The United Nations has long held the belief that education is of the utmost importance for long-term well-being. In fact, the 2nd most important goal proposed in the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, listed in priority after ending poverty and hunger, is to achieve universal primary education – specifically to “Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.”
In the greater Seattle area, the goals – and concerns – are very similar. Right now, Seattle schools face many of the same challenges seen throughout the globe: low graduation rates, shrinking teacher wages and expanding classroom sizes, to name a few. But there are those among us who have a plan. Select local community members and educators are utilizing new media tools to successfully foster ideas and seed innovation among primary educators throughout the city. The links below explore the innovative projects helping to engage and serve the educational community of Seattle.
1. Why citizens should care about Seattle school contract negotiations
Seattle Times guest columnists Phil Bussey and Jeremy Jaech of the Our Schools Coalition argue that everyone should be concerned about the ongoing negotiations between the Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools. Their nine-part proposal (described in detail at www.ourschoolscoalition.org) is rooted in driving positive student outcomes, and will result in new ways for teachers to be recognized, rewarded and compensated.
2. Do we owe kids more than netbooks?
Seattle-born freelance writer and content design consultant Christopher Dawson suggests that the notable Netbook might not be the next best wave of the future for local schools.
3. Denny International Middle School among those showing improvement
In a press release from the Seattle Public Schools today Denny International was included in those that showed improvement in math and writing and reading scores. Innovative professional development programs, such as the Studio math program, attributed with much success.
4. Looking for way that you can help Seattle schools succeed? Check out these volunteer opportunities with Seattle Public Schools!
• Be a tutor or a mentor
• Help students with homework
• Listen to children read
• Play educational games with students
• Assist with math or science
• Share information about local history
• Help students learn another language
• Support projects, activities, or field trips
• Assist with after-school programs
• Provide office support
• Become involved with school leadership
Please become a member of UNA of Greater Seattle, and join a movement of Americans who support responsible global leadership and a strong UN! www.unaseattle.org
Tags: education, Millenium Development Goals, Seattle, UNA