Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December '16 Open Thread

HC Advisory committee meeting schedule

Future meeting dates (all Tuesdays at 6:30 pm) include:

January 3, Jane Addams Middle School Library
February 7, Washington Middle School Library
March 7, Cascadia (Lincoln) Library
April 4, Garfield High School Library
May 2, Hamilton International Middle School Library
June 6, Madison Middle School Library


DURHAM, N.C. -- A new, comprehensive analysis of a century’s worth of research shows that grouping students by ability and providing opportunities for students to progress at a more rapid pace can increase overall student academic achievement.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) and Northwestern University.
This latest study examined the equivalent of nearly 300 original research studies and found that both educational techniques work.
“After looking carefully at 100 years of research, it became clear that acceleration and most forms of ability grouping can be powerfully effective interventions,” said study co-author Matt Makel, research director at Duke TIP. “They help increase academic achievement for both lower- and higher-achieving students. 
“Moreover, these practices can yield significant academic benefits without being expensive and can even save schools money.”   

UW Robinson Center Information Session

The University of Washington's Transition School/Early Entrance Program has been providing college early entrance for students after 7th or 8th grade for over 30 years. Our program provides students with a one-year college prep program here on the UW campus before they are subsequently admitted as full undergraduates at the University. Students who thrive in our program tend to be very advanced in one or more domains, able to navigate (with help) a relatively adult world, and in need of more acceleration than K-12 can provide. We will be having an information session for this program on Thursday, December 8th on the UW campus. You can learn more about this event here:

We’re also hosting an all-programs information session on Saturday, December 10th from 1:30-3:30 at El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill. This event will cover information about our Saturday Enrichment Program, Summer Program, Online Program, Transition School and UW Academy. I have attached a flyer for this event. Interested families can register here:
I hope everyone has a great holiday. What's on your minds?

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