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Saturday, July 26, 2014

International Space Station and National Geographic Learning Team Up for Science Education

SpaceRef – Press Release

” The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and National Geographic Learning (NGL) today announced a partnership in the development of a science education initiative designed to engage young learners in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Four Lessons From Early Education

Education Week – Joan Wasser Gish

“Many in K-12 schooling want change and are scouring the learning landscape for thoughtful guidance. They might be surprised to find important lessons from an unexpected source: early-childhood education.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Early education should be integral part of elementary schools, foundation says

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“Preschool programs should be integral parts of elementary schools with comparable funding levels and school hours; child-care professionals should be trained as teachers, not babysitters; and state data systems should include information about early education, according to a blueprint for speeding up improvements in early education.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STEM Jobs Pay Well But Take Twice As Long To Fill

Fox & Hounds – Courtney M. Fowler

“STEM jobs hold the promise of consistently low unemployment rates and high salaries, yet finding people skilled enough to fill vacancies has been increasingly difficult in recent years…interest in STEM fields must be supported not only in higher education, but all the way through elementary schooling.” (more)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Don’t blame poor children for their poor education – give them good schools

The Guardian – Deborah Orr

“A new report says white working-class children are failing at school, and suggests their attitudes and lack of aspiration are the cause. This sounds like victim blaming to me.” (more)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

‘Lego Down’ HPU Hosts LEGO Day for Montlieu Academy

High Point University – Staff Writer

“More than 100 second-grade students from Montlieu Academy of Technology learned through LEGOs at High Point University this week. The second-graders took part in a LEGO Showcase, constructing catapults, creating simple machines, configuring robotic animals and recreating natural habitats and life cycles with LEGOs to enhance their understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”(more)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mississippi To Hire 50% More Literacy Coaches For 2014-2015

Education News – Nick Green

“…the state of Mississippi has decided to hire more literacy coaches for the upcoming school year in an attempt to improve its literacy and reading scores. This is an ongoing development as the result of the passing of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act by the state legislature in 2013 which will require all third graders to pass a test of literacy before being promoted to fourth grade beginning in 2014-2015.”(more)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Snacking Quality Appears To Decline As Kids Age

redOrbit – David Orenstein

“Elementary school-age kids in a new study tended to eat snacks that enhanced diet quality but older children ate snacks that detracted from diet quality…rather than despairing, parents, educators and other care providers can make use of the findings…”(more)

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)