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Friday, June 20, 2014

National Summer Learning Day targets ‘summer slide’

The Christian Science Monitor – Lane Brown

“Friday, June 20 is National Summer Learning Day, a day created by the original efforts of Johns Hopkins University students to fight the effects of summer slide. The day is a touch point of a bigger effort to re-shape the way parents, legislators, and educators think about summer vacation as an opportunity to continue learning in engaging ways outside the classroom.” (more)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reading Experience May Change the Brains of Dyslexic Students

The New York Times – Annie Murphy Paul

“Among the many challenges faced by children with dyslexia (and by their parents and teachers) is the nagging fear that their difficulties with reading are entirely hard-wired: predetermined by their genes and impossible to change. Recent research offers a balm for that fear. It suggests that experience plays a big role in dyslexia, both in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.” (more)

Most important summer activity for kids? Not reading, many parents say.

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“Although 83 percent of parents say it is very or extremely important that their children read this summer, only 17 percent say it is the most important activity, a new survey finds. Playing outside scores higher.” (more)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Healthy Kids: Encourage summer reading

The ST. Louis Post-Dispatch – Dr. Bob Wilmott

“From ice cream cones to long afternoons at the local pool, summer feels packed with activities — and for many kids, “reading a book” probably falls pretty far down on the to-do list.”(more)

STEM Needs to Be Updated to STREAM

The Huffington Post – Rob Furman

“The notion seems to be that reading is still a critical element in any student’s success. Why not give it its proper place… STEM to STEAM to STREAM, standing for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math.”(more)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thinkology: The Study of Fun!

kirotv.com – Staff Writer

“Summer readers and learners do better in school. Critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration are important skills that every child needs to do well in school and in life. And they’re acquired not just in the classroom, but at home and through the activities children enjoy during their summer vacations and other breaks.”(more)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mississippi To Hire 50% More Literacy Coaches For 2014-2015

Education News – Nick Green

“…the state of Mississippi has decided to hire more literacy coaches for the upcoming school year in an attempt to improve its literacy and reading scores. This is an ongoing development as the result of the passing of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act by the state legislature in 2013 which will require all third graders to pass a test of literacy before being promoted to fourth grade beginning in 2014-2015.”(more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Family Engagement Matters

Education Week – Cory Curl

“Parents, families and other caregivers at home have tremendous influence on student academic achievement – particularly in reading, where the U.S. has made so little improvement over the last decades.”(more)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Summer Conundrum: How to Keep the Learning Going

The Huffington Post – Barbara Levy

“Every year as we turn the corner into summer, I am bombarded with questions from my parents about education and how to keep the brain momentum throughout the summer. Here are my top 10 most asked questions.”(more)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Implementing the Common Core with Struggling Readers

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Kathleen Porter-Magee

“…the real story is how teachers and leaders…are changing their daily practice in light of the content and rigor demands of the CCSS…Out of sight but hard at work, leaders of the “No Excuses” schools are taking the adoption of the Common Core as a challenge to refocus their reading instruction in ways that will help their students make greater gains in reading and writing than they have historically been able to do.”(more)