Students from B-CC visit workplaces, see careers in action

Even before 8 a.m., Will Yetvin was excited to be at school. He expected to learn new things, meet new people and, most of all, get new ideas for his future. Will, 17, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, was one of 170 students from B-CC and the British School of Washington participating in Career Partnership Day on Thursday. The plan was for students to visit one of 58 businesses who signed up to share the ins and outs of their workplaces. (Gazette)

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Dec. 9 // Common Confusion: Teachers, parents struggle with Common Core standards

In Kelly Thompson’s household, extracurricular activities are history. There’s no time for music lessons and after-school sports, no matter how much her two children enjoyed them. Not with the multiple tests her fourth-grader and sixth-grader take each week on top of additional hours of homework, the result of the new Common Core State Standards rolled out in Anne Arundel County Public Schools this year. The new standards are designed to better prepare students for college and careers, and sound good in theory, she and other parents say. But in practice, they say, the shifting educational tactics have left teachers frazzled, students stressed and parents frustrated. (Capital)

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UMCP takes early step toward new high-end hotel on campus

State university officials took an early step Friday in approving a high-end hotel and conference center that is expected to be a cornerstone of a major redevelopment plan for the University of Maryland, College Park and its surroundings. The university envisions a 300-room hotel with at least 10,000 square feet of conference space, as well as retail and restaurants, for an underused parcel of land, known as East Campus. The town of College Park has many budget hotels but lacks something more luxurious. (Balt. Sun)

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Socrates found not guilty in McDaniel students' retrial

The philosopher Socrates was found not guilty during his retrial more than 2,000 years after his original trial in Athens, Greece. Socrates was retried Monday night by the students in McDaniel College’s first-year seminar course, entitled “Why Was Socrates Tried?”, taught by professor of classics in the department of philosophy Thomas Falkner. Falkner sat as Socrates during the trial for his life. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Montgomery Blair High’s ‘Assassin’ game sends the wrong message, some say

Four hundred students have been playing a game of Assassin in the hallways of Montgomery County’s largest high school this fall, an annual tradition of sorts that has largely fallen under the radar until now. In the year since a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., educators have grown especially sensitive about guns and potential threats, and there have been several high-profile disciplinary cases in the Washington region, including first- and second-graders who were suspended from school for pretending to shoot others with their fingers or, in one case, a breakfast pastry. (Wash. Post)

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Q&A: Davis talks about her return to Prince George’s County schools

Monique Whittington Davis, a veteran educator who began her teaching career in Prince George’s County, recently took over as the county’s deputy school superintendent amid sweeping leadership changes to the school system. Before taking the No. 2 spot, Davis was a regional assistant superintendent in Anne Arundel County. (Wash. Post)

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Education Department deputy secretary visits Meadows Montessori

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton recently visited Meadows Montessori for a student-led Montessori experience. Shelton specializes in innovation and improvement for the nation’s public education system. Shelton came to Meadows to learn how Montessori education fosters initiative and collaborative thinking. He was also interested to know how the students transition into the Frederick County public school system. (News-Post)

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Local student meets with US Secretary of Education to discuss college ratings, issues

Westminster High School junior Jeremy Price, 16, was selected as one of 11 high school students to participate in a round-table discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as part of the department’s Student Voices Series. The discussion took place in late November at the education department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Price discussed President Barack Obama’s plan to create a new ratings system for colleges and other issues important to upcoming and current college students with Duncan and other officials. (Carr. Co. Times)

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