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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)

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)