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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Making families and communities stronger

Tyler Star News – Staff Writer

“There are five protective factors that are linked to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. These protective factors are conditions in families and communities that increase the health and well-being of our children and families. These factors also serve as buffers against child maltreatment.”(more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The importance of dual language immersion programs

Voxxi- John Benson

“The reason why bilingual education programs produce higher-achieving students has to do with cognitive benefits such as enhanced understanding of mathematics, creativity and selective retention.”(more)

Cooking and Learning Spanish with Kids: A Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe!

Babble – Mari Hernandez-Tuten

“Cooking with my kids gives our familia so many opportunities to connect, and for some reason, they are much more motivated to eat what they’ve made themselves! As of late, I’ve decided to take advantage of our cooking time by making it educational and adding a bilingual component to it which helps build positive and practical associations with Spanish.”(more)

Infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’ due to iPad addiction

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks such as using building blocks because of overexposure to iPads.”(more)

Beyond the Maker Movement: How the ChangeMakers Are the Future of Education

Singularity Hub – Libby Falk

“In Silicon Valley, there’s a lot of talk about The Maker Movement. After all, over 195,000 people attended Maker Faire events around the world last year alone. Makers are tech-savvy tinkerers. They build robots, program light installations and hack everything from code to IKEA furniture. From Boston to Beirut, community-based makerspaces are popping up in libraries, schools, shipping containers and buses as part of a revolution that has people returning to their workshops and building with their hands.”(more)

Parents hold a key to kids’ success in education: Opinion

NJ.com – Larry D. Bernstein

“In many households, homework time can be a battle. A child is not interested in doing work after his school day. The parent simply wants the work done to know that the child is handling his responsibilities and learning.”(more)

Meeting the STEM challenge in K-12 education

Progress Index – Krishan M. Agrawal, Ph.D

“STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a relatively new education option; it combines the existing curriculum with current technological advances and research in science and engineering. Record shows that such a combination increases the employment opportunities available to an otherwise “average” student to the level of an “above average” student’s.”(more)

Families have less time together, teachers warn

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Family life is under growing strain as parents have to put work before their children, a survey of teachers finds.”(more)

Some High School Students Skip Lunch for More Class Time

The U.S. News – Alexandra Pannoni

“At least a handful of school districts around the country allow students to skip lunch to take a class for credit. Relatively few students in District 219 take advantage of the option.”(more)

FCAT testing taxes school districts

The Pensacola News Journal – Michael Scott Davidson

“No. 2 pencils and printed test packets are disappearing as standardized testing in Florida finishes segueing into computer-based testing.”(more)