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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Governors Group Urges Focus on Early Math Learning

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Governors should take steps to improve early-childhood mathematics education, including raising the bar for states’ early-learning guidelines and promoting changes in teacher-preparation programs, according to a recent paper by the National Governors Association. The paper points to 2009 research…showing that early math learning is critical for long-term academic success and yet often neglected.” (more)

The American Dream Is Leaving America

The New York Times – Nicholas Kristof

“THE best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken. We expect each generation to do better, but, currently, more young American men have less education (29 percent) than their parents than have more education (20 percent).” (more)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s likely your pediatrician will ask during your child’s next well visit how much reading takes place at home.” (more)

High Quality Early Childhood Education Primes Children For Family Income Decline

Medical Daily – Shweta Iyer

“There has been an established relationship between the financial status and the development of children in a family. While it is known that a sudden drop in income adversely impacts children’s behavior, a new study shows that those receiving high quality early childhood education and care centers are better buffered to handle such circumstances than those who did not get such education.” (more)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kindergarten today: It’s no longer as easy as ABC

The Las Vegas Sun – Brian Nordli

“She teaches a full-day kindergarten class with a high population of English Language Learners. Each lesson must reach kids at different levels of knowledge. Some know how to read, while others are just learning their letters.” (more)

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)