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Revolution in world language instruction taking hold in First State

Delaware Public Media – Larry Nagengast

“To the untrained ear, the sounds are virtually impossible to decipher, but the ninth-grade students are starting to figure it out….They are taking their first steps in learning the language spoken in the world’s most populous nation…What’s going on at A.I. du Pont is a part of a small but significant revolution in world language instruction in Delaware public schools. In high school, and even in kindergarten, learning Chinese is becoming an option for students who relish challenges and dream of careers that could find them circling the globe.”(more)

New Year’s Tips for College Savings

Forbes – Reyna Gobel

“New Year’s Eve is a time for making resolutions, hopefully ones you plan on keeping. If you made a resolution to put aside money for your children’s college educations, these five tips will help you stay on track.”(more)

The Best New Year’s Resolution a Parent Can Make – Claire McCarthy

“It’s that time of year again: the time when we make resolutions. Even if we don’t end up keeping them, the process of making them is a really great chance to take stock of our lives and think about what might make us happier, healthier people–and families. As a pediatrician, someone who spends an awful lot of time trying to make families happier and healthier, I can’t resist taking the opportunity to chime in. I thought for a while about what to suggest (since I can’t just repeat last year’s suggestions, even though I do like them), and here’s what I came up with:”(more)

STEM program encourages scientific thinking

The Frederick News-Post – Ike Wilson

“When Charlene Berger found out about C. Burr Artz Public Library’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lab, she thought it would make for a fun visit Saturday for her 8-year-old daughter. STEM education prepares students for post-secondary study and the 21st century global workforce…The lab is home to a variety of equipment that children and teens can use to explore STEM areas, including a 3D printer, Snap Circuits, iPad minis, microscopes, drone, LEGO Mindstorms, Goldieblox, Plasma Ball, 3Doodler 3D Pen and more. “(more)

Schools Need to Prioritize Addressing Obesity in 2015

The Huffington Post – Roberto Padilla & Dr. Rawle Shewprashad

“During this time of year, many adults are making New Year’s Resolutions to exercise more and eat a healthier diet. We also need to make a national resolution to address America’s childhood obesity problem…While educators cannot control what students do when they are home, they can still influence students’ lives in a positive way since outside of home life, children spend most of their time in schools. According to Harvard University’s School of Public Health, schools are the foundation to lifelong good health. We believe schools can build that foundation through increased exercise and improved nutrition offerings.”(more)