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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stanford researchers bridge education and neuroscience to strengthen the growing field of educational neuroscience

Health Canal – Amy Adams

“As methods of imaging the brain improve, neuroscientists and educators can now identify changes in children’s brains as they learn, and start to develop ways of personalizing instruction for kids who are falling behind.”(more)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do Politicians Love Kids?

The New York Times – Nicholas Kristof

“Abundant research suggests that early help for disadvantaged children could chip away at inequality, save public money and help those children reach the starting line…Here’s a rare issue where it’s just conceivable that we could make progress and build a stronger more equitable future for our nation…If our politicians really do love children, here’s a way to prove it.”(more)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Early Childhood Education That Focuses On Executive Function Improves Later School Performance

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Science is beginning to show more than ever that a child’s performance in school is largely dependent by how much they know prior to beginning kindergarten. According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds score 60 percent lower in cognitive tests than kids with richer parents. When it comes to math scores, poor black kids score an average of 21 percent lower than whites, while Hispanics score 19 percent lower. Pre-K and kindergarten classes are meant to balance these disparities, but curriculums and resources often vary between poorer and richer schools.” (more)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Why Bilingual Education Should Be Mandatory

The Huffington Post – Matthew Lynch, Ed.D

“This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. While foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation — second language classes at an earlier age would improve overall fluency for most students. It’s time to introduce second-language concepts to the youngest of K-12 students, and here are just a few of the reasons why:.” (more)

Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality

The Huffington Post – Ellen Galinsky

“Executive function skills include children’s ability to avoid distractions, pay attention, hold relevant information in their working memories, and regulate their impulsive behavior. In explaining why executive function skills matter so much, Jack Shonkoff and his colleagues at Harvard University write:.” (more)

Three new studies find child care is good for kids and the economy: Editorial

The Star – Editorial

“It cites U.S. research that found preschool programs returned an investment of between $4 and $17 for every dollar spent on a program. A TD Bank study and others found that for every $1 invested in child care in Canada, provincial and federal governments receive $1.50 in increased tax revenues alone.” (more)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Don’t underestimate value of early-childhood education

Vindy.com – Ted Schmidt

“One of the earliest indicators of a child’s future success is the number of words he or she hears prior to kindergarten. Language development begins with the interplay of words between the parent and child and helps nurture vocabulary, which is considered the building block of education. The frequency and richness of natural conversation in a child’s first years plays a key role in development.” (more)

Funding plagues pre-K revamp

The Advocate – Will Sentell

“While Louisiana is launching an ambitious overhaul of its pre-K system, how to pay for it is a recurring problem.” (more)

Monday, November 3, 2014

STEM education: 7 awesome ways to get girls excited, from apps to clubs to cool websites

Cool Mom Tech – Staff Writer

“I feel pretty lucky to have a couple of daughters who dig STEM — that’s science, technology, engineering and math, in case you’ve seen the acronym floating around. While there are so many exciting developments in the last few years designed to get girls eager to explore STEM education and all its facets, it’s still a lopsided field; check out even the most progressive schools’ robotics or science clubs and you might be surprised how imbalanced the boy-girl ratio is. Hey, we need you girls! You’re our future!.” (more)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Parents want elementary pupils to learn foreign languages — but where?

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“Research shows that early language learning results in better pronunciation and higher levels of proficiency, as well as cognitive benefits associated with being bilingual. But, of course, any advantages accrue with prolonged exposure. I’m worried about the next step.” (more)