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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School (Choice)

Students First – Halli Bayer

“But when it comes to schools, most parents have considerably fewer options. The main way that parents exercise school choice is by moving to a neighborhood with high-quality schools.” (more)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Guest: 7 ways to help kids with summer reading

The Seattle Times – Dayna Provitt

“Summer is a perfect time to start a new habit in your home: reading together. Here are a few simple tips that can help parents support their young readers as they are learning, and then practicing, how to read. It is never too young to start. Even toddlers can benefit from these ideas.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Why video games, in moderation, are good for kids, says UK study

The Christian Science Monitor – Anne Collier

“Just in time for the last days of summer vacation in the US, an Oxford University study of 5,000 British children, shows that video games, in limited amounts, are good for kids.” (more)

Julia Steiny: Healthy Families Spawn Healthy Economic Conditions

Education News – Julia Steiny

“If a municipality or state got really serious about investing in the health and welfare of their kids, wouldn’t the economy also get healthier? I don’t mean political blah-blahing about “the children are our future.”…Governments support them with good schools, parks, safe neighborhoods and so on.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Early Ed: Critical to Child Success

Jackson Free Press – Mary Spooner

“Although data show overwhelmingly that early education is crucial to academic success throughout a child’s life, Mississippi has been slow to provide the youngest and poorest kids with the tools to achieve.” (more)

Back to school: 12 things parents, kids should do before summer ends

Global News – Carmen Chai

“For your kids, July may have been jam-packed with ice cream cones, pool parties and trips to the zoo. The dog days of summer are winding down and soon, they’ll be swapping their swimming suits for pencils, binders and books…Here are their 12 suggestions on what parents should encourage their kids to do before summer ends.” (more)

White House symposium focuses on family engagement

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“A symposium at the White House Thursday explored how increasing family engagement can drive school improvement…“Children do not live outside of the context of their families. If you want to have a real chance for education reform,” said Carla Thompson, vice president of program strategies at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which helped organize the event, “everyone should understand they have a role in it.”” (more)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Get it Growing: Gardening with children

Sequim Gazette – Jeanette Stehr-Green

“Gardening offers many benefits to the gardener. If you’d like your kids to grow up gardening and learning how to grow their own food, here are some suggestions to get you started.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students

The Atlantic – Jessica Lahey

“Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012, 23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it…It is the 25th such annual report released by the foundation, which collects and analyzes a mountain of data about the well-being of America’s children…” (more)