Director Peters from 11 am to 1:00 pm at Queen Anne Library.
Director McLaren from 10 am to noon at SW Library.
I see that next Tuesday the Board is first having an Executive Session on "litigation" followed by a Closed Session. This may be a final decision on Ron English with a vote on what they will be doing. ( I perceive that Mr. English is not going gently into that good night and will receive a payout to go away.)
Interesting thought from the NY Times "Education Life" series from a Harvard professor:
Imagine you are Dean for a Day. What is one actionable change you would implement to enhance the college experience on campus?
A few years ago, the responses began to move away from “tweak the history course” or “change the ways labs are structured.” A different commentary, about learning to live wisely, has emerged.
On my campus, Harvard, a small group of faculty members and deans created a noncredit seminar called “Reflecting on Your Life.” The format is simple: three 90-minute discussion sessions for groups of 12 first-year students, led by faculty members, advisers or deans. Well over 100 students participate each year.
They guide the students thru five questions about what they want their college experience to be but really, what they want their life to be. I'd love to see this in SPS high schools if only to get students thinking about their future. But you could even do this with your own teen.
Speaking of the Times, they received
I heard this story and I initially thought, "They must be losing money on people sneaking in outside food." Nope. It's guns.
The nation’s largest theater chain, Regal Cinemas, announced it will be stepping up its security measures by checking bags and backpacks of customers.
The increased security comes after a gunman in Lafayette, Louisiana, killed two women and himself in a theater during a screening of Trainwreck in July. The next month, a man attacked moviegoers with pepper spray, a hatchet, and a pellet gun during a showing of Mad Max: Fury Road in Nashville. He was quickly killed by police.
Your kids use Spotify? They are really giving up their personal information (mostly via their phone information). FYI.
Worried about your kid versus the "cool kids" in middle school? Seems like being cool on campus early is a good predictor for not doing so well later on. From the NY Times:
“The fast-track kids didn’t turn out O.K.,” said Joseph P. Allen, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. He is the lead author of a new study, published this month in the journal Child Development, that followed these risk-taking, socially precocious cool kids for a decade. In high school, their social status often plummeted, the study showed, and they began struggling in many ways.
Yesterday was National Radio Day and in the Puget Sound region, there was celebration over 15 new low-powered FM stations that will come on-line as part of the Puget Sound Community Radio. Cohort. These hyper-local stations can give voice to what is being called "media justice." One of these has been co-created by Ballard High teacher (and uber-smart guy) Eric Muhs. That station has a focus on Ballard. The name of their group is Fulcrum Community Communications.
What's on your mind?