Last Bell: Mitchell Chester Visits Arizona, Harvard Ed. Prof Earns Guggenheim Fellowship, BU Prof Named to State Teacher Standards Group, Joel Klein Talks About Murdoch's Edtech "Startup," and ProPublica Looks at Segregation in America's Schools

Massachusetts education commissioner Mitchell Chester was in Arizona this week advising Flagstaff educators about education reform. Writes the Arizona Daily Sun of the meeting:

Mitchell Chester, the state commissioner of elementary and secondary education, was surprisingly candid. Yes, Massachusetts has come a long way — it leads the nation … Read More →

Last Bell: $660 million in software from Siemens, agriculture at St. John's School, and Boston's pre-school push

Siemens will provide nearly $660 million of in-kind software grants for Massachusetts vocational high schools, technical community colleges and universities.

Reports Business Wire:

Students will now have access to the same Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.

The Globe’s Shirley Leung spoke with Siemens USA chief executive Eric Spiegel who said manufacturing jobs “are not blue collar. Plat workers workers now walk around with iPads in their hands.” Read More →

Last Bell: Testing, Student Data Security, Trends in Higher Ed, and Teacher Compensation

Massachusetts students recently finished field testing the PARCC test, a “computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to … Read More →

Last Bell: Charter School opinions, MASC legislative update, Brookings on teacher preparation, edtech IPO, high school trends, and a new professional development initiative at BU

The Washington Post this weekend published the opinion of BPS parent Mary Battenfeld. Battenfeld is a member of parent group Quality Education for Every Student. In the piece she outlines why she opposes the growth of charter schools in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts charter school lobby has called up … Read More →

Lesson from the Classroom: Engineering Class at Marlborough STEM Early College High School

It's been three years since Marlborough schools launched the STEM Early College High School within Marlborough High School, making these students the third freshman class. They'll enroll in honors and Advanced Placement courses with a particular emphasis in science, technology and math classes. The ninth graders, for example, enroll in honors active physics, honors algebra 1, honors engineering, honors English, and honors world history. Read More →

Boston Day and Evening Academy Awarded Inaugural Philip H. Gordon Legacy Award

The Boston Day and Evening Academy was awarded the inaugural Philip H. Gordon Legacy Award Tuesday night by Edvestors. The award comes with a $50,000 check towards the school’s mission to expand access to alternative education for students who are at least 16 years old and two or more years behind grade-level.

The school intends to enroll more students, expand their professional development services to other BPS schools, and deepen their model. Read More →