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Baby and toddler storytime can create a lifetime love of reading

Ed Source – Ashley Hopkinson

“During the summer, dozens of libraries across California offer free programs for parents who want fun and engaging activities that promote early reading skills, such as open-ended creative playtime with blocks or puzzles. Though infants and toddlers are not subject to a loss of learning momentum that summer sometimes brings for older students, literacy experts say summer is an important period for children birth to age 5 to develop new vocabulary words and sounds.” (more)

Math with good posture means better scores

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“If you’ve ever felt like a deer in the headlights before taking a math test or speaking before a large group of people, you could benefit from a simple change in posture. As part of a new study by researchers at San Francisco State University, 125 college students were tested to see how well they could perform simple math — subtracting 7 from 843 sequentially for 15 seconds — while either slumped over or sitting up straight with shoulders back and relaxed. Fifty-six percent of the students reported finding it easier to perform the math in the upright position.” (more)

Will Every State Offer Special Recognition for Its Bilingual Graduates?

Education Week – Corey Mitchell

“Since the seal of biliteracy was introduced in California earlier this decade, its popularity has surged across the country, with nearly every state scrambling to offer special recognition for high school graduates who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages. Just six years later, students in 43 states and the District of Columbia can earn statewide or district-level recognition noting their skills in more than one language. Heading into the 2018-19 school year, just six mostly rural states with small populations of English-learnersmdash;Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming—have yet to be swept up in the movement.” (more)

Only One Fourth-Grader at a California School Can Read at Grade Level. A New Lawsuit Claims the State Is Violating Students’ ‘Constitutional Right to Literacy’

The 74 Million – Esmeralda Fabián Romero

“Is a school in California where only one fourth-grader is able to read at grade level violating students’ constitutional guarantee to a basic education? A new lawsuit could get the green light within days to move forward with this claim, that the state’s Department of Education is depriving low-income students of equal access to learning to read and write. The suit claims to be the first in the United States to seek recognition of the constitutional right to literacy.” (more)

California must continue to lead in closing the bilingual skills gap

Ed Source – David Bong

“High school seniors in nearly three dozen states walked across the graduation stage last month to receive a diploma with a unique distinction that signifies they are even better positioned for success: a Seal of Biliteracy. That’s because in today’s global economy and multicultural society, the skill of being bilingual is becoming increasingly valuable in the eyes of colleges and employers. In fact, a recent study from the New American Economy showed that demand for bilingual workers more than doubled between 2010 and 2015.” (more)