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Friday, February 21, 2014

Computer Science Is Not a Foreign Language

The Huffington Post – Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

“Programming languages are not the same as spoken or signed languages. They are expressions of logic, similar to mathematical proofs….academics and educators in both linguistics and computer science do not recognize coding as comparable to speaking another language, which requires person-to-person interaction and understanding of another’s culture and context.”(more)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Senate Education Committee Gives Bipartisan Approval to Child Care Legislation

Education Week – Alyson Klein

“The Senate education committee today gave swift, unanimous approval to a bill that would revise the $5.2 billion Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which hasn’t gotten a makeover since 1996. When the program was first created, back in the 1990′s, it was seen primarily as a way to help parents enter the workforce, or get job training. This renewal, however, puts a greater emphasis on the quality of the child care programs children are entering.” (more)

OPINION: Learning to Code Isn’t Enough

edSurge – Shuchi Grover

“If the goal is to develop robust thinking skills while kids are being creative, collaborative, participatory and all that other good stuff, the focus of the learning needs to go beyond the tool, the syntax of a programming language and even the work products to the deeper thinking skills.” (more)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

School bullying prevention efforts falling short, state audit says

EdSource – Jane Meredith Adams

“Responding to concerns that schools should do more to stop bullying, a new state audit found that most schools do not track whether their anti-bullying programs have made campuses any safer and that schools are inconsistent in how they record and resolve bullying incidents.” (more)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Working Toward Pre-K for All

Homeroom – Roberto Rodriguez

“The President has called for three proposals to support our youngest Americans: Preschool for All, Early Head Start-Child Care Parnterships, and an expansion of the Home Visiting program…Yesterday, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services also teamed up to release a new web video that provides an easy to understand explanation of the plan.”(more)

Reforms that cross the Atlantic—and don’t

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Chester E. Finn, Jr.

“A week catching up on education challenges and reforms in England made clear that the U.S. and its “mother country” continue to track—and copy and study and refine—each other’s programs and policies, much as they have done at least since Margaret Thatcher’s and Ronald Reagan’s education teams realized how much they had in common. But the differences remain profound, too.”(more)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

STEM education and immigration reform are opposite sides of the same coin

ComputerWorld – John W. Thompson

“With increased global competition, America’s innovation and leadership position is at risk. In order to reclaim it we must address two separate but intertwined issues — science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) education programs and immigration reform.”(more)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Guide Highlights Effective Social-Emotional Programs for PreK, Beyond

Education Week – Nirvi Shah

“A new review of social and emotional learning programs for schools looked at dozens of programs for pre-K and elementary students, highlighting 23 that promote students’ self-control, relationship building, and problem solving, among other skills.”(more)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Changing the World One Robot at a Time

The Huffington Post – Jodi Gibson

“There is little dispute that U.S. students are severely lagging in science and math compared with their international counterparts. Education research further reveals that student interest is declining at a time when our nation needs more promising students to enter technical fields.” (more)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

U.S. Army reaches out to Educators and their Students

Education News – Staff Writer


“In an effort to prepare students for the jobs of the future, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) continues to support neighboring middle and high school teachers in fostering a workforce that is literate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).” (more)