I came across Byron Preiss in an old newspaper article. He wanted to use comic books to teach kids how to read. I wanted to learn more about him. so I started an Internet search for a man who built a publishing empire from a comic book and a dream
“In 1971, while Preiss was teaching at a Philadelphia elementary school, he conceived and with Jim Steranko produced an anti-drug comic book, The Block, designed for low-level reading skills. Published by Steranko's company, Supergraphics, it was distributed to schools nationwide.”Jim Steranko , life-long friend and collaborator said:
"For more than three decades, he (Byron) spearheaded a multiplicity of mediaforms, from comics and ebooks to electronic games and CD-ROMs, that fused words and images like few other individuals would achieve in the entertainment arts. As an author, he generated dozens of books, from hard science and history volumes to profusely illustrated children's literature. As a packager, he produced a stream of quality fiction and nonfiction titles for almost every primary publishing house... Preiss was a subtle, yet seminal force in contemporary popular culture and specifically in the evolution of narrative illustration"
Complaint: Black students punished more harshly than whites
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal complaint accuses public schools in Virginia's capital city of more frequently and more harshly punishing black students and those with disabilities than their classmates.
How Teachers Are Bringing Financial Literacy Lessons to the Classroom
"When kids know how money works, they are more careful with their spending and take better care of their things that cost money," says Kristi Ekern, a fifth-grade teacher in the Denver metro area. "Children tell me they speak in the evenings with their parents, and parents are listening to the kids when they're evaluating investments," says Neme Alperstein, who recently retired from teaching the fifth grade in Queens, New York. During her 28 years of teaching, she used a program called the Stock Market Game, a virtual investing platform provided by the SIFMA Foundation, to teach students about investing by creating a hypothetical investment portfolio and following real stocks.
Schools Are More Diverse, but America’s Teachers Probably Won’t Be
In the darkest days of racial segregation, it used to be said that a professionally dressed, well-respected African American strolling through the neighborhood wearing a suit and tie, or a dress with pearls, must be a doctor—or a teacher. At a time when blacks and Latinos make up the majority of America’s public school students, however, a new study produced by Brookings’ Brown Center on Education Policy shows teachers of color are vanishing from the nation’s classrooms at an alarming rate, with surprisingly few college students willing to replace them. “Making serious progress toward a teacher workforce which is as diverse as the students it serves will require exceptionally ambitious patches” to fix the brain drain, according to the study, titled High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The Real Challenge to Building a Diverse Workforce.
Graduate students at private colleges can unionize: U.S. labor board
In a 3-1 vote, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said that graduate students working as academic assistants are employees who get organizing rights under federal labor law. The NLRB's decision allows Columbia University research and teaching assistants to vote on whether they want to join a United Auto Workers affiliate.
Labor board says graduate students can unionize
Graduate students working as teaching assistants at private universities may unionize following a much-discussed ruling in their favor. The National Labor Relations Board decided Tuesday on a case from Columbia University graduate students who said their status as employees required the right to collective bargaining with the university, The Wall Street Journal reported. Both the cost and economic necessity of higher education and even graduate work have risen in recent years, giving private universities with sought-after names and reputations increasing power.
Texas, four other states sue over U.S. transgender health policy
Texas and four other states sued the Obama administration on Tuesday over extending its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals, saying the move "represents a radical invasion of the federal bureaucracy into a doctor’s medical judgment." Texas, along with Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky and Kansas sued on behalf three medical organizations, two of which are affiliated with Christian groups. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named as a defendant in the suit, was not immediately available for comment. On Sunday, a judge for the same district blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by 13 states, led by Texas.
Graduate Students Can Unionize at Private Colleges, U.S. Labor Panel Rules
A federal labor board ruled that graduate students who teach at private universities are employees with full rights to join unions, a sweeping decision that paves the way for student unionization on campuses nationwide. In a 3-1 decision announced Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board said a group of Columbia University students who sought to join a union deserved employee protections when they get paid for work at the direction of the school. The victory for the Columbia students could deliver tens of thousands of new members to the nation’s beleaguered labor movement, which has seen its ranks decline dramatically.
Turn Your Visit Into a Vacation at These 10 Colleges
As a new school year soon begins, millions of parents will start planning family weekend trips to college campuses across the country. The annual rite of passage for non-undergrads typically includes attending football games, enjoying homecoming festivities and exploring charming college towns. Instead, why not explore must-see tourist attractions or discover little-known gems with family members?
10 Low-Cost Online Graduate Education Programs for Out-of-State Students
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search. While earning an online master's degree in education can open the door to a higher salary or a new teaching opportunity -- and some school districts even require it after a couple of years in the profession -- it still comes with the price tag of paying for grad school.
Coming Soon: 2017 Best Colleges Rankings
In just three weeks, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, U.S. News will release the 2017 edition of the Best Colleges rankings. The new edition will include rankings of the four big categories -- National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges -- all available on usnews.com. U.S. News groups colleges into categories, based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, to compare schools with similar missions.