BOCES takes to cyberspace

Blog aims to inform and engage community on education issues

— While much of the blog consists of parents and educators asking questions and commenting on posts, Aurora said it’s essential to hear from kids as well. For the second year in a row, the blog has started a “Kids Speak” campaign, asking that students to submit essays, poems, drawings or videos highlighting a part of education that is important to them. The Education Speaks editorial board will review the submissions and selected entries will run on the blog during the month of May.

Last year, the site received more than 100 submissions ranging from students talking about classes they enjoyed to teachers that inspired them. North Colonie Central School District is one of the many districts encouraging students to get involved with “Kids Speak.”

“They are the prime consumers of the service of education. We want to know what they think,” said North Colonie Central School District Superintendent Joseph Corr. Corr was featured in a video on a blog post on Jan. 31 discussing some of the fiscal crises schools are facing in their budgets.

Once budget season is over, Dedrick said BOCES hopes to start up more conversation on the adoption of the Common Core Standards. Dedrick said he believes the new standards are a step in the right direction but he’s concerned about students sitting down to take a test they are unfamiliar with.

Dedrick added that they are always looking for more people to join in on the discussions.

“I think the more that there is, the better it is,” he said. “It’s not about giving advice. It’s about creating a place for people to have a sounding board to bounce ideas around.”

Submissions for Kids Speak can be emailed to edspeaks@neric.org and must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on April 19. For more information, visit educationspeaks.org.

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