On June 13, students across Baltimore City will exit school to enjoy the warm weather and some restored weekday freedom. About a month later, city schools and local nonprofit Young Audiences will bring more than 1,000 of them back to brush up on their reading and math skills.
I heard over the holidays that my college advisor, a Russian History professor named Abbott Gleason, known as Tom, died on Christmas Day after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The fact that I took even a single history course in college, much less ended up a history major, was completely this man’s doing.
The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) is hosting on Sunday, April 6 a free event for Baltimore area prospective families to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. Participating NCGS member schools include:
Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, Bryn Mawr School, Garrison Forest School, Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Oldfields School, Roland Park Country School, St. Paul’s School for Girls and St. Timothy’s School.
Since opening six months ago, the National Aquarium’s $12.5 million Blacktip Reef exhibit is not only boosting attendance at the popular Baltimore attraction, but also its reputation as a leading conservation-focused organization. Data from an ongoing national survey conducted by IMPACTS Research & Development shows the opening of Blacktip Reef has further enhanced the National Aquarium’s reputation as a leading aquarium in the United States. Achieving the highest reputational ranking since this research has been collected, the Aquarium has risen from being perceived nationwide as one of the “top five” aquariums to solidifying its position in the number two slot of the “top three” aquariums in the U.S.
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) will host a free introductory event for middle and high school girls about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) on Sunday, March 9, from2 p.m.–5 p.m. on APL’s Laurel, Md., campus. “Girl Power” is a collaborative, annual effort between APL, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. More than 750 girls attended last year’s program.
Courtesy Citybizlist – In my last column of 2013, I wrote about Citelighter’s arrival in Baltimore from New York City. In my conversation with its founders, Saad Alam and Lee Jokl, they answered the question of “why Baltimore” in moving their company. Their answer included the funding support they received here, the network of mentors, and the supportive nature of our burgeoning ed-tech community.
Courtesy Citybizlist – There’s growing interest in education technology companies in the region. These companies are taking on an industry that hasn’t changed in decades: students of varying aptitudes, learning styles and interests show up in the same classroom to be instructed on the same stuff at the same time. Periodically they are tested and success measured the same way. Kids are rewarded by avoiding mistakes. Surely technology can make these processes more efficient, but the question begged is whether technology can help reinvent our classrooms.