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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)

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)

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)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Districts should make early learning a priority in their local accountability plans

Ed Source – Ted Lempert and Mark Friedman

“The achievement gap is a term used so regularly in the education world that its realities can sometimes lose their significance. But according to new research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the gap is still very much here in California, resulting in sizable disparities between African American and Latino children and their white and Asian peers.”(more)

Fixing Education Is Child’s Play

Forbes – Emily Gustafsson-Wright

“The LEGO Foundation, I learned after reading their literature and meeting with CEO Randa Grob-Zakhary, “is dedicated to inspiring and developing the builders of tomorrow.” The foundation is not your typical foundation which pays for neighborhood playgrounds and donates cash to schools that send pictures of smiling kids. Instead, it is interested in funding projects that implement systemic change.”(more)

Why Businesses Should See Early Childhood Development as a Smart Investment

Brookings – Emily Gustafsson-Wright

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, both job-specific skills and “soft skills” such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, are fundamental. Research shows that the development of these skills begins during the first few years of childhood.”(more)