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Monday, September 15, 2014

Math Skills In Childhood Can Permanently Affect Brain Formation Later In Life

Medical Daily – Dana Dovey

“Not good at math? Don’t worry. According to a recent study, it’s more of a reflection of your childhood memory skills than of your overall intelligence. Researchers looked at the brains of children as they completed math equations and saw the memory section is increasingly used more than counting sections as a child ages. Unfortunately, failure to memorize math when young could affect your brain’s development and leave you forever counting your fingers and toes.” (more)

Sir Richard Branson: Want to be an entrepreneur? Start at primary school

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“Soft skills such as grit, determination and resilience are often cited as key benefits of studying entrepreneurship from a young age, skills that are also regularly cited as missing in school leavers by employers.” (more)

Education Officials Flunk Statistics 101

The Wall Street Journal – Harold O. Levy

“As students return to school this fall, some basic math may come as a surprise: The data that officials employ to judge students and schools is misunderstood, ignored and or misused, particularly when measuring the performance of low-income students.” (more)

Mindfulness helps adults overcome childhood adversity

Medical Xpress – Staff Writer

“With significant implications for early childhood education, new research reveals that a mindful disposition is associated with alleviating lasting physical and emotional effects of childhood adversity. A team of scientists from Temple University, UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), Child Trends, and the Rockefeller University conducted the groundbreaking study—the first to examine relationships between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and adult health.” (more)

Project-based learning moves into classrooms

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“When it comes to classrooms today, students want more than the lectures and quiet classrooms of the past. They want technology to use as learning tools, they want to collaborate, and they want to work on projects that are relevant to their learning and the real world.” (more)

6 ways to improve dropout prevention efforts

E-School News – Bob Darby

“Educators have reason to celebrate when it comes to dropout prevention. In 2014, the latest National Center for Education Statistics data showed that the U.S. high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 80 percent and is on target to reach 90 percent by 2020.” (more)

HR Report: College Degrees Worth $24K More in Yearly Salary

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“According to a report from human resources service provider TriNet, higher education could help prospective employees find higher paying jobs and lower the chances of becoming unemployed.” (more)

Unvaccinated Children Cause of Measles, Pertussis Outbreaks in LA

Education News – Grace Smith

“In top California schools from Malibu to Beverly Hills, in the neighborhoods of many wealthy and highly-educated families, parents are increasingly opting out of standard vaccination schedules. Illnesses like pertussis (whooping cough) could break out in Los Angeles like a wildfire, says Gary Baum of The Hollywood Reporter.” (more)

K-12 Leaders & Laggards Circa 2014: How the States Are Doing

Education Next – Fredrick Hess

“Leaders & Laggards grades each state on how it’s doing in 11 areas, using an A to F scale. The 11 graded areas include performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, NAEP performance for low-income and minority students, return on investment, postsecondary and workforce readiness, “truth in advertising,” the teacher workforce, return on investment, and parental options, among others.” (more)

Never Diet Without a Bathroom Scale and Mirror: The Case for Combining Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core

Education Next – Thomas J. Kane

“Given the nature of the job, school superintendents are master jugglers. Even so, implementing new teacher evaluation systems has been a massive challenge for many of them, because of the demands such a system places on principals, the strain it exerts on labor relations, the inherent difficulty of creating a new vocabulary to describe effective teaching, etc.” (more)