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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Full-day kindergarten impacts Grades 1, 2

The Star – Kristin Rushowy

“Ontario kindergarten students are so ahead in their learning that it’s prompting school boards to revisit the curriculum for subsequent grades.” (more)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Third-graders must know how to type, drop-n-drag to succeed on Smarter Balanced test

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“It turns out that to succeed on that challenging new test that Oregon students as young as third grade will take beginning this spring, students need to know how to type on a keyboard and drag and drop using a computer mouse.” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are elementary school start times too early for young children?

Floyd County Times – Staff Writer

“…the research was led by Peggy S. Keller, UK associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She found that earlier school start times were associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance, lower school rank and school under-performance.” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mandarin helps students think globally

13WMAZ – Elise Brown

“Bibb elementary students are thinking globally. It’s the third year Mandarin Chinese is being taught at Bibb Schools…Kids said taking Mandarin makes them want to learn more languages and travel around the world.” (more)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

In Early Education, ‘Half-Day’ Is Wholly Harmful

Forbes – Alex Holt

“In public policy, the words used to frame a debate shape the debate itself. In the world of early education policy, we debate the merits of “half-day” versus “full-day” pre-K and kindergarten. But these terms don’t mean what we think.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Gwinnett schools launching foreign language immersion programs

Atlanta Business Chronicle – Dave Williams

“A workforce development program run by the Georgia Department of Education is reaching down into the elementary schools to train the workers of tomorrow. Starting next week, three elementary schools in Gwinnett County will be offering dual foreign language immersion programs.” (more)

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)