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By Patrice Apodaca | September 15, 2012
In my previous two columns I wrote about the halting journey toward infusing technology in education, and promising projects underway at some schools. Yet, for all its potential, technology will be wasted without a concurrent overhaul in teaching methods. It's no good having 21st-century machines if they're plugged into an old, creaky system. Which brings us to one of the hottest topics in education today: the flipped classroom. Flipping turns the timeworn routine of classroom lectures followed by at-home work on its head.
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By Britney Barnes | September 26, 2012
Davis Magnet School emphasizes environmentalism with Eco-Education Nights, "Waste-Free Wednesdays" and an ecology center. Now it's been chosen for a green-classroom experiment. The Orange County U.S. Green Building Council selected the Costa Mesa K-6 campus to receive a free "greenovation" of one of its classrooms in order to collect data on the financial impact of going green. The council hopes to reaffirm anecdotal evidence that an environmentally friendly classroom is healthier and cost-effective.
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By latimes.com | September 21, 2010
An autopsy Tuesday determined that an Irvine teacher who collapsed and died in his classroom suffered from cardiovascular disease, authorities said. Students at Woodbridge High School found the teacher, Kent Bentley, during lunchtime Monday and alerted staff members, said Ian Hanigan, spokesman for the Irvine Unified School District. "A staff member administered CPR," he said. "But despite their best efforts, he couldn't be revived. " Bentley, 46, taught English and coached wrestling at Woodbridge for 12 years.
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By Michael Miller | April 11, 2006
"Nobody look at the camera," Joe Robinson reminded his actors as they prepared for the first take of the afternoon. It was natural to steal a glance ? most of the cast members had never been filmed before ? but "The Perils of Penelope" had just an hour and a half to finish shooting, and the director wanted the scene to be as natural as possible. In a packed classroom at Newport Harbor High School, a dozen young cast members got in position for the opening scene of their movie. Six cowboys sat playing cards around a barroom table, cap pistols ready in their pockets; a group of women gossiped at the tables behind them; the tavern owner stood mopping the counter.
NEWS
January 25, 2000
Danette Goulet IN THE CLASSROOM is a new weekly feature in which Daily Pilot education reporter Danette Goulet will visit a school within the Newport-Mesa district and write about her experience. Little arms stretch skyward, waving frantically as students strain in their seats in an effort to be seen, heard and called upon. The sights, smells and sounds haven't changed all that much. The walls of a fourth-grade classroom are still covered from floor to ceiling with every imaginable color of construction paper, showcasing students' artwork.
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By Michael Miller | October 3, 2006
Starting this year at Eastbluff Elementary School, it's finally going to be easy to make water wet. Up until now, the school's students mostly read about the elements of H2O and did not have ready access to the wet stuff in the classroom. That's because Eastbluff — like other elementary campuses in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District — lacked a state-of-the-art science classroom, meaning that most scientific learning had to be done out of books. Last week, though, the school opened a new facility containing sinks, microscopes, laptop outlets and other modern equipment.
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By Daniel Tedford | May 6, 2008
Jack Maurer sits at his laptop and pounds out an invoice. He has to keep track of his budget, as well as his own cash flow, before he turns to other business, such as writing a letter to Apple and going over a response from Nike. Later, he has a meeting during recess with some peers on the blacktop. In Marc Africano’s sixth-grade classroom at Newport Heights Elementary School, the children aren’t just learning math, English and science — they’re learning job skills for the future.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 14, 2013
One of the first things Erica Sperling does when she visits a classroom in Newport Beach is tell the students she doesn't carry a gun. The crime-prevention specialist is the face of law enforcement for many elementary school students in the city. She is the author of a Newport-specific curriculum that she has used to teach sixth-graders about making good choices when it comes to drugs, bullying and cybersafety. But when she first meets the students, the question about whether she's armed inevitably - and quickly - comes up. She's happy to answer though.
NEWS
November 4, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Fourteen of 16 special education students in a Corona del Mar High School class stayed home Monday as part of a walkout parents staged to protest what one called the "controlled chaos" of too few teacher aides and a classroom infested with rodents and cockroaches. The parents told school and district officials that they would not send their children to the seventh- and eighth-grade class until they see improvements. They said they had notified the district of problems but have not yet seen any action.
NEWS
December 2, 2003
The answer to Steve Smith's query about the difference between a teacher and an educator ("When teachers get bullied too," Saturday) could be either of the following: Either an educator is a teacher who feels that the word "teacher" doesn't carry enough societal weight, or an educator is a former teacher who opted out of the classroom to become an administrator, but still considers him or herself an educator. To the first-case scenario I can only say, "grow up."
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By Hannah Fry | April 17, 2014
When asked to name their favorite teacher, many students have a clear choice. However, those teachers are rarely, if ever, recognized. The Costa Mesa Library Foundation set out to change that this year with its first favorite teacher contest. TeWinkle Middle School teachers Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith and College Park kindergarten teacher Cindy Fernald were each nominated by current and former students as contest finalists. More than 200 students, some of whom had parents's help, submitted nominations for teachers in the Costa Mesa area.
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By Mona Shadia, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 7, 2014
About 500 educators gathered in Costa Mesa this week to address ways to introduce science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so-called STEM education, to preschoolers. The Early Childhood STEM Conference, held from Thursday to Saturday at the Hilton Orange County, aims to show educators from across the state that it's possible to teach young children about science and technology. It's all part of an effort to reduce the nation's shortage of qualified candidates for math- and science-based fields.
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By Patrice Apodaca | September 13, 2013
Here in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District it's the Year of the Principal. NMUSD has undergone a large rate of turnover in its principal ranks recently. As the new school year gets underway, eight campuses have new principals; six were hired from outside the district and two were transfers from within. Normally, this wouldn't necessarily be something to get overly worked up about. But these are not normal times. The educational landscape is changing fast: A huge reform movement in teaching methodology is underway.
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August 20, 2013
UC Irvine men's volleyball All-American Kevin Tillie was named Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Student-Athlete at the school's Salute to Scholar-Athletes banquet at the Bren Events Center to close out the school year. The award is the most prestigious given by the UCI Alumni Assn. Tillie was a member of UCI's back-to-back NCAA champions, earning first team All-American accolades each year. Tillie was also named first team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and All-NCAA Tournament twice.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 14, 2013
One of the first things Erica Sperling does when she visits a classroom in Newport Beach is tell the students she doesn't carry a gun. The crime-prevention specialist is the face of law enforcement for many elementary school students in the city. She is the author of a Newport-specific curriculum that she has used to teach sixth-graders about making good choices when it comes to drugs, bullying and cybersafety. But when she first meets the students, the question about whether she's armed inevitably - and quickly - comes up. She's happy to answer though.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 11, 2013
David Peterson, assistant principal at Costa Mesa High School, walked into Paul Grady's literature class and called Trevor Davis to the door Tuesday afternoon. The 16-year-old sophomore didn't know what was going on until his sister, U.S. Army Pvt. 2 Tyler Davis, donning her battle dress uniform, stepped through the doorway, grabbed him and gave him a hug. Tyler Davis, 19, had arrived in Costa Mesa that day after graduating from her training at Fort Lee, in Virginia. She has a few weeks off before heading to Fort Carson, in Colorado, for more training.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 5, 2013
About 250,000 students signed up for seven classes UC Irvine is offering online for free this semester, Larry Cooperman, the director of OpenCourseWare at the university, said. They'll all be allowed to attend. Those students will become data in a years-long experiment UCI and a consortium of other universities is conducting that proponents believe could shift the frontier of education. "If you take education and turn it from a privilege to a basic human right, it means that anyone who has the skill and the motivation can basically learn something that can make a better life for themselves and their family," Stanford professor Daphne Koller said at UCI this week.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 30, 2013
Kristen Johnson and Yassi Motamed work about 10 miles away from each other, but on Tuesday morning, they got the same surprise in their respective classrooms. Newport-Mesa Unified School District selected them as elementary and secondary school teachers of the year. Just after 8 a.m., school officials sneaked into Johnson's class at Newport Coast Elementary School, and then Motamed's, at TeWinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa. "It was a whirlwind yesterday - everything was a blur," Johnson said, adding that staffers at the front desk thought something might be wrong when the superintendent and school board members showed up asking for her. But they brought good news.
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By Britney Barnes | September 26, 2012
Davis Magnet School emphasizes environmentalism with Eco-Education Nights, "Waste-Free Wednesdays" and an ecology center. Now it's been chosen for a green-classroom experiment. The Orange County U.S. Green Building Council selected the Costa Mesa K-6 campus to receive a free "greenovation" of one of its classrooms in order to collect data on the financial impact of going green. The council hopes to reaffirm anecdotal evidence that an environmentally friendly classroom is healthier and cost-effective.
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By Britney Barnes | September 20, 2012
Cheese, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream and butter. Kaiser Elementary School's students Thursday morning listed some of the foods cows produce as they got up close to a bovine during a free assembly sponsored by the Dairy Council of California's Mobile Dairy Classroom. "It's good for them to know where their milk comes from, where all their food comes from," said Mobile Dairy Classroom teacher Steve Miller in a cowboy hat, sunglasses and boots. The star of the show was 8-year-old Feisty, a 900-pound brown and white Jersey cow who makes her home at the Mission Viejo High School farm, Miller said.
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