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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Want to make your brain work a little faster…? Learn a second language!

The Raw Food World – Heather Suhr

“(TRFW News) Learning a foreign language is not the easiest thing to accomplish, however, there are many benefits to gain when you do. Learning a second language can be rewarding because you learn more about the other culture and opens doors to many valuable experiences.” (more)

Poor careers advice failing to address STEM skills ‘crisis’

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

” While enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths, remains high among school pupils, lack of careers guidance means few young people continue into industry.” (more)

5 ways to make progress with student data

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Transparency is one of the first, and most important, steps in ensuring that conversations about student data use–and keeping that data secure and private–remain open and productive..” (more)

New graduation standards are daunting

UT San Diego – Maureen Magee

“SAN DIEGO — More than 40 percent of San Diego Unified’s high school students are at risk of failing courses needed to graduate in 2016 under new standards designed to make sure college-prep classes are offered equitably — at every campus regardless of ZIP code, income and ethnicity.” (more)

Apple hops on board Obama program to wire up schools

Reuters – Staff Writer

“Oct 27 (Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to dole out $100 million in grants to U.S. schools as part of the Obama administration’s “ConnectED” program, targeting those that lack access to education technology and reliable broadband Internet.” (more)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Why not give all kids a head start on Spanish?

The Dallas News – Mary Amanda Stewart

“There’s a new trend in preschool education: English-speaking families are choosing Spanish immersion for their children.” (more)

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s likely your pediatrician will ask during your child’s next well visit how much reading takes place at home.” (more)

High Quality Early Childhood Education Primes Children For Family Income Decline

Medical Daily – Shweta Iyer

“There has been an established relationship between the financial status and the development of children in a family. While it is known that a sudden drop in income adversely impacts children’s behavior, a new study shows that those receiving high quality early childhood education and care centers are better buffered to handle such circumstances than those who did not get such education.” (more)

Parents feel ‘unequipped’ to help children with maths

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

” Speaking to the Telegraph, Carol Vorderman says more should be done to help parents, because if pupils are on the maths “scrapheap” by the age of 11, ‘they will remain there.'” (more)

Poor John Deasy. Like us, he liked new toys too much

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“John Deasy was an impressive superintendent of the Prince George’s County schools when I knew him six years ago. He cared about kids. He had good ideas. He worked very hard. That got him one of the biggest jobs in education, superintendent of the Los Angeles schools in 2011. He made some improvements, including a rise in the level of challenge and achievement in those schools, but he lost touch with his school board — a common occurrence — and had to quit this month.” (more)