Saturday, May 8, 2010

SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS OF GIFTED. The Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary puts on an annual Professional Summer Institute. Scheduled this year for June 23-25, its purpose, according to the organizers, "is to provide teachers and administrators with the knowledge and skills to design and utilize high quality curriculum within effective programs for advanced learners." Find more information.

BEST PLACES TO BE A MOTHER. WebMD has posted the results of a survey of the best and worst places to be a mother. The survey was conducted by the Save the Children's Newborn and Child Survival Campaign. Our subscribers in Australia and New Zealand will be pleased to learn that their countries ranked second and sixth, respectively. Five Scandinavian countries, along with the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, round out the top 10. Canada ranked 20th, the U.S. 28th. The survey compares the health and well-being of mothers and children in 160 countries. (Worst place to be a mom: Afghanistan.) Read the WebMD article. Find the entire index.

WHO'S TEACHING OUR CHILDREN? ASCD has published a report on demographic data of U.S. elementary and secondary teachers over the past 20 years. Here are some of the trends uncovered. Most categories of teaching have increased in size over the past 10 years, some by over 100%. The teaching workforce has also become older and more female-dominated.
And the teacher turnover rate is up. Read more.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR. eSchool News has profiled the U.S. National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling. Wessling emphasizes learner-centered instruction. You can read at least part of the profile here. Other reports are in her college alumni newspaper, the White House Blog, and the Des Moines Register.

THANKS. We recently asked for help in finding a school for a family with a 2e child moving to the St. Louis/Edwardsville area. Thanks to advice from several helpful readers as well as the mom's own thorough research, the family is now quite comfortable with their choice of a school in the southern St. Louis area. We thank those who responded and helped another member of the 2e community.

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