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Education Matters: Teacher training in Del Mar: In search of balance

Marsha Sutton

As a final follow-up to the recent series on professional development in the Del Mar Union School District, DMUSD superintendent Holly McClurg explained why some teachers are out of their classrooms for training more than others.

All DMUSD teachers spend two to five days a year, for three years, in Cognitively Guided Instruction staff development, she said, to prepare for Common Core State Standards which are being introduced this fall.

AutoMatters: SoCal Pro Racing Preview & AutoMatters Tech

NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway (Mar. 24/13)

If you enjoy watching professional auto racing live and in-person, SoCal (Southern California) is the place to be. Also, it takes a lot of tech to bring you a new AutoMatters column each and every week, so this week come into my home office and take a close-up look at some of my latest hi-tech tools.

Education Matters: Teacher training vs. time in the classroom: How Del Mar walks the tightrope

Marsha Sutton

Part Three of a three-part series:
After all the hubbub about what some say is an excessive amount of teacher training in the Del Mar Union School District, I asked to sit in on a professional development session.

DMUSD superintendent Holly McClurg enthusiastically agreed and set me up with a session for the district’s kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers on Feb. 10.

AutoMatters: Muscle Cars at the San Diego Automotive Museum & ‘NON-STOP’

Muscle cars at the San Diego Automotive Museum

This week AutoMatters visits an exhibit of classic muscle cars. Then it’s off for some high-flying, thrilling entertainment with a review of the action-packed movie “NON-STOP,” now playing at a theater near you.

Ah, muscle cars – I remember them well. Glossy brochure pictures featured these loud, in your face machines in surreal settings like idyllic fields covered in flowers to stimulate your imagination. They were drag raced and many spent their Friday and Saturday nights at impromptu car shows at the local drive-in (movie or burger). These were nostalgic times, recalled by “Muscle Cars: 50 Years of American Horsepower” – a new exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park.

All of the major U.S. auto manufacturers got in on the action. Their very names evoked speed: GTO, AMX, Superbird, Firebird, Mustang, 4-4-2, Road Runner, Torino, Javelin, Charger, Camaro, Barracuda and more.

I was fortunate to have been a teenager with my very own muscle car back in those days. It was a bright red, 1970 Plymouth Duster 340.

Education Matters: Teacher training vs. time in the classroom: How Del Mar walks the tightrope

Marsha Sutton

Part 2: Last week’s column discussed the Del Mar Union School District’s balancing act as it tries to provide professional development for its teachers without negatively impacting students and impeding learning in the classroom.

Tiffany Kinney and Gina Vargus, co-presidents of the Del Mar California Teachers Association, discussed the discomfort some teachers have with the training.

AutoMatters: Goodguys Del Mar Nationals

Goodguys autocross

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals will be rolling into the Del Mar Fairgrounds from April 4 – 6, 2014. To give you a good indication of what you can expect, here’s a sampling of what took place at the Goodguys Fall Del Mar Nationals, which were held last November.

Jumbo Loans Are Making a Comeback

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By Jason Katz, Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Jumbo loans are not only making a comeback; they are coming back in all shapes and sizes. Since the latter part of 2013, jumbo loans have been making headlines because something quite unprecedented happened: jumbo loan interest rates started to drop below conforming [...]

Teacher training vs. time in the classroom: How Del Mar walks the tightrope

Marsha Sutton

Three years ago, under then assistant superintendent Holly McClurg, the Del Mar Union School District adopted an intense regimen of professional development, mostly focused on a training program called Cognitively Guided Instruction.

Shortly thereafter, the criticism started, as parents and teachers began to register objections.

The Affordable Care Act: Easing the Stress of Post-Divorce Health Insurance

Health

By Nancy Bickford The ending of a marriage is always hard. Of course, there’s the emotional trauma, but then there’s also many practical matters to deal with. Spouses must sort out their finances, their home, custody and visitation of children, and obtaining individual health insurance (just to name a few). The health insurance issue has [...]

AutoMatters: GRAN TURISMO 6 for the PS3

– ©2013 Sony Computer Entertainment

If you enjoy car racing and realistic video games, check out GRAN TURISMO 6 – “The Real Driving Simulator” for the PlayStation 3. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the long-running GRAN TURISMO series, this is the newest and most advanced installment yet.

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