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Meet Elias, trilingual at 3

The Sector – Sarah Maguire

“Fifty years’ worth of international research has consistently shown the vast benefits for children of early language learning, across cognitive, neural, visual-spatial, conceptual, social and personal development, says Macquarie Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies and staunch advocate for language learning, Dr Robyn Moloney. It develops divergent thinking – the idea that if there’s more than one way to talk, there must therefore be more than one way of doing many things, which translates into increased problem-solving skills. (more)

Eddy & Joseph: There Are Many Roads to a Good Career. Parents Must Keep an Open Mind to Help Their Kids Find the Right Path

The 74 Million – Jean Eddy and Jackney Prioly Joseph

“For many students and their families, conversations about life after high school are stressful. College is what many of us want for our children, but the cost of attending is daunting, if not prohibitive. It’s fair to wonder whether it’s the right next step, particularly when students don’t know what they want to study or how they’ll turn their degree into a stable career that enables them to pay back debt and get ahead.” (more)

Why Competency-Based Education Is Exciting And Where It May Stumble

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Educators all over the world are thinking creatively about ways to transform the traditional education system into an experience that will propel students forward into the world ready to take on its complex challenges. Competency-based education has piqued the interest of many communities because of its promise to make learning a more personal experience for students. In a competency-based model, children move through school based on their ability to demonstrate proficiency in skills and content, not by how many hours they spent sitting in class.” (more)

Bringing the Science of Learning Into Classrooms

Edutopia – Heather Riley and Youki Terada

“Contrary to the long-held belief that brain maturation is largely complete by the age of 6, we now know that our brains are malleable and continue to change dramatically well into our 20s. This has profound implications for learning throughout the school-age years. Because our neural tissues change in response to our environment, our experiences, and our relationships, a young child who faces persistent adversity at home, for example, will frequently retreat into “fight or flight” mode to protect themselves from violence or abuse. Over time, the brain’s circuitry rewires, favoring aggressive or anxious tendencies at the cost of cognition, reasoning, and memory. These children are also more likely to be placed in special education programs, be held back a grade, and have behavioral issues at school, according to recent research.” (more)

4 Surprising Benefits of Gaming for K–12 Students

Ed Tech Magazine – Calvin Hennick

“Historically, many adults have derided video games as a waste of time at best, and actively destructive at worst. But research shows there may be benefits to conquering virtual bad guys and dunking on on-screen friends. When Saddleback Valley Unified School District in California introduced esports to their program, administrators saw an increase in teamwork and engagement from participating students.” (more)

10 years later, goal of getting more Americans through college is way behind schedule

The Hechinger Report – Jon Marcus

“When then-President Barack Obama stood before a friendly and enthusiastic crowd at Macomb Community College, near Detroit, 10 years ago this year, the goals he set out were — as the president himself said — historic. Within a decade, he said on that day in 2009, community colleges like Macomb would collectively boost their number of graduates by five million. That would help return the United States to first in the world in the proportion of its population with the credentials needed to sustain an economy increasingly dependent on highly educated workers.” (more)