Carolyn Jones covers math and science education for EdSource. She was a reporter for 17 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered the environment, Oakland city hall and other beats. She received the 2011 Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting for stories about the economic impact of environmental restoration, as well as numerous awards for feature writing from the East Bay Press Club. She also covered health care for the Oakland Tribune and education for both the Hayward Daily Review and Sonora Union Democrat. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley in English and lives in Oakland with her two kids.
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Scores rose 8 points after teachers took a course designed to improve their own knowledge.
July 26, 2018
Native Californian history should include more than just 4th-grade mission projects, some teachers say.
July 25, 2018
Social workers, legal referrals, tutoring and health services are among the district's offerings.
July 18, 2018
Intensive teacher training led to John Muir Elementary seeing a spike in math scores
July 3, 2018
After-school coding classes, high school tech internships and STEM teacher residencies are among the programs funded in the new state budget.
June 27, 2018
Wildfires, floods and soaring housing costs have left thousands of families homeless in outlying areas of the state.
June 12, 2018
The district-run math-and-science school opened in 2016 and already has a waiting list of 400.
June 11, 2018
Too many students think 'STEM is only for the smartest of the smart,' while millions of jobs go unfilled.
June 6, 2018
New data from the Office of Civil Rights shows wide gaps in advanced math and science enrollment.
May 22, 2018
The report by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics report calls for an end to tracking, and more practical course offerings.
May 8, 2018
California's environmental standards are among the top in the nation, but implementation "is a big lift."
April 30, 2018
A new national survey reveals a complex trajectory of how LGBT youth become homeless.
April 25, 2018
Mobile science labs, Skype lessons with scientists and robotics workshops are among the offerings at some remote schools.
April 24, 2018
22.8 percent of the state's children are living below the poverty threshold
April 17, 2018
The technology, combined with supportive teachers, has opened the door to science careers.
April 10, 2018
Funding is available for bus service for displaced students, staff overtime, air filters and other fire-related expenses.
March 26, 2018
New taxes would subsidize child care for low- and middle-income families.
March 25, 2018
$20,000 award from National Science Teachers Association will provide much-needed supplies to East Oakland middle school
March 18, 2018
Low-income and low-performing schools are facing the most obstacles in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.
March 12, 2018
Music can help students remember math formulas and relieve stress in the classroom, studies show.
March 11, 2018
Report finds that even infants can learn abstract scientific concepts, and starting early can help them with science later on.
March 8, 2018
A UCLA survey of 730 schools nationwide found widespread negative impacts related to deportation fears.
March 4, 2018
At least 30 high schools now offer classes in data science, one of the state's most in-demand and highest-paying careers.
February 19, 2018
2019 budget proposal eliminates NASA education office and teacher training grants.
February 13, 2018
The move is a step forward in California's plan for computer science standards in public schools.
February 12, 2018
NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and teacher training grants face more than $3 billion in cuts as Congress debates 2018 budget.
February 7, 2018
Learning math at the beach, on a city street, at the playground can engage even the most math-averse students, teachers say
February 4, 2018
Homeless students, destroyed campuses, ‘invisible injuries’: What California schools learned from recent disasters
School leaders share their tips for helping students and staff cope during and after natural disasters.
January 29, 2018
Hands-on science projects emphasized in California's new science standards are a hit with K-2 students, teachers say.
January 21, 2018
More than 50,000 U.S.-born students in California have Salvadoran parents who had temporary protected status.
January 11, 2018
High-quality training in the new science standards needs to be a priority for districts in 2018, some leading educators say.
January 11, 2018
Auto shops still thrive at some high schools, despite a shift to more academic course offerings.
January 3, 2018
Of the nation's 1.6 million homeless youth, 40 percent identify as LGBT, according to one survey.
January 1, 2018
A new report ranks California among the nation's worst in teaching about student loans, credit cards and personal finance.
December 21, 2017
49ers, Ducks, other teams offer free curriculum to California teachers.
December 18, 2017
Strong teacher-student relationships are a key to success at Covina-Valley Unified
December 11, 2017
Torrance Unified has trained nearly all its teachers and introduced Next Generation Science Standards to all 24,000 students
December 10, 2017
Computer Science Education Week part of a broad effort to prepare young people for jobs and diversify the tech field.
December 4, 2017
Teachers say they're spending hundreds out of pocket to pay for science experiment supplies.
November 26, 2017
Learning about disasters can minimize students' stress and help future generations minimize risks, teachers say.
November 14, 2017
Federal law guarantees homeless children a right to an education, regardless of where they're living.
November 12, 2017
An Education Trust-West study found wide achievement gaps, even though Latino students make up a majority of students.
November 8, 2017
New state data shows 46 percent drop in school suspensions over the last five years. The suspension rate for African American students in 2016-17 was 9.8 percent, for Latino students 3.7 percent, for white students 3.2 percent, and for Asian students 1.1 percent.
November 1, 2017
Computer science programs expected to be a priority for Department of Education grants
October 30, 2017
State grants allow campuses to shorten credential process from 5 1/2 to 4 years.
October 29, 2017
As of Monday, Oct. 30 all schools had re-opened except Riebli elementary, Schaefer elementary, Roseland Collegiate Prep and Hidden Valley Satellite. Students at those schools are attending other schools, at least temporarily.
October 19, 2017
Most respondents in this Berkeley IGS/EdSource poll have not heard of the Next Generation Science Standards, although they endorse its goals when given an explanation
October 15, 2017
Nearly 15,000 children living in shelters, motels, cars or "doubled up" with other families
October 2, 2017
Over a quarter of the state’s nearly 10,500 schools report zero homeless students meaning homeless students in those districts aren't receiving the specialized assistance required by state and federal law.
October 2, 2017
Tears, stress and absenteeism are increasingly common among immigrant students, teachers say.
September 28, 2017
Free online brochure explains Next Generation Science Standards for parents.
September 26, 2017
Some campuses are quieter and tardiness is down as schools shut off their bell systems
September 12, 2017
Funding is intended to help those threatened by Trump's decision to end DACA
September 12, 2017
California joins UC, other states in trying to save program that protects undocumented young people
September 11, 2017
UC President Janet Napolitano seeks to stop the reversal of the program she helped create.
September 8, 2017
Repeal of Obama-era immigration program leaves "Dreamers" anxious but prepared to fight back
September 5, 2017
Undocumented students will continue to be welcome at UC, CSU and community colleges, education leaders say.
September 1, 2017
Definitions of “sanctuary” vary from district to district, but in most cases it means that school staff will not allow federal immigration agents on campus without a warrant, subpoena or court order.
August 10, 2017
Rare astronomical phenomena on Aug. 21 coincides with the start of school for many districts.
August 7, 2017
Hidden Genius Project, among others, provides free programming classes to underrepresented groups.
July 25, 2017
A new AP Computer Science Principles class focuses on the “big ideas” behind computer science.
July 23, 2017
Five Keys Charter School's refurbished bus will help high school dropouts earn their diplomas or GEDs.
July 19, 2017
Intensive summer programs, extra tutoring, online courses among districts' offerings
July 5, 2017
Despite its creativity-focused economy, California arts education among the nation's worst
June 28, 2017
The Technovation contest is one of many summer programs aimed at encouraging girls to pursue math and computer science.
June 27, 2017
Free summer programs help kids struggling in math get a head start on algebra and geometry.
June 11, 2017
Learning Policy Institute research shows student achievement improves at schools that offer on-campus social services.
June 7, 2017
Nonprofit organizations like Save the Frogs are helping schools implement California's new science standards.
June 4, 2017
The state's fourth-largest school district is among the leaders in finding creative ways to staff classrooms.
May 31, 2017
After 20 years on the job, a fiscal analyst begins a new career as a high school teacher.
May 30, 2017
Statewide efforts to increase the number of math and science teachers have had some impact.
May 30, 2017
Former engineer makes the transition to high school teacher.
May 30, 2017
To help solve California's math and science teacher shortage, new programs aim to help mid-career professionals switch careers.
May 30, 2017
The bill would require a committee of educators, librarians and media experts to create guidelines for teachers.
May 24, 2017
Thousands of low-income students get to see the Broadway show for free as part of the EduHam history program.
May 14, 2017
Computer-based exam based on Next Generation Science Standards to be given through June.
April 28, 2017
Nearly 60 California school districts have declared themselves safe havens for undocumented immigrants.
April 25, 2017
Those who are participating say it's important to fight funding cuts to science agencies and education.
April 20, 2017
Next Generation Science Standards aim to reach minorities, English learners and others underrepresented in science fields.
April 13, 2017
State law requires schools to have comprehensive safety plans.
April 10, 2017
Teacher support and high-quality materials are key, according to a new report.
March 29, 2017
Some schools are replacing asphalt play yards with trees, flowers, and vegetables.
March 26, 2017
Girls score the same as boys on math and science tests, but women make up only 29 percent of the STEM workforce.
March 12, 2017
The chancellor's statement is the latest salvo in colleges' protest of federal immigration policies.
February 23, 2017
As prices come down, more schools are using high-tech headsets to supplement science lessons.
February 20, 2017
New standards, among the most comprehensive in the nation, focus on human impacts.
February 12, 2017
A national nonprofit visits Oakland to distribute free books to elementary students.
February 9, 2017
More school districts vow to protect immigrant students despite threats from the Trump administration.
February 5, 2017
Teachers, administrators and parents object to DeVos’ positions promoting charter schools and vouchers.
January 31, 2017
The approach encourages hands-on learning through experiments.
January 18, 2017
In some cases, English learners outscored their English-proficient peers on standardized tests.