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Friday, April 4, 2014

Foreign language pilot program for elementary students expands in Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit Journal – TORIANO PORTER

“By his own admission, being immersed in multiple languages has meant a world of difference to Emmanuel Ngomsi, chief executive of World Link 360…world-wide studies continue to show that being immersed in a different language brings out the best in a child’s learning development. “Kids that learn a second language score even higher in math, in logic tests and are also proficient in problem-solving skills,” he said.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Primary school tests to be toughened, says minister

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Assessments for pupils when they start primary school and tougher tests when they leave are part of a new package of measures to monitor school performance. Ministers says the new tests, to be introduced in 2016, will ensure higher standards…”(more)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wake expanding language immersion programs

NewsObserver.com – T. KEUNG HUI, SARAH BARR AND MECHELLE HANKERSON

“Two Wake County elementary schools are getting new foreign language immersion programs this fall…“The demand for bilingual employees throughout the world is increasing,” Beth Cochran, Wake’s senior director of magnet and curriculum enhancement programs, told school board members last week. “Throughout the world, knowing more than one language has become the norm rather than the exception.””(more)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

John Sharp: Education is key to a bright future for Texas

The Star-Telegram – Anna M. Tinsley

“The future of this state can be predicted just by peeking into an elementary school classroom.”(more)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds

The Washington Post – Lyndsey Layton

At a time when teacher evaluations and school performance are increasingly judged by student test scores, many educators may feel that limited classroom time is better spent on academics and not “softer” social skills, Rimm-Kaufman said. The study shows that teaching social skills in the elementary years can translate into higher test scores, she said.”(more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Elementary School Artists

Scholastic.com – Staff Writer

Does your 8 year old play as freely as she did when she was younger? Your child’s natural creative expression may give way to a broader focus on homework, sports, friends, and clubs like scouting as she gets older. If you want to keep your child engaged in imagination, creativity, and the arts, here are some suggestions:”(more)

Elementary Students Becoming Immersed In Mandarin

KJZZ – Stina Sieg

“Around the world, it’s typical for children to learn a foreign language at a young age. We’re talking grade school. Then there’s the United States, where most students wait until high school. And that lag makes it hard to become proficient. But things are different at a public elementary school in Anthem, where students are immersed in the most widely spoken language in the world.”(more)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

One Topic Often Left Out of Discussions About Education: Fun

The Huffington Post – Karin Chenoweth

“Last week, I wrote about Wade Carpenter Middle School in Nogales, Ariz., and how its improvement over the past decade holds lessons for all of us. I talked about the role expectations, focus and expertise played in turning the school around.”(more)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Switching schools before Grade 3 affects academics, study finds

The Star – Kristin Rushowy

“Children who switch schools somewhere between kindergarten and Grade 3 don’t do as well on Ontario’s standardized tests, a study of the province’s own data shows.”(more)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friends at the lunch table: teaching kids empathy at school

The Christian Science Monitor – Sandra Hinderliter

“Loneliness in the lunch line at school can be scary for a young child, but one elementary school in Bridport, Vt., taught kids empathy through a system that made sure kids sit with different peers every day.”(more)