One Baltimore high school art instructor is carrying on Maryland’s legacy of having inspiring, nationally recognized teachers.
We’re well into fall and that means it’s time for local independent schools to open their doors for their annual open houses. Click here to read about what local independent schools have to offer, see open house dates, and find out what you need to know to make the best independent school choice.
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.
Walter White, the lead character in AMC’s recently-ended Breaking Bad, did a lot of nasty things. He used his chemistry skills to make highly addictive drugs, lied to friends and family, and murdered people. But according to one Johns Hopkins political scientist, his real crime was that he was a terrible teacher.
Teachers don’t get paid a whole lot of money, which is one reason it’s awesome that the person Maryland chooses to recognize as “teacher of the year” gets a check for $10,000. Many of us would take that money to buy a car, or pay off student loans, or just go out to many really, really nice dinners. But this year’s top teacher did something much more inspiring with his prize money.
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.
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.