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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bilingual parents: Talking to your child in your native language makes it easier for them to learn English

The Deseret News – Emily Hales

“Parents who worry that speaking their native language at home will disrupt their child’s ability to learn English have nothing to fear.” (more)

Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development

The Star – Andrea Gordon

“Here’s what kids at play have always liked to do: Race, climb, wrestle, hang, throw, balance, fence with sticks, jump from heights and gravitate toward sharp objects. Ideally, while escaping the watchful eye of grown-ups.” (more)

Breaking language and digital barriers in bilingual education

E-School – Lisa Driscoll

“Bilingual education models attempt to address the language barrier between English Language Learners (ELL) and native English-speaking students. One school has found that technology can help bridge that gap.” (more)

Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

NPR – Beth Fertig, Anya Kamenetz, and Claudio Sanchez

“Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about teacher tenure. In New York today, a group of parents and advocates, led by former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown, filed a suit challenging state laws that govern when teachers can be given tenure and how they can be fired once they have it.” (more)

Summer camp disparities widen achievement gap

The Mercury News – Sharon Noguchi

“The stark contrast between the summer activities of the Bay Area’s have and have-not children not only highlights ethnic and class differences but also distinguishes who is likely to succeed — and who may struggle in school and later in life.” (more)

The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start Even Before Kindergarten, Mother Points Out

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“In the essay, black mother Tunette Powell wrote that her two preschool-aged sons have been suspended from schools a total of eight times, and she wonders if these suspensions might be the result of unintentional biases against black students.” (more)

The Politics of Teacher Evaluation Formulas

Education Next – Chad Aldeman

“As states revamp their teacher evaluation systems, they continue to search for that magic number: the percentage of a teacher evaluation rating that should be based on student academic performance. Here’s how this has played out over the past month:.” (more)

In Many Areas, School Supplies Available for Low-Income Families

Education News – Grace Smith

“The National Retail Association reports that the average family spends about $670 on expenses related to getting back into school. Linda Ong, reporter for Missouri’s KOLR  says that many low-income families can find back-to-school expenses overwhelming.” (more)

Survey: 56% of parents grade tech at kid’s school adequate

USA Today – Jolie Lee

“About half of parents and students feel their schools are adequate technology-wise, according to a survey from the Center for the Digital Future.” (more)

Monday, July 28, 2014

If you want to be rich and powerful, majoring in STEM is a good place to start

Quartz – Jonathan Wai

“The standard narrative today is that science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education is important because we need more data scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals. But promoting STEM education is critical for another reason: it teaches creative problem solving, which is widely applicable and more necessary than ever today. STEM education is linked to success not only in STEM fields, but in many other disciplines and even among many of the world’s most wealthy and powerful people.” (more)