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:04 PM
Visit an elementary school at 10 a.m. in the middle of the week for a third-grade dance festival and you'll be lucky to find viewing space on the playground as you stand among parents with cellphones and iPads deployed in order to record the event....
| Aug 19, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The start of school is a time when districts have their teachers begin work a couple of days before students arrive with the purpose of getting everyone focused on teaching at their full potential.á
It’s a time when superintendents bring in...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 4:33 PM
A model for teaching math that Glendale Unified began to pilot two years ago will expand to four more schools this year after students showed significant gains on standardized exams.
Pioneered by an immigrant teacher who once struggled with math as a...