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Curiosity is key to early childhood success in math and reading

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer “Curious children are better able to grasp basic math and reading. This is according to a group of researchers from the University of Michigan, led by Prachi Shah. The study in the journal Pediatric Research, which is published by Springer Nature, is the first to investigate a possible link between curiosity and early academic success among young children. In addition, the researchers found that for children from poorer communities, curiosity is even more important for higher academic achievement than for children from more well-off backgrounds, and may serve as a potential target of intervention to close the achievement gap associated with poverty.”... read more

Graphic novels zap literacy — and fun — into curriculum

Education Dive – Lauren Barack “As superheroes leap and bound across movie screens, the colorful pages these comic creations live in are making their way to less splashy spaces: classrooms. Whether in elementary schools or high schools, English classes or science, graphic novels and comics are tools that can support reading skills and even embed lessons more clearly into students’ minds.”... read more

Are High Schools Adequately Preparing Teens for College? No One Really Knows. That’s Why Today’s GreatSchools Analysis Is One of the Most Important Education Reports in Years

The 74 Million – Richard Whitmire “The most important education report you’ve seen in recent years was released today, and it has data shortcomings. Its “awards” are based on just a few qualifying states and recommendations that seem on target, but considering the limited data, who knows? While that sounded critical, it’s really a compliment. What GreatSchools attempted in its College Success Awards is an impressive venture — the first I’ve seen that takes a pure-data approach — into the iffy world of what high schools promise: We’ll make your child college-ready.”... read more

6 helpful videos for coding, STEM, and more

E-School News – Laura Ascione “Videos have many benefits in the classroom; if they’re engaging, informative, and inspiring, they can appeal to students of different learning styles. They’re also valuable tools for educators who wish to access on-demand resources for students, who want to learn more new instructional strategies, or who want to expand their professional learning.”... read more

Exclusive — 39 States Can’t Say How Well High Schools Are Preparing Teens for College; New GreatSchools Report IDs Best Schools in 9 States at Getting Grads Into Higher Ed

The 74 Million – Emmeline Zhao “Just two states publish full information on whether students from specific high schools go on to graduate from postsecondary institutions, and just 12 states gather and report data on how well those students do after they get to college. “A clear reason is that [states are] not federally mandated to publish this data,” said Samantha Brown Olivieri, chief strategy officer for GreatSchools, a nonprofit that uses research and data to inform parents about school quality and educational opportunity.”... read more

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