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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Americans should strive to learn a second language

Collegian Central – Kathleen Keaveny

“Learning a foreign language is not the easiest task to accomplish, but there are multiple benefits in doing so…Here are four reasons to do so:” (more)

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character

The Huffington Post – Alicia Chang

“Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks…But beyond getting a high-paying tech job, what else is STEM good for? The answers might surprise you.” (more)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Future Success Can Be Taught

The Huffington Post – Lydia Dobyns

“…students participating in educational opportunities that demand critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem solving skills graduate on time and thrive in four-year colleges.” (more)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reading Is About More Than ‘Evidence’

Education Week – Mia Hood

“If we want to prepare students for college and career, let’s teach them the full range of reading required of us in college and career…Let’s teach them not only to use text as evidence to support claims, but also to let the text move, teach, frustrate, confuse, and compel them.” (more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Teaching Students, Not Subjects: Why We Need a Deeper Learning Approach

The Huffington Post – Sean McComb

“Everything we know about what it takes to succeed in today’s economy and society suggests that our nation needs more individuals with nimble minds capable of creative, innovative thinking, and who have the perseverance to take on — and learn from — challenges…An educational approach known as deeper learning does that.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Michael Rosen: Why curiosity is the key to life

The Guardian – Sabine Durrant

“Growing up, Michael Rosen’s mum and dad taught him to ask questions, to explore ideas and to learn about everything. He says parents can be their children’s best teachers – through the stuff of daily living, not lists of dry facts.” (more)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pupils begin ‘tough’ new national curriculum

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Millions of children in England will begin a “tough” new national curriculum when they return to school this week.” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

WRITE TEAM: Know more than one language? Good

The Times – Chris Connelly

“There are many benefits to being multilingual. You are more valuable to employers…Studies show studying a foreign language improves students’ listening skills, memory, attention span, critical thinking and promotes creativity. A multilingual mind is quicker, can better resolve conflicts and is more resistant to the onset of dementia.” (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Deeper Learning: A Common Denominator for STEM Initiatives

Re/code – Tom Joseph

“If our nation is to stay on the leading edge of the global economy, the single greatest determining factor will be how quickly and effectively we close this skilled workforce gap. Business and civic leaders rightly look to education for solutions…This is why an increasing number of industry leaders are paying attention to a highly promising approach called Deeper Learning.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

The Huffington Post – Christine Henseler

“When you think “jobs,” do you think “arts and humanities”? No? Well, maybe you should. You see, as the world gets bigger and the world’s problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the arts and humanities provide just that.” (more)