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March 5, 2013

Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To Ray Preston on becoming New York’s winningest girls basketball coach.

On Feb. 19, Preston led Davenport to a 50-39 triumph over Stamford, earning his 620th victory. The record was held by Red Hook coach John Kuhn.

After the game, Preston asked anyone he had coached at Davenport to join him at mid-court.

“This is all about everyone who has ever played for me,” he said.

Preston, 64, spent 35 years as a business teacher at Davenport, retiring seven years ago. He said it’s the teaching aspect of coaching that keeps him energized. 

“The biggest thing is I enjoy the kids,” Preston said. “I enjoy practice. I really do. Everyone comes to the games, but I really enjoy the practices because you’re teaching.”

And he’s taught them well.  We congratulate Preston on his accomplishment.

 

To an unusual approach to teaching math.

While many people know about video games that double as teaching tools, Bootstrap takes a different approach. The curriculum and software package teaches students algebra by having them program their own video games using an algebraic programming language.

A Bootstrap workshop will be presented locally Saturday at the State University College at Oneonta. It will begin with a discussion of the cognitive challenges of algebra, the pitfalls of using programming, and an overview of the research behind the program. 

Bootstrap founder Emmanuel Schanzer will lead the workshop, which is aimed at middle school and high school teachers. The program has received accolades and support from such companies as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the National Science Foundation. 

It’s important to find ways to keep students engaged in learning. Bootstrap seems to be an innovative way to do that.

To a simplified method of outlining the costs of a public college education.

All of the SUNY system’s 64 campuses will use a new, standardized financial aid letter for the 2013-14 academic year, as part of the SUNY Smart Track campaign, a commitment to transparency in college financing that was launched in September. 

Students and their families to see the cost of attendance and financial aid offerings at each campus, including campus-specific information such as graduation rate, median borrowing and loan default rate.

The average indebtedness of a SUNY graduate is $22,575, below the national average of $26,600, SUNY officials said, and the majority of SUNY students repay their loans. 

“This is a positive step in streamlining the financial aid process for prospective students and their families,” Rob Mazzei, director of admissions at the State University College of Technology at Delhi, said in a prepared statement. “It will allow them to compare colleges and make informed decisions on loan borrowing.” 

Anything colleges can do to make the process more transparent for students is a big step in the right direction.