URBANA, Ill. • An increase in enrollment at the University of Illinois system has sparked a move to hire hundreds of new faculty members, which the system's president says will improve teaching conditions.
A stereotypical math classroom conjures images of a tangle of equations up on the board, students hunched over desks aligned in tidy rows and a stern teacher presiding over it all. This type of classroom does not belong to Brock Montgomery, a third-year math teacher at Parkway Northeast Middle School. In his eighth-grade pre-algebra and algebra classes, you’ll find comfy couches, word problems about giant cheeseburgers and the answer to the elusive question: When are we ever going to use this?
ST. LOUIS • At the Soulard School, students practice yoga to start their day. They leave their shoes off for math, English and science lessons. They raise chickens, learn to play the violin and make lunch for each other.
Starting next fall, they’ll do it without paying a dime in tuition.
Kairos Academies, the only charter middle school expected to open in St. Louis this year, has signed a lease for a portion of Concordia Publishing House’s building in the Marine Villa neighborhood.
Kairos plans to open in the 143-year-old building at the corner of Miami Street and Jefferson Avenue by mid-August for an initial sixth-grade class of 115 students.
Co-founder and CEO Gavin Schiffres said the former office layout of the new space meshes with the school’s mission: to teach kids in environments similar to the open-office spaces where they will one day work.