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Monday, August 18, 2014

Start early with STEM education

The Olympian – Michael Cade

“As an economic development professional, I know that today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce and they need to be prepared for the global economy we now live in. Our children need to master an education that readies them to compete with their peers from around the world.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Study: Babies’ brains practice language use

The Yakima Herald – Meeri Kim

“Researchers at the University of Washington are a step closer to unraveling the mystery of how babies learn how to speak. They had a group of 7- and 11-month old infants listen to a series of syllables while sitting in a brain scanner. Not only did the auditory areas of their brains light up as expected but so did a region crucial to forming higher-level speech, called Broca’s area.” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Math concepts + teamwork = big gains at struggling Renton school

The Seattle Times – Linda Shaw

“Math achievement is rising fast at Lakeridge Elementary School in the Renton School District, where teachers build students’ understanding of concepts as well as their skills.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kindergarten catch-up program yields results in Lake Washington

The Seattle Times – Linda Shaw

“Two years ago, the Lake Washington School District started a small experiment to see if it could help struggling kindergarten students catch up with their peers.” (more)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Is preschool effective? Some good signs for incoming class of 2028

The Seattle Times – Linda Shaw

“For the 9,800 children in Washington who attended the state’s preschool program this past school year, the challenges went well beyond learning to count and identify letters.” (more)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Washington Students Appeal For More Aid, Lower Tuition

Education News – Grace Smith

“…you may not have noticed that during the recession, many colleges and universities had their state funding cut by up to 50%…A group of University of Washington (UW) students would like to go back to the days when a student could actually afford to work his way through college…”(more)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Washington first state to lose waiver from No Child law

The Seattle Times – John Higgins

“Washington has become the first state in the country to lose its waiver from many requirements of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.”(more)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Prof tackles tech distractions one student at a time

USA Today – Marco della Cava

“A college course that starts with 15 minutes of doing absolutely nothing would seem like stiff competition for Basket Weaving 101 as a credit filler.”(more)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tireless quest for more civics instruction winning backers

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Hutchins’ belief in the importance of civics is not merely a matter of personal opinion. An Education Lab blog post in February noted several national studies that suggest teaching students about representative democracy is a powerful tool for academic engagement.”(more)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Focus on STEM fields a revival for shop class

The Seattle Times – John Higgins

“Once considered a dumping ground for students not considered college material, vocational education is beginning a comeback in Seattle with career-oriented programs that combine book learning with hands-on experience.”(more)