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Reaching Heights Spelling Bee Postponed

Due to strong winds and snow expected through the day, the Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee, scheduled for this evening, has been postponed. A new date has not been set.

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Hall of Famer Barry Henkin is Our Honored Guest at Resource Fair

Heights High Hall of Famer Barry Henkin brought his enormous spirit and encouraging outlook as a special guest to the Second Annual Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities and Learning Challenges at Cleveland Heights High School on November 16. The event, co-sponsored by Reaching Heights as part of its Exceptional Children’s Advocacy Group (ECAG) initiative [...]

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Special Report Highlights Charter School Screening Strategies

A Reuters special report examines techniques used by charter schools across the country to determine who will be admitted. Charters are public schools, funded by taxpayers and widely promoted as open to all. But Reuters has found that across the United States, charters aggressively screen student applicants, assessing their academic records, parental support, disciplinary history, [...]

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First Graders at Fairfax are Active Learners

Life is packed if you are a first grader learning English Language Arts (ELA) from teacher Debbie VanNostran’s at Fairfax Elementary School, and in ways that probably differ from most of our memories of elementary school. During an action-filled 90 minutes of reading, writing, and word play, each of her 22 students was busy learning. [...]

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Reaching Heights Grant Supports Heights High Filmmakers

In May, Cleveland Heights High School hosted a crew of film professionals led by Director, Karyn Kusama, who directed the Hollywood movies Jennifer’s Body and Girlfight. Kusama’s crew arrived at Heights High to make the short film, Speechless, written by Cleveland School of the Arts senior Roxanne Lasker-Hall. Speechless was the winning script in New [...]

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New Calculation of Graduation Rates on State Report Card Doesn’t Add Up

When you hear about high school graduation rates, what do you think they measure? The number of students in the 12th grade who finish their required courses plus the few brainiacs who graduate early, right? The U.S. Department of Education has redefined “graduation rate” on state Report Cards (starting with the 2011-12 school year) to [...]

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What A Surprise: Thoughts on Teacher Evaluation in the Heights

Local public education advocate and former Reaching Heights Executive Director Susie Kaeser looked into the issue of teacher evaluation. Her aricle on the topic, Evaluation: A Tool for Building Effective Teachers, is available here, and includes a sidebar that looks at teacher evaluation at Roxboro Middle School.  Below, Susie shares some conclusions she’s drawn from her [...]

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Evaluation: A Tool for Building Effective Teachers

There’s little argument that high quality teaching is crucial, but determining who is up to snuff is more problematic. What does an effective teacher do? Teaching is complex and individuals develop expertise through experience. In this article, local public education advocate and former Reaching Heights Executive Director Susie Kaeser examines what teacher evaluation looks like [...]

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Help Build New Softball Field for Lady Tigers

Together with the Heights athletic department and school district, the Heights Softball Booster Club is raising money for a new softball field at the corner of Washington and Goodnor at Cleveland Heights High School. The softball team has never had its own field. The team has played their home games at Forest Hill Park and [...]

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Changing Culture to Provided Our Kids Needed Skills

By Krista Hawthorne It’s not just the economy that makes employers nervous about the future, says Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson, a Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. “Big employers are scared that we will not be able to replace the baby boomers when [...]

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