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Friday, January 30, 2015

Early Education Is Everyone’s Issue

The Huffington Post – Vanessa Cardenas

“Early education opportunities are critical to lifelong success. The first three years of childhood are a period of extraordinarily rapid brain development. Several studies have documented significant cognitive gains for children who attend Pre-K programs. Furthermore, research has shown that students who attended Pre-K and kindergarten are more likely to have higher reading and extrapolation skills by the third grade than students who did not. This is key, considering third grade tests scores are a remarkably accurate indicator of whether or not a child will go to college. Yet, while we know the importance of early education, the reality is that as a nation we are not doing enough to make sure it is available to the ones who need it the most…f we are truly committed to closing the educational achievement gap in K-12 or the income gap down the road, we must start by ensuring that our kids have access to early childhood education.”(more)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Inspiring a World of Good through Early Childhood Education in Singapore

The Huffington Post – Jackie Jenkins-Scott

“This year, Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent country. This is an occasion to reflect on its remarkable progress over the last half century from a poor, underdeveloped, resource-scarce country to an economic dynamo whose per capita income is the world’s third highest. Singapore today is well known not just as a place to do business but for its headline-grabbing education system whose students routinely dominate global tests. Despite the strong test performance at higher grades, the country’s leadership understands that to be competitive in today’s global economy, its citizens need 21st century skills like creative problem solving, critical thinking, communication ability and being able to work in diverse teams…These skills need to be developed early and a strong foundation in the early years is the way to start…Just as Singapore used its low ranking [on early childhood education] as a national call to action, the United States needs more national action and collaboration for a country wide wake-up call to strengthen the sector…The dynamic economies of the 21st Century, such as Singapore, will be those with the best-trained citizens and we would do well to heed this call and prepare our all children for success.”(more)

Why Canada Is Lagging Behind When it Comes to Child Health

The Huffington Post – Nicole Letourneau

“The Harvard Centre on the Developing Child has published at least a dozen reports outlining the extensive evidence on how unmitigated stress changes children’s brain development in ways that don’t prepare them well for today’s knowledge economy. If we wish to fight crime, poverty, disease, or any number of woes our society faces, the research tells that we must go straight for the root of these issues. And that root is found in early childhood and in supporting parents to provide the best environments for children. Children do better, families do better, and countries do better when nations invest in early childhood programs.”(more)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Speaking to the world

Olive Press – Jacqueline Fanchini

“Research shows that anyone exposed to a variety of languages at a young age – at home or school – becomes physiologically different to those who are not. The process of multi-language acquisition develops a part of the brain that may remain dormant in single-language students. This is the true value of a bilingual education. Students are encouraged to think differently. Their arguments do not come from a single position but from a range of different perspectives. It is this open-mindedness that can lead to better problem solving and analytical thinking later in a student’s education.”(more)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Early education: You’re never too young to get a start in the arts

The Irish Times – Sam Keating

“Thomas Johnston is a traditional musician and educational specialist. By day he works at St Patrick’s College, researching diversity in music education by documenting primary-school children’s experience of music in the classroom. In his spare time he works directly with an even younger demographic: infants and toddlers aged up to four. “As a musician,” says Johnston, “working with such a young age group is exciting because there is a completely natural reaction to music: they embody it through movement. But as an educator the challenge is also an exciting one. How do you enable them to engage with music in the best possible way?” Interest in early-years arts – targeting children before formal education – is growing in Ireland. As research reveals the enormous benefits to the development of children’s brains from cultural activity, and psychologists stress the importance of the first three years of life, the arts have become an integral part of early childcare.”(more)

Monday, January 26, 2015

DISD teachers: Early education is a key component to improving our schools


“This year in Dallas ISD, 3 of every 5 children didn’t start kindergarten “school ready.” As pre-K and kindergarten teachers, we see every day that kids who have attended high-quality preschool arrive with the number, letter, emotional and behavioral skills to succeed in school. Those who don’t are playing catch-up on Day 1. The effects are lasting. STAAR test results indicate that students who didn’t attend pre-K continue to perform below grade level in third grade. In our classrooms, it’s clear how critical it is for our kids and communities to build a strong foundation of early learning so that instead of focusing on catching up, we can help kids hit the ground running and strive for their maximum potential. Educators from Dallas and across the country came together in November at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual conference to discuss these and other pressing issues in early childhood education.”(more)

A pot of money for early education

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune – ART ROLNICK and MIKE MEYERS

“Selling is not only about having a good product. It’s about convincing the buyer that the price is affordable. “No money down.” “Buy now and save.” “Twenty-four easy payments (and 12 miserable ones.)” So it is with selling the concept of teaching children born to poverty when they’re ages 3 and 4. Early intervention not only improves their chances of success in elementary school, but in high school and well into adulthood. Study after study — and trial after trial — prove that early-childhood education pays off. Kids learn more and are more likely to graduate and stay out of trouble. In the short run and long run, society saves both money and sorrow. Indeed, these studies show that the annual rate of return on investing in early leaning, for our most vulnerable children, can be as high as 16 percent. These kids start life with the disadvantage of low incomes and parents who often have not finished school themselves. But experience shows that these youngsters have the ability to succeed — if they’re given the chance. The biggest hurdle: finding the money to pay for schooling for at-risk children years before they see the inside of a K-12 classroom.”(more)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don’t Confuse Jargon with Rigor

Education Next – Robert Pondiscio

“At Inside Schools, a website for parents covering New York City schools, reporter Lydie Raschka visits a dozen elementary schools and comes away concerned. “[I] saw firsthand how hard teachers are working to meet the new Common Core standards for reading,” she writes. “I also saw precious time wasted, as teachers seemed to confuse harder standards with puzzling language.” A striking example: At the teacher’s prompting, a kindergartner at PS 251 in Queens tries to define “text evidence” for the rest of the class. “Test ed-i-dence,” says the 5-year-old, tripping over the unfamiliar words, “is something when you say the word and show the picture. “Text evidence?” What’s with this incomprehensible jargon in kindergarten? What indeed. Raschka is absolutely correct to criticize the use of such arcane language and the practice of asking five-year-olds to toss around phrases like “text evidence” in kindergarten. Where I think she’s mistaken is in attributing it to Common Core.”(more)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Doctors prescribe reading as part of well-child visits

HTR News – Phillip Bock

“A child’s next visit to the doctor may include more than a checkup, as pediatricians at one Manitowoc County clinic are now prescribing reading — and even providing the books…The program, called Reach Out and Read, is a nationwide effort that promotes early literacy in pediatric exam rooms by giving books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading together as a family.”(more)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Early childhood education should focus on building character, FBI agent says

The Lincoln Journal Star – Margaret Reist

“Weysan Dun’s 30-year career in the FBI convinced him that early childhood education should focus as much on character development as on teaching toddlers their numbers and letters. “Early childhood education must include character development,” said Dun, who retired in 2012 and lives in Omaha. “Some say that’s more important than cognitive development.” Dun spoke to a group of education officials and state and local policymakers Monday at a luncheon sponsored by First Five Nebraska, a policy group that advocates for early childhood education. Two other groups — Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and Mission: Readiness — also sponsored the event. During his career as a special agent for the FBI, Dun investigated national security matters, cybercrime, terrorism, public corruption, organized crime and violent crimes.”(more)