What do the new Smarter Balanced State Assessment results mean for Delaware students?

delaware educationThe statewide assessment results recently released provide a snapshot of how Delaware students are performing in English language arts and mathematics. The results are the first ever scores for the Smarter Balanced Assessment test, which is aligned with the Common Core standards.

Statewide, only  slightly more than half of students in third through eighth grades and in grade 11 were “proficient’ or better in English. In math, just under 39 percent were statewide.

More than four million students took the field test that was used to set expectations for how students would perform when Smarter Balanced was first offered last …

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics named to The Philadelphia 100

philly100-logoHere we “grow” again! Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. was recently named to The Philadelphia 100 as one of the fastest growing companies in the region!

Since 1988, The Philadelphia 100 has been the hallmark of entrepreneurial achievement. The project, which is run by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Business Journal, identifies and honors the 100 fastest growing, privately held entrepreneurial companies in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Since it’s founding, The Philadelphia 100 has recognized some of the region’s finest companies as they were just beginning to emerge, including: …

The Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award is now accepting applications

YSA logoThe Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award recognizes service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. This award focuses on projects that show a high level of youth initiative in all areas including identifying an authentic need, planning the service, and putting that plan into action. Teams of young people participating in service-learning projects can apply. The deadline is December 4.

Representatives from the National Youth Leadership Council will review applications. One winner will be selected to receive this award at Educate. Ignite. Transform., the 27th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., March 30 – April 2, 2016. …

Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition awards $20,000 to the National Champion

Graduation speech (2)Does your school participate in the Poetry Out Loud contest? If not, make this the year that it does! 

Poetry Out Loud is the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. Top finalists and their schools receive $50,000 in awards, including $20,000 for the National Champion. Nearly 3,000,000 students and 9,500 schools have participated.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. Poetry Out Loud gives students an …

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics has tutoring job openings throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania!

1-on-1 tutoring, young girlBack to Basics employs over 80 tutors, all of whom are experienced professionals holding Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Tutors are selected for each assignment based on a client’s expressed need, goals and schedules. Back to Basics serves the needs of a wide range of students with instruction in more than 60 subjects. Whether a student is pre-kindergarten through college age, or older adult, our philosophy of building skills and confidence remains the same.

Since 1985, the tutors at Back to Basics have been helping students reach their full academic potential. We work with remedial, special education, and enrichment students. …