Oct. 10 // Author James Patterson to offer eight scholarships to Towson teaching majors

James Patterson, a well-known, best-selling author of mysteries, has decided to underwrite eight $6,000 scholarships a year to Towson University students who are planning to become teachers. The scholarship recipients will be chosen this month. Students who apply will be chosen based on their grade point average, financial need and interest in teaching reading. The scholarships will be retroactive to the beginning of this school year. Patterson, who has written some 67 books, has been donating money to encourage young readers for the past decade. (Balt. Sun)

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Teen sleep: Montgomery to study proposal to shift high school starting time

The Montgomery County school board has agreed to look into shifting high school starting times to 8:15 a.m., a week after the county superintendent proposed delaying the first bell nearly an hour so that teenagers can get more sleep. (Wash. Post)

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Pimlico students give input on new school building

The students participated in an exercise led by the architects who will design the new Pimlico building, one of the first to be renovated or rebuilt under the city's $1 billion, 10-year plan to overhaul its dilapidated school infrastructure. Under the plan, the district would close 26 buildings, end or relocate 29 programs, and renovate or rebuild 136 facilities beginning in 2015. Peter Winebrenner, vice president of the Baltimore-based architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht, said the building-block exercise would allow the firm to think outside the box as it begins creating a new space for Pimlico. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick Co. school board approves curriculum changes

Frederick County's Board of Education voted on Wednesday to revise parts of its curriculum to align with Common Core State Standards, another step of the rollout now in its third year. The revisions officially set Common Core frameworks as the "minimal competency" for developing English language arts curriculum in grades three through 11. (News-Post)

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School system educating students on technology use, cyberbullying

Since most of its students have grown up using technology from a young age, Carroll County Public Schools is now working to combat the newest form of bullying — cyberbullying. The Carroll County Board of Education heard a presentation during its regular board meeting Wednesday about how students are educated about cyberbullying as part of the health curriculum in almost all grade levels. Superintendent of Schools Steve Guthrie said the school system is dealing with an increased number of cyberbullying incidents. The presentation discussed what the school system does to prevent that trend. (Carr. Co. Times)

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4-H'ers join National Youth Science Day experiment

Kaitlyn Davey, 15, said she likes robotics and engineering, which is why she joined a 4-H club that allowed her to practice such endeavors. Davey, who lives in Hampstead, said she wants to study engineering when she goes to college. “It’s really fun,” Kaitlyn said, who presented two robots she built with other teammates at an event at the Mount Airy library held by 4-H educators with the University of Maryland Extension in Westminster. “You get to learn all sorts of stuff about engineering.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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Arundel High global citizenship program hosts Indian students

The students traded dance routines and listened to an a Capella version of Jason Mraz’s song “I’m Yours.” It could have been teenagers from any high school getting to know one another. But on Monday, students from Arundel High School’s global citizenship signature program welcomed a dozen counterparts from Vivek High School in Chandigarh, India. The program is sponsoring the two-week visit. Barbara Dziedzic, a signature program teacher at Arundel, became emotional during the welcoming ceremony. She credited students and staff at Arundel for having “the courage” to open their eyes and hearts to other unfamiliar cultures. (Gazette)

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What the Common Core means in Howard County

The new Common Core State Standards Initiative brings with it more than a new curriculum in Howard County. It also brings a change in philosophy. “Teachers are no longer the sage on the stage, but rather the guide on the side,” said Fran Clay, coordinator of elementary language arts for the Howard County Public School System. “Our new curriculum requires students to actively engage in their learning, think critically and develop the habits of mind to solve real life problems,” said Howard County Superintendent Renee Foose. “It shows great promise for elevating the level of rigor and preparing every student for a bright future.” (Balt. Sun)

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