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Ann Arbor Open @ Mack has an informal setting that encourages an open environment and teaches students to work cooperatively in a group setting. “What I see in our building is a kind of excitement about being in school,” says Media Specialist Kit Flynn. “We’re interested in meeting kids where they are … and meeting kids where their high interests are.”

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation has awarded more than $15,000 in classroom grants for 20 teacher projects during the 2010-11 second semester. The list includes many longtime programs as well as some new ones, said the group’s Executive Director Wendy Correll.

Ann Arbor teachers are discovering that “there’s an app for that” thanks to a technology initiative that distributed 700 iPod Touches this semester for classroom use. “They’re excited about learning things in different ways,” said Pattengill Elementary third-grade teacher Dawn Blair. “They’re walking right in and ready to go. It gives them some independence and a sense of responsibility.”

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Todd Roberts presented a detailed analysis of his proposed budget to the Ann Arbor Board of Education on Wednesday, March 24. A downloadable PDF page is available here that offers details about this proposal.

The University Musical Society is singing the praises of Burns Park Elementary School, which was recently selected as the UMS School of the Year for its rich history in fine arts and music.

Geologist and Bach Elementary fourth-grade teacher Robin Frisch-Gleason continues to share lessons learned from a 2007 trip to Antarctica. A student climate summit is planned for April involving eight teachers from the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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