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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“In June, the AAP issued a new recommendations on early literacy that emphasized “reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships”…And now the AAP has more information for parents…” (more)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deborah Meaden: lessons in entrepreneurship have to start early at school

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

” Lessons in entrepreneurship need to be embedded in the curriculum from an early age so school pupils believe becoming an entrepreneur is an option, the star of BBC’s Dragon’s Den has said.” (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Most Miss. kindergarten students lag, scores show

The Clarion-Ledger – Jeff Amy

“A first-ever look at whether Mississippi’s kindergarten students are ready to learn to read shows that two-thirds are not.” (more)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Six key competencies for effective Pre-K-3 principals

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Providing personalized learning environments and ensuring developmentally-appropriate teaching are just two of six competencies principals need to support teaching and learning during the transition from birth and preschool to grades K-3.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Early Childhood Education Boosts Lifetime Achievement, Paper Finds

The Wall Street Journal – PEDRO NICOLACI DA COSTA

“Investments in early childhood education can pay for themselves because they substantially boost students’ chances of educational and economic achievement over the course of their lives…“The benefits of even a moderately effective early childhood education program are likely to be substantial enough to offset the costs of program expansion,” the authors say.” (more)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Bare Walls Theory: Do Too Many Classroom Decorations Harm Learning?

NBC News – Margaret Ramirez

“But a recent study has found that for young children, adopting a more subdued approach, like Baker’s, is better. The study, published May 2014 in Psychological Science, was one of the first to examine how decorations impact learning. It found that when kindergartners were taught in a highly decorated classroom, they were more distracted and scored lower on tests than when they were taught in a room with bare walls.” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

UNESCO Report: Universal Primary Education a Long Way Off

Education News – Grace Smith

“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), states in a new report that in order to get every child in an elementary school classroom by 2015, 4 million more teachers will be needed…At this time, there are 58 million children of primary school age worldwide who are not in classrooms.” (more)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Early childhood education: Investing in our children and our national security

The Hill – U.S. Army Gen. Hugh Shelton (ret.)

“The correlation between education and national security is often overlooked, not only members of the public, but by our policymakers. That is why I, along with 450 other retired admirals and generals, am a member of a group called Mission Readiness. Mission Readiness was launched in 2009 to inform policymakers that the decisions they make about our children’s education today will have repercussions for our national security well into the future.” (more)

Fostering an Early Love of STEM Through The Power of Storytelling

The Huffington Post – Jeremy Scheinberg and Chris Harden

“It’s no secret that the U.S. is at a crossroads when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The U.S. is losing its lead in both research and development and creation of new science and engineering graduates. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, in 2008, 31 percent of U.S. bachelor degrees were issued in science and engineering fields, compared with 61 percent in Japan and 51 percent in China. To create more scientists and engineers, it is essential to create an early love for science and there is no better way to encourage that love than to capture that early curiosity with play.” (more)

Monday, October 6, 2014

The key to PreK-2 blended learning success

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Implementing blended learning in the earliest grades can have an incredibly positive impact on young students if educators follow a “transitional” blended learning model that focuses on active and intentional technology use.” (more)