Local IB school hopes to close international gap

Some experts said U.S. numbers are flat on the Programme of International Student Assessment test, which shows the nation's students trailing those in China, Germany and Vietnam, to name a few countries. However, an international-based high school program in Baltimore County may help to close the global gap. The International Baccalaureate program at Kenwood High School is one of two programs in Baltimore County, and among more than two dozen in the state. It's a rigorous college prep program, where students can earn up to 30 college credits before they graduate. (WBAL-TV)

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Some Washington County Public Schools to offer free meals for all students

Washington County Public Schools are piloting a federal program that provides free meals for all students, reduces paperwork and hopefully the stigma some students feel about receiving subsidized meals, according to a school official. The program also ensures that students get healthy meals each school day, said Jeff Proulx, supervisor of the school system’s food and nutrition services. The school system is piloting the program at Bester Elementary, Winter Street Elementary, Salem Avenue Elementary, Antietam Academy and the Family Center, Proulx said. (Herald-Mail)

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400,000 books distributed to children of low-income families

The American Federation of Teachers and First Book will give out 400,000 new books that will serve children of low-income families. The AFT-First Book partnership will hand out the books to Dr. Bernard Harris Sr. Elementary School.  They also plan to announce the total amount of children’s books that have been given out since the partnership began in 2011. The 400,000 books will be split up between Baltimore public schools and community groups, and the other half will be shipped to educators and community groups in over 500 towns and cities across the country. (WMAR-TV)

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Grants available for Montgomery students who talk the right walk

Montgomery County high school students have been asked to help their peers navigate the streets more safely. A new county Department of Transportation project is challenging student teams in Montgomery County Public Schools to come up with ideas to help other students learn more about pedestrian safety. The transportation department will award grants of up to $2,000 to teams to help them carry out their plan. (Gazette)

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Calvert school board, union kick off negotiations

Salary increases and more work time are two of the biggest requests Calvert’s support staff and teachers’ unions will discuss with the Calvert County Board of Education during their annual negotiations, which are open to the public and began Monday. Calvert Association of Educational Support Staff salary negotiations started this week, and the Calvert Education Association will begin its negotiations next week. (Recorder)

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Washington County school board reinstates Hartings as president

The seven-member Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to reinstate Justin Hartings as its president for another year, and to make Donna Brightman vice president. “I’m just very grateful to all of my colleagues for their confidence. ... I look forward to doing what I can to serve them. That’s really how I see the job of the president ...,” Hartings said after the board’s business meeting. (Herald-Mail)

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CLV seniors mentor McDaniel students

It wasn’t far into the semester before McDaniel College sophomore Erica Cichetti started taking weekly line dancing classes with her mentor, an older resident at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. “We thought it would be a great experience together,” she said. “It was so much fun.” Cichetti and her mentor were paired up as part of a project with the college’s Natural and Social Science of Aging class. Students were matched with healthy aging elders based on their major or career interest. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Dec. 3 // Selective Goucher College Brings Liberal Arts Into Maryland Prisons

Goucher is among a relatively few selective colleges that offer courses for credit inside prisons. Others include Bard College, Wesleyan University and Cornell University. Advocates say the efforts have multiple payoffs: heightened awareness within prisons of the importance of education; invaluable opportunities for faculty and others at the colleges to dispel stereotypes about teaching and learning; and lower recidivism rates for students after they are released. (Wash. Post)

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