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Clark County teachers spend time in Turkey to enhance lesson plans

When Del Sol High School teacher Patty Ellsworth begins teaching her 10th-grade world history class this fall, she’ll draw from personal knowledge of the subject matter. She and two other local teachers traveled across Turkey in July as part of a trip sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas.

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Teams of teens spend summer sprucing up county

The scene is all too familiar — a large cement wall a little off the beaten path, teens and paint. In this case, however, the teens aren’t tagging the wall. They’re creating murals to discourage graffiti as part of the Summer Business Institute.

School district organizes schools into performance zones

Elementary, middle and high schools in the same neighborhoods are going to get a lot cozier with each other as they are organized into cooperative teams beginning this month. The Clark County School District will be creating 14 “performance zones” based on location and achievement.

Board approves federal funds to help low-income students

A poor student has to work harder to learn. That’s the premise of a federal program granting $72 million — on top of normal funding for the upcoming school year — to 91 Clark County schools with enough poor children to qualify.

Hewetson principal earns spot in Nevada Public Education Foundation Hall of Fame

Lucy Keaton helped transform what was one of the lowest performing elementary schools in Las Vegas into an exemplary turn around school, the state’s highest academic designation. During the six years Keaton has been at the school, Hewetson has met adequate yearly progress standards four years running and had gains of at least 10 percent in student achievement on standardized tests every year.

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