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How music can help kids learn literacy skills

KQED News Mind/Shift – Deborah Farmer Kris

“Literacy depends on detecting sound patterns, and this pattern learning is part of auditory processing. According to a study conducted by Kraus, children with reading difficulties experienced more success when teachers improved the sound quality of their instruction by using assisted listening devices (or sound amplification systems) that made their voices crisper and less distorted.” (more)

Parental Pressure Mounts for More Phonics, Less Guessing in Teaching Reading

Education Next – Robert Pondiscio

“Early childhood literacy advocacy has been a quiet casualty of our current annus horribilis. Back in the BCE years (Before Covid Era), considerable interest had been building among practitioners and policymakers in curriculum and instruction built on the “Science of Reading.” That critical conversation has been largely sidelined for obvious reasons as states, districts, and schools prioritize setting up and running remote and hybrid learning plans and focus on a return to in-person schooling with public health imperatives more than instructional ones, first and foremost.” (more)

Cybersecurity learning standards offer a new look at a consistent threat

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“CYBER.ORG has released the nation’s first voluntary K-12 cybersecurity learning standards to be used to in schools and districts around the country. As the United States continues to face an onslaught of sophisticated cyberattacks, there are more than 464,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions nationwide.” (more)

Curriculum Case Study: A Massachusetts Town Boosts Students’ STEM Learning by Letting the Students Do the Talking, ‘It’s Real Life’

The 74 Million – Elizabeth Pawloski

“Taunton is a small city in southeastern Massachusetts, located 40 miles south of Boston. Our students are culturally and linguistically diverse and come from a range of socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. Traditionally, we have struggled on the MCAS assessment — the state’s standardized exams — and this is especially true in middle school science, where we score at least 10 points below the state average. Our students are curious and engaged and our educators are passionate and dedicated, but this has not been enough to adequately prepare them for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in high school and beyond.” (more)

How English as a Second Language Affects Learning

The U.S. News and World Report – Barbara DeLollis

“Almost one in 10 U.S. students in grades K-12 — about 5 million children total — are pulling double duty in school, learning English as a second language while absorbing math, science, social studies and all of the other subjects they need.” (more)

15 Nonfiction Children’s Books On Your Kid’s Favorite Topics

Romper – Ashley Ziegler

“Most of us love reading cute fiction books with our kids on a regular basis, but every now and then it would be nice to slip in something a little different, wouldn’t it? Adding a few nonfiction children’s books to your regular rotation of bedtime stories is a great way to sneak some educational content into the mix. These types of books are great because they are written specifically for kids so they’re engaging and easy to understand (and they don’t read like textbooks).” (more)

Why language learning is still important

EU Reporter – Staff Writer

“To give just one example, if one is on holiday in Spain and looking for the best tapas restaurant in the area then you could rely on a guidebook for recommendations. However, if you learn the basics of conversational Spanish then you’d be able to get the information first-hand from someone who knows the best places to visit. Learning a language is easier than ever as there are sites online that cover numerous languages, including Spanish, with plenty of tutors for each one at different prices. Making that extra bit of effort beforehand can go a long way as anyone you approach is more likely to go that little bit further to help.” (more)

Closing gaps in math learning

The Globe and Mail – Nicole Edwards

“The study, conducted in the Netherlands, showed children experience 5.6 weeks of learning delay for every eight weeks of school closure, despite equitable school funding and high access to broadband internet. For provinces like Ontario, where students missed 20 weeks of in-person learning between March 2020 and May 2021, these findings indicate that kids in both public and private schools could be starting the year with significant gaps in learning compared to previous years.” (more)