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Sunday, September 21, 2014

6 characteristics of 5 successful Milwaukee schools

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“The five schools have a range of approaches on how and what to teach. With such differences among them, the team, including four University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee education professors and a retired suburban principal, wanted to find out what the schools have in common that underlies their success.” (more)

Guest: What early research can teach us about the merits of pre-K

The Seattle Times – Dale C. Farran

“As cities like Seattle consider substantially expanding their public preschool programs, officials have turned to scientific research to help steer the decision-making process. But it’s important to remember that evidence for positive effects of pre-kindergarten comes primarily from studies of preschools that may not be very applicable to large-scale programs today.” (more)

Young children benefit from foreign language study (Video)

WBAL TV – Megan Pringle

“A growing number of parents are enrolling their young children in classes like Spanish and Mandarin Chinese because studies show it can boost a child’s brain function.” (more)

California’s high school exit exam pass rate stable at 95.5%

The Mercury News – Sharon Noguchi

“The percentage of California seniors who have passed the high school exit exam remained stable this year at 95.5 percent, keeping the rate at a record high.” (more)

7 resources for student collaboration

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Collaboration is increasingly emerging as one of today’s top skills. Part of the 4Cs, it is needed in K-12 classrooms, in higher education, and in the workforce. Students who leverage technology to build collaboration skills are building strong college- and career-ready skills.” (more)

Spending cuts to education and nutrition will hurt kids

CNN – Jeanne Sahadi

“While the debate over Common Core continues to bubble across Louisiana, the new approach to education already is part of the daily routine in Tonya Aaron’s kindergarten class at Bains Lower Elementary School.” (more)

Debate aside, Core a reality in classrooms

The Advocate – Will Sentell

“While the debate over Common Core continues to bubble across Louisiana, the new approach to education already is part of the daily routine in Tonya Aaron’s kindergarten class at Bains Lower Elementary School.” (more)

Trouble can start for schoolkids after classes end

The San Francisco Chronicle – Aerin Curtis

“It’s the same story for juvenile school students. Unsupervised after-school hours can lead to a number of problems, including criminal activity.” (more)

Project aimed at tackling truancy gets underway next week

The Las Vegas Sun – Brian Nordli

“The Truancy Diversion Project is designed to decrease that number through a non-punitive, incentive-based approach to keeping at-risk kids in school. The collaborative effort between the Clark County School District and Clark County Family Court kicks off Monday with a meeting for judges, who participate on a volunteer basis.” (more)

Ofsted: too many teachers ‘accepting low-level disruption’

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Ofsted warn that large numbers of pupils are being allowed to disrupt lessons by making silly comments and swinging on chairs, with few sanctions from head teachers.” (more)