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Friday, April 18, 2014

What’s Wrong With STEM Education?

The Huffington Post – Vinay Trivedi

“An increasing share of jobs will require a background in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)…One major shortcoming of tech education is the demographic achievement gap…Women and minorities are under-represented in the STEM world…Another issue we face as a society is teacher quality and quantity in STEM fields…[and] we have to adapt our curricula and standards as quickly as technology evolves.”(more)

Championing International Education Priorities

Homeroom – Rebecca Miller

“This past January, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon designated the U.S. as a Champion Country of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)…This is a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. to lead by example, to spur on strategic global investments in education, technology and innovation and to help implement programs that provide youths and adults with the necessary skills to be global citizens.”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Seven things kids need to read better (and raising standards isn’t one of them)

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“As the nation begins to roll out Common Core tests, demanding that children read at high levels of complexity, when we find out that they can’t, what are we going to do about it? Assign teachers a poor rating and fire them? Shut down the schools and replace them with new ones? Or are we going to acknowledge that if our students are going to learn to read, they are first going to need the conditions in which reading can be learned? And those conditions require resources, both material and personal:”(more)

Your child is gifted

The Christian Science Monitor – Glennon Doyle Melton

“All kids are gifted and talented. Whether in the classroom, or beyond school walls, in sometimes obvious ways, or possibly in more subtle ways, every kid has something to share, waiting to be unwrapped.”(more)

Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families

Homeroom – Michael Yudin

“How a child plays, learns, speaks, moves, and behaves all offer important clues about a child’s development. A delay in any of these developmental milestones could be a sign of developmental challenges…Early intervention services…can really make a difference and enhance a child’s learning and development.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Number of STEM Jobs, Majors Growing in US

Education News – Rebecca Stimmler

“The number of high school graduates going into STEM related fields has grown since the start of the Great Recession…While there are several job openings with companies like Johnson & Johnson, Google, Mac, and Pfizer, many of these companies are looking outside of the United States for new talent…Why? Because the quality of American education in STEM subjects is lacking compared to that of other countries.”(more)

USA Science and Engineering Festival: Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Children

The Huffington Post – Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

“In today’s world, technology drives everything that we do! It has become apparent that America’s livelihood is greatly dependent on a skilled workforce capable of keeping up with this evolution of our civilization…The importance of STEM education has increasingly become the greatest concern in the education of our youth.”(more)

Measuring the ‘Value’ of Higher Education

The Huffington Post – Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

“In nearly all aspects of life, we want our time and money spent well. Same is true for those in pursuit of higher education…Students get the best bang for their dollar when a quality education is offered at an affordable price. In other words, AFFORDABLE education + QUALITY education = REAL VALUE.”(more)

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

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)