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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn’t

Education Week – Scott J. Peters, Scott Barry Kaufman, Michael S. Matthews, Matthew T. McBee, D. Betsy McCoach

“The time has come to create K-12 models that consider how to properly challenge all students who—at any point in time—are ready for more advanced curricula; not just those we deem “gifted”…”(more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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)

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)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EDITORIAL: Early childhood education best boost for literacy

The Chronicle Herald – Editorial

“Preparing children for school is not just the role of society. Parents, too, have a responsibility to read to their preschoolers to foster a lifelong love of books and learning. Even though parents are busy earning their livings, they can find a few minutes each day to read to children.”(more)

More Than Half of Students ‘Engaged’ in School, Says Poll

Education Week – Evie Blad

“Students who have teachers who make them “feel excited about the future” and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup Education.”(more)

Friday, April 11, 2014

USDA Bans Junk Food From Schools, But 100% Fruit Juice And Low-Quality Vegetables Won’t Make Kids Healthier

Medical Daily – Chris Weller

“Beginning July 1, 2014, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, schools will no longer be allowed to sell unhealthy junk food in their cafeterias, vending machines, student stores, or at bake sale fundraisers. Schools must replace these unhealthy items with a number of nutritious options…”(more)

‘Grunting’ teens need school help, says head teacher

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Schools should do more to ensure teenagers are not “grunting and monosyllabic” so they can succeed in life, a former aide to Tony Blair says.”(more)

Maryland Commissions Study on Students’ Sleep Needs

Education News – Grace Smith

“A study has been commissioned by the Maryland legislature to investigate the sleep needs of teens and the effects of changing school schedules to accommodate sleepy students…”(more)

This Toxic Standards Fight Isn’t Helping Students

Education Week – Kevin P. Chavous

“Parents and children nationwide are in dire need of high-quality education opportunities…That’s why choice matters…Even as education reformers debate the debate, choice provides an immediate and positive solution. While the adults around the country continue to bicker about the standards, who’s looking out for the children teetering on the brink of dropping out of school?”(more)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

U.S. education needs competition between schools

The News-Press – Cal Thomas

“Choice and competition work in business, politics and virtually every other area of life, but not in the monopolistic public education monstrosity where the lack of same limit educational achievement for many and often rob children of a brighter future.”(more)