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10 2019 Children’s Book Recommendations From Children’s Bookstores

Forbes – Rachel Kramer Bussel

“With students heading back to school this month, here are 10 children’s book recommendations, all released in 2019, from children’s bookstores across the United States. These books range from picture books for the littlest readers plus early readers up to middle grade and young adult novels.” (more)

Learning multiple languages could reduce dementia risks, study finds

Action News Jacksonville – Najja Parker

“Want to maintain a good memory? Learning multiple languages could help, according to a new report. Researchers from the University of Waterloo recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, to explore the association between multilingualism and dementia risk.” (more)

Back to School: STEM’s Impact on Developing Future Roboticists

The Robotics Business Review – Staff Writer

“For more than 20 years, educators have encouraged the teaching of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum to address the next generation of workers, which includes developing the world’s next roboticists and artificial engineering experts. As students in North America begin to return to school, educators continue to stress bringing robots and robot education into classrooms. Unfortunately for many students, robotics programs and curricula vary across school districts, often heavily dependent on gender, socio-economic conditions, and even racial demographics.” (more)

Math curriculum needs to get back to using ‘more numbers than words,’ says teacher

CBC – Staff Writer

“As the Ontario government tries to tackle declining math grades in the province’s classrooms, one teacher argues that the teaching style known as “discovery math” could be to blame. “One of the issues that I have with it is it involves a lot of language,” said Tim Millan, a Toronto teacher who has taught math at the elementary and secondary levels, and now teaches adults.” (more)

As the kids go back to school, let’s all take the chance to refresh

The Guardian – Eva Wiseman

“Three little words that every adult longs to hear: back to school. Words infused with possibility, fear and the smell of strawberry rubbers, they perform a kind of time-machine spell, almost entirely dissociated from a parent’s reality of the new autumn term. Rather than simply a period in which Tesco does a decent two-for-one deal on notebooks, “back to school” is an existential obsession. Without wanting to sound like an ageing cheerleader caked in nostalgia, this time of year has started to inspire in me a kind of yearning for a grown-up equivalent, an opportunity to return, refreshed, and start again.” (more)

Study Shows Link Between Early Education And Future Career Success

Forbes – Liz Frazier

“Our childhood experiences directly influence who we become as an adult. From our early relationships, to the food we eat and daily chores – every piece from our early life affects our future path and careers we choose. In fact, most professionals will agree that childhood habits tend to take root by age 9. This is especially true when it comes to our education and school experiences. Clearly high school performance can have a direct effect on our careers by way of college options…but what about earlier education? Could elementary and middle school achievements predict future success?” (more)

How Technology Can Improve Digital Citizenship in K–12

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“As technology is further integrated into the classroom, digital citizenship is an essential skill all students need to possess. Responsible technology use is imperative for maintaining a safe learning environment and preparing students to be capable users in a technology-enabled workforce. Earlier this year in a webinar from edWeb, Jeff Meyer, director of education at, outlined the importance of ingraining digital citizenship in students at a young age, and listed some of the educational tools available to teachers for starting these lessons early.” (more)

10 Fall Activities To Get Your Kids Outdoors

Moms – Mel Bailey

“The fall season is upon us. The leaves are turning, the back-to-school bells chiming. Still, just because the kids have to sit several hours a day in class and a few hours extra finishing up their homework, it doesn’t mean that outside play has to come to a halt.” (more)

Study finds digital alerts boost STEM student success

Ed Scoop – Betsy Foresman

“By signing up to receive digital alerts, STEM students at two-year colleges were able to overcome barriers to academic success and ultimately achieved higher rates of persistence, according to a study released Tuesday. The study, conducted over that last two years by Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit working to drive transformation in workforce and education systems, and Persistence Plus, a student-centered mobile platform, examined the effects of digital alerts, also known as personalized nudging, on students at four community colleges in an attempt to address obstacles that can lead to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics students dropping out of college.” (more)

Why America Needs An Education Imperative

Forbes – Ted Dintersmith

“Education’s role in our national elections evokes words from an epic blues song – “If it weren’t for bad ideas, we’d have no ideas at all.” So it goes this cycle, as education is largely ignored, mangled, or reduced to platitudes. But here’s the truth. Education is the single most important issue determining our democracy’s future. If we continue to get it wrong, we’re headed for collapse. But if we bring the vision and courage to get it right, we will rescue the American Dream. Now more than ever, we desperately need a compelling blueprint, an Education Imperative.” (more)