What We're Reading: Segregation, Marketing Public Schools, Presidential Choices, and More

posted Aug 29, 2016, 11:37 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 9:21 AM ]
Here are the latest articles that the PPS-SF staff has been sharing around the office. 

From Priceonomics
Grattan Elementary school is one of the crown jewels of the San Francisco public school district. It has a lot going for it: a high ratio of teachers to students, an organic garden, enrichment programs that include choir, dance, technology, and “integrated drama,” high standardized test scores, and—despite being a public school—an enormous budget, courtesy of aggressive fundraising by its Parent-Teacher Association. read more 

From Education Dive
While charter schools have long used marketing techniques to fill their classes, a couple public schools in Los Angeles have jumped on board, boosting enrollment numbers with active recruitment. read more

From The Atlantic
Why do so many presidents send their kids to private school? When President Jimmy Carter assumed office in 1977, he did something remarkable: He enrolled his 9-yea-old daughter, Amy, in a predominantly black Washington, D.C., public school. read more

The AtlanticAt every stage, getting and keeping teachers in U.S. classrooms has become a challenge. Longtime teachers are retiring while mid-career and novice teachers are leaving for other pursuits. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 8 percent of the men and women teaching in public schools during the 2011-12 school year left the profession the next year. read more

Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs. read more