For Parents

City of Melrose Websites

Melrose Public Schools

The Melrose Public Schools website gives you access to the websites of all eight schools in the district, including the high school, middle school, the five elementary schools, and the Franklin Early Childhood Center: www.melroseschools.com. Browse the website for many other links of interest, including:

BLOG: School Committee Member Margaret Driscoll, “Taking Notes in Melrose
Read unofficial School Committee meeting notes and other news on a range of educational topics. Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a second-term Melrose School Committee member. Opinions expressed on her blog do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Melrose Education Foundation.

City of Melrose

Links to city departments and city officials, including information about how to contact your Alderman. We encourage you to follow the Mayor’s blog for the latest city news, including topics that affect the school district.

MMTV

You can watch recordings of school committee meetings on Melrose Mass Television’s website.

Education Standards and Frameworks

The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nation-wide, state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared for college and careers. Massachusetts has adopted and is implementing the Common Core. Click here to learn more.

The National PTA website allows parents to easily see what their children should be learning during each grade under the Common Core. Take a moment to explore the site; scroll down to find links to Parent Guides by grade.

Massachusetts Framework for Educator Evaluation

Massachusetts adopted a new educator evaluation system in 2011; it is due to be fully in place state-wide in 2014. Learn more here.

Also read Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Education’s Communications Director Jonathan Palumbo’s blog on the new system for teacher evaluation.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workshops and Resources

STEMWorks

Welcome to STEM-Works, a resource for teachers, mentors, parents, STEM professionals, volunteers, and everyone passionate about getting children eager to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
www.stem-works.com/ 

FOSS

The FOSS (Full Option Science System) website provides resources for parents and educators, and interactive activities for students.

iCreate to Educate

While stop-motion animation is the core concept powering iCreate’s software and app, the true value lies in the hands-on creation, simple user-interface, and cross-curricular integration — three elements that make for a learning experience that’s meaningful and fun. Click here to learn more.

Scratch

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Designed for all ages, Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

Throughout the year, CEEO holds workshops for children in grades 1-10. These workshops range from 3 hours on a Saturday to week-long summer programs. Click here to learn more.

Trends in Education

Edutopia

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. Through videos, blogs, articles, and classroom guides, edutopia.org shares innovations in teaching and learning with students, teachers, community leaders, and professionals.

Smithsonian.com

Special Report: “Educating Americas for the 21st Century,” April 17, 2013
This Special Report highlights the bright spots where dynamic ideas, fascinating people, and hard work are transforming education for American kids.

Student Resources

Smithsonian Online Education Conferences
With a wide range of topics, the 2013 Smithsonian Online Education Conference Series provides an online space for students to engage with Smithsonian experts–from historians, art educators, scientists, anthropologists and more—and make connections from textbooks to today’s world. http://smithsonianeducationconferences.org/

Parents, do you have an online education resource you want to share on this page? Email us at: info@melroseedfoundation.org.