In this edition of Behind the Story, I’m featuring my full conversation with Dr. John Jenkins, the new principal at Waco ISD’s Indian Spring Middle School.
I’m excited to be able to feature this full interview with Jenkins because he has a lot of plans for the school. And in the story we aired earlier this week on Indian Spring’s new leadership, I felt I was unable to capture everything Jenkins wants to do for this struggling campus in just 2 minutes and thirty seconds.
Waco ISD’s Indian Spring Middle School has seen its fair share of struggles over the past few years. 75-percent of the Title 1 Priority School’s staff has been replaced for the 2014-2015 school year. But the school’s new principal is hoping to bring a vision of success to campus.
Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 3:33 pm
Football legend Deion Sanders is used to the media spotlight. The two-time Super Bowl winner earned the nickname "Prime Time" for his flashy style and aggressive speed. But it's his Prime Prep Academy that's been grabbing headlines lately.
The charter school founded by the former Dallas Cowboys cornerback suffered a string of setback, including allegations that led the Texas Education Agency to revoke its charter. The school is currently appealing the decision, but it's in hot water once again for opening a second campus without TEA approval.
Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:55 am
Kaitlin Morgan says, this year, her school district is going "full Google."
Morgan teaches U.S. and world history and advises the yearbook at Woodlake Union High School in California's Central Valley. At Woodlake, "full Google" means a plan to have one Google Chromebook for every two students by the spring, running Google Apps.
The Chromebook is a relatively cheap, stripped-down laptop. It's become popular in the education world, with 85 percent of its U.S. sales last year going to the ed market.
Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 6:53 pm
Students are heading back to campus. And when they finish writing that first paper of the year, a growing number will have to do something their parents never did: run their work through anti-plagiarism software.
One company behind it is called Turnitin. And the database it uses to screen for potential plagiarism is big. Really, really big.