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Charlene Lake: Why American Companies Must Engage in Training the Youth of Today to Build the Workforce of the Future

The 74 Million – Charlene Lake

“Like most corporations, AT&T believes hiring the right talent is a business imperative. But it is not always easy. There are challenges associated with finding candidates with technology-focused skills such as coding and programming, as well as workers with the soft skills that technology simply cannot replace, including decision-making, leadership and collaboration. With a job opening for every unemployed person in the country, businesses need to do more to train and attract talent to remain competitive. Long gone are the days when employers could sit back and wait for the right candidates to walk through their doors.” (more)

Here’s how we can make sure that every child has the opportunity to go to the moon

Fast Company – Jessie Woolley-Wilson

“To expand the opportunities in STEM, we need to start with improving mathematical education. We don’t know what the next moonshot will be, but we do know that math will be involved. Frankly, math is essential to every profession, yet many students struggle more in math than in any other subject. And this has very little to do with their abilities; it’s more about the way we teach math.” (more)

Babies learning sign language: Promotes communication, bonding and verbal skills

The Hartford Courant – Alex Boyle

“Dr. Patricia Garcia, a pediatrician and hospitalist at Connecticut Children’s, says incorporating sign language into baby care is a great way to help babies communicate their needs earlier and more effectively. It can help promote verbal language as well. “The idea behind introducing sign language to infants/toddlers started with this understanding of their natural development — they can use their hands long before they can use their voice,” Garcia said. “This strategy also helps with older toddlers who may have delayed expressive language — meaning they don’t speak as quickly. Toddlers who have a hard time communicating verbally can get really frustrated because they can’t express themselves and their needs. Introducing sign language can help them communicate with their parents and caregivers.'” (more)

OPINION: Ending the stigma for college students with learning disabilities

The Hechinger Report – Lindsay Jones and Ted Mitchell

“After all, children with learning and attention issues are as smart as their peers and capable of high academic achievement, but too often they are misunderstood as lazy or unintelligent. Without the right academic and emotional support, they are much more likely than their peers to repeat a grade, get suspended or drop out. These issues are only amplified when students transition from high school to college. The attention, in the recent admissions scandal, on accommodations in standardized testing for students with learning disabilities did not help.” (more)

Educators Don’t Agree on What Whole Child Education Means. Here’s Why It Matters.

Ed Surge – Rachel Burstein

“Over the last year, EdSurge Research has been working on a project to understand how educators are shifting practice to reach all learners. For this project, we convened and facilitated Teaching and Learning Circles—local educator gatherings—in 22 cities around the country; published 60 stories of changing practice by both practitioners and reporters; and surveyed and interviewed hundreds of educators about their experience. Across all of these activities, we found many educators who shared Hafiz’s understanding of whole child education. But we also found educators who had different perspectives. While educators saw whole child as important, there was significant variation in how they defined it.” (more)

School textbooks are on the way out – and pupils will lose so much with them

The Guardian – Sam Leith

“The world’s largest publisher of textbooks is preparing to throw in the towel on print and paper: Pearson has announced a digital-first strategy for its US market. New books will be published in electronic rather than print form, and Pearson will update its physical textbooks much less often from here on in. The UK is expected to follow in due course. Students in the US, who increasingly opt to rent secondhand textbooks rather than buy them new, are eating into Pearson’s profits; so it has decided to cut the problem off at the source. Or, as it puts it, “It is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products.”” (more)

Talking to Toddlers, While They Play, Transforms Language Development in Early Childhood

The Good Men Project – Staff Writer

” What do you see, watching young children wander from one object to another, feeling, holding and playing with whatever they find of interest? In a single hour, toddlers will typically touch around 100 different objects, spending just 10 seconds, on average, playing with each. In this whirlwind of exploration, I see a huge opportunity for adults. Children’s play offers a chance for them to name and describe what catches their children’s attention. In this way, they can support language development and foster the basic building blocks for literacy, maths and socio-emotional skills. Any parent can do it, but many don’t recognise the benefits that talking can offer.” (more)

Stop worrying about screen ‘time’. It’s your child’s screen experience that matters

The Conversation – Brittany Huberd

“There was a time when society was concerned about children reading. If kids are reading, how will they complete their chores or homework? The fear that time spent with media replaces other “acceptable” activities of childhood is often referred to as the displacement hypothesis. One such concern is that screen time occupies time spent on physical activity. Because screen time is often sedentary, researchers have investigated whether it displaces the time children spend being physically active. But the relationship between screen time and physical activity is not straightforward.” (more)

Increasing social media use tied to rise in teens’ depressive symptoms, study says

CNN – Jacqueline Howard

“Spending too much time scrolling through social media and watching more television has been linked with symptoms of depression in young people — and a new study reveals to what extent screen time and depression may be intertwined. For every additional hour young people spend on social media or watching television, the severity of depressive symptoms they experience goes up, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday.” (more)

Inquiry-Based Projects Feed Student Curiosity

Edutopia – Brooke Markle

“As the past school year drew to a close, I found some yet-to-be-scheduled time with my seventh-grade English language arts classes—a rarity—and I wanted to take full advantage of it. Over the past few years, I’ve worked to offer my students more inquiry-based learning—having them develop their own questions to answer, research the questions in class, present their findings, and reflect on the process as a whole.” (more)