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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy

The Huffington Post – Richard Weissbourd

“October was National Bullying Prevention Month. For many schools and programs, this signifies a time to amp up anti-bullying messages…For many parents, it’s a time to remind children that bullying is not OK…But we seem to be missing something here…One powerful way of changing social norms is by building empathy — at home and in school.”(more)

Every Child Has the Right to an Education

Global Partnership for Education – Jo Bourne

“For those of us committed to children’s education, today is a day for celebration – Universal Children’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Many of us at UNICEF have marked the day by taking a look back and asking, “Is the world a better place for children than it was 25 years ago?” When it comes to education, it is fair to say, “Yes, for many children it is.””(more)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Children’s mental health is getting worse, says charity

The Yorkshire Post – Staff Writer

“NINE OUT of 10 frontline professionals say children’s mental health has become worse or remained persistently bleak over the past year, a charity claims today…the charity says it is concerned pressures faced by parents, among them job loss and debt, are having a detrimental impact on families…”(more)

Parents Most Concerned About Kids’ Social Media Activity

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new survey suggests that of all the things that kids do while online, parents are most concerned about their children’s social media activity. According to the study, social media was the only online activity about which parents felt the negative aspects outweighed the benefits.”(more)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Early Childhood Education That Focuses On Executive Function Improves Later School Performance

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Science is beginning to show more than ever that a child’s performance in school is largely dependent by how much they know prior to beginning kindergarten. According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds score 60 percent lower in cognitive tests than kids with richer parents. When it comes to math scores, poor black kids score an average of 21 percent lower than whites, while Hispanics score 19 percent lower. Pre-K and kindergarten classes are meant to balance these disparities, but curriculums and resources often vary between poorer and richer schools.” (more)

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.” (more)

Save rote memorization. Save rote memorization. Save rote memorization

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“That urge lives on. The great motives for memorization — music and stories — are as robust as ever. Far more young people are running around with wires carrying songs to their ears than ever before. The constant repetition can implant both tunes and lyrics forever.” (more)

Poor kids get less learning time in schools than wealthy — study

The San Francisco Chronicle – Jill Tucker

“Poor kids in California might spend the same amount of time in school as their wealthier peers, but they spend a lot less time actually learning, according to a UCLA report released Tuesday.” (more)

4 ways to create a successful hybrid school

E-School News – Heather Hiebsch

“Six years ago, our district created the PSD Global Academy, and I was hired to launch the school. Our charge was to provide students with online learning opportunities. We partnered with personalized learning solutions provider Aventa Learning – now Fuel Education (FuelEd) – and started by serving a few high school students, primarily targeting dropout prevention and recovery.” (more)

Report: Teacher Education Programs Easy A’s, Not Much Real Prep

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new study from the National Council on Teacher Quality suggests that college teacher preparation programs are not sufficiently preparing education school students for real-world classrooms.” (more)