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Help your kid graduate college debt-free

USA Today – Devon Delfino

“Today, most parents are saving money for their children’s college education – 72% of them, according to a study by Fidelity Investments. But some 68% of students still graduate school with student loan debt, at an average of $30,000. Here are three ways you can elevate your savings strategy to help your kid graduate without debt.”(more)

The Best Time to Start Saving for Your Child’s College Education

Kiplinger – Scott Vance

“Imagine dropping your kid off at college for the first time. It’s bound to be an emotional day for everyone—just ask any parent who has already done it. Now imagine that same day, and add worrying about whether you can afford all the costs that come with higher education.”(more)

With US dramatically behind in language fluency, should colleges fill the gap?

Education Dive – Jarrett Carter

“A new study from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) finds the United States trailing other developed nations throughout the world in the number of citizens with fluency in multiple languages. Of the 20% of American citizens who can speak at least two languages, only half can speak both at advanced levels, and more than 50% of those speakers are foreign-born. The study is a preliminary report for a February 2017 release that will examine ways the United States can incorporate more foreign language exposure to support national imperatives in business and cultural competency. Some observers expect colleges and universities to play a major role in developing these areas, despite the dwindling lack of resources and opportunities for students to study foreign language in primary and secondary schools.”(more)

Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond

NPR – Yasmeen Khan

“We know a lot more about children with autism spectrum disorders than we did just a decade ago, but nationwide students with autism are enrolling in college in relatively low numbers. Colin, now a senior at Millennium Brooklyn High School, has been part of a program in the New York City schools aiming to change that. It’s called ASD Nest (ASD refers to students with autism spectrum disorder) and he’s been with it his entire school career. A key underlying philosophy of the program is that education — the classroom — provides the most effective treatment for autism. The program, run jointly by the city’s Department of Education and NYU Nest Support Project, places students with autism who are capable of doing grade-level work in classrooms with their non-disabled peers.”(more)

4 Steps to Funding an Education

Kiplinger – Jan Blakeley Holman, CFP

“As Americans, we have the freedom to explore opportunities and pursue our goals; the sky is the limit. Our belief in endless possibilities is particularly true when it comes to educating our children. Every generation wants to provide their kids with more years of school and a higher-quality education than they received. That’s because we believe that a good education is necessary for a better life. In fact, on average, a college degree will result in higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an individual with a bachelor’s degree or higher is typically expected to earn 67.7% more than an individual with only a high school degree.”(more)

“Shark Tank” in the Classroom

The Huffington Post – John M. Eger

“The formula seems simple. It’s having a class -divided into groups-brainstorm the best way, indeed all the ways, to tackle Innovations in new media including apps for the smart phone etc. Shark Tank in the classroom is the brainchild of Dr. Noah Arceneaux who has been teaching a course on “Creative Uses of Emerging Media” for a number of years but decided to have the students explore ideas for new innovations; and then, after a period on research, interviews and contemplation, have them present their business plans in writing and defend them orally where the best will be chosen.”(more)