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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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Book Group Discussion of “Reign of Error” meets on Jan. 22

The Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, in partnership with Reaching Heights and others, is promoting a community book discussion of “The Reign of Error,” by Diane Ravitch, and wider issues in public education. Learn more at the CHTU website. Books are available for $16 at Mac’s Backs or Appletree for $16. The group will next meet […]

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Congratulations 2013 Spelling Bee Champs Barratrous Orthographers!

Integumentary (referring to something that covers or encloses, especially an enveloping layer of an organism) was the winning word in the 22nd Annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee, held April 17, 2013, at Cleveland Heights High School. The Barratrous Orthographers, a team representing the law firm of Squire Sanders with spellers Bonnie Bealer, Becky […]

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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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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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One in Five American Children Live in Poverty

Child poverty increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009, and nearly 15 million children – 20 percent of the child population – were poor in 2009, a 2.5 million increase from 2000. These are among the findings in the 2011 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Nevada has the highest […]

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Ohio School Rankings Raise Questions

Ohio’s biennial budget for fiscal year’s 2012-2013, signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on June 30, includes a provision to rank the state’s 3,500 public schools. Here’s an article about the new rankings that ran in The Columbus Dispatch on July 8: From best to worst School rankings rate low with educators Friday, July […]

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