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"
LGBT Students Say Teachers Are Still Lax on Homophobia
Given the pressures of homework, tests, and puberty, the last thing middle and high school students should have to worry about is feeling safe at school. For the report, From Teasing to Torment: School Climate Revisited, the Gay Lesbian, and Straight Education Network surveyed nearly 1,400 middle and high school students ages 13 to 18 and about 1,000 secondary school teachers. Nearly three-fourths of students said they’d been verbally or physically harassed in the past year, and about half of teachers said that bullying is a significant problem on campus.
A closer look as deadline for Chicago teachers strike nears
Yale study finds implicit racial bias in preschool teachers
Suspensions and expulsions at American preschools are doled out disproportionately to black students, boys, and especially black boys – a phenomenon that could be due, in part, to implicit racial biases on the part of their teachers, according to a Yale University study released this week. Researchers used eye-tracking technology to observe preschool teachers look for "challenging behaviors" in a series of videos portraying four children in typical classroom settings. While none of the children were misbehaving, participants spent significantly longer looking at the black children, especially boys.
Dos, Don'ts of Applying for Scholarships as an International Student
It's no secret that getting a college education in the U.S. is expensive, especially for international students. International students are also sometimes excluded from scholarships, since these awards frequently require applicants to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It can take some digging, but there are a handful of scholarships that international applicants may be qualified to win.
Supreme Court says it will hear special education case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it'll decide the minimum that public schools must do to help learning-disabled students.
What Employers Think of Online Criminal Justice Degrees
Searching for a job at the federal government level, Mark Shannon, an investigator for a court system in Cleveland, hopes that earning a master's degree in criminal justice will make him a standout applicant. The 29-year-old is pursuing an education online from Arizona State University, which offers him the flexibility to work around family responsibilities and an already busy work schedule. Many employers say that the format of a criminal justice bachelor's or master's degree program -- whether it's online, on campus or a combination -- holds much less weight in hiring decisions than other factors such as a program's accreditation and a student's performance in the process.
CA Gov. signs bill to use surplus land owned by schools as housing for teachers
Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date if deal not reached
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday threatened to strike if no agreement is reached on a contract with Chicago Public Schools by Oct. 11.
Chicago teachers union sets October 11 strike date
The Chicago Teachers Union voted on Wednesday to set an Oct. 11 date for a possible strike that could disrupt classes for tens of thousands of students in the country's third largest public school system. The union, which represents nearly 27,000 teachers and educational support workers, said its House of Delegates voted in favor of the work stoppage, which would be the city's third teachers' strike since 2012. It poses yet another challenge for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is struggling to stop a surge in violence this year and is under pressure to address Chicago's financial woes.
Michigan Attorney General says weak Detroit schools can be closed
Underperforming schools in the cash-strapped city of Detroit can be closed this school year, Michigan's Attorney General said in a legal opinion issued Wednesday to clarify an existing state law. The position is the latest development in a battle between the state's Republican and Democratic lawmakers over how best to address Detroit's struggling school system. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, said schools operated by the Detroit Public School Community District that are among the lowest achieving 5 percent of all public schools during the three preceding school years can be shuttered by the state's School Reform Officer (SRO).