Delmarva Now – Jon Bleiweis
“Spanish or Chinese could be the prominent language in a Cape Henlopen elementary school classroom in the near future, as the school district contemplates adding a dual language immersion program. It could happen as soon as 2017, according to district assistant superintendent Kathy Petitgout. It’s part of Gov. Jack Markell’s 10-year world language expansion initiative, which started in 2011. The goal is to have 20 immersion programs in the state and 10,000 students be part of them…Lynn Fulton-Archer, an education specialist for world language immersion with the state Department of Education, said the increase can be attributed to potential economic and academic benefits. Not only does it give students another marketable skill in a global workplace, but decades of research has shown that students who have an earlier start in language learning in an immersion education typically perform as well or better than their monolingual peers on standardized test, she said. It also has the potential to close the achievement gap across minority populations that are enrolled in the programs, she said.”(more)
HK Edition- oseph Li in Hong Kong
“The recurrent government expenditure for kindergarten education will rise from HK$4.1 billion to HK$6.7 billion, after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged in the latest Policy Address to offer quality, free kindergarten education to children aged 3 to 6 from school year 2017-18 – with a view to lifting the overall quality of pre-school education.
The government hopes to deliver quality kindergarten education through a new curriculum, better teacher quality and improved governance of schools, following implementation of free education.
Subsidies to kindergartens will increase significantly, Education Bureau (EDB) sources said. For a long whole-day kindergarten with 90 students, the annual subsidy will increase from HK$2 million under the existing education voucher system to HK$4.9 million. For a whole-day kindergarten with 90 students, the annual subsidy will increase to HK$4 million from HK$2 million now. And for a half-day kindergarten with 200 students, the annual subsidy will rise to HK$6.6 million from the current HK$4.5 million.”(more)
NEWS- Nick Dole
“A new teaching method being trialled in New South Wales, which incorporates games and physical theatre, is allowing each student a chance to shine.High school teacher Catherine Myers said she used to dread her Monday morning science class.For the past 10 weeks she has been part of a trial involving a new teaching method, which involves students spending less time reading and writing, and more time on their feet.”They’re doing it through theatre, through games, through play rather than books and writing,” she said.She said there had been a “monumental” improvement in results.”(more)
The Huffington Post – Craig Zamary
“I’d like to take a moment and explain why the U.S. Department of Education should seriously consider how students will benefit from being exposed to entrepreneurship education, regardless if they decide to start a business or not…I have personally tested and proved that Entrepreneurship can be taught in 1st Grade and the students will engage. The students were very innovative, engaged and excited and did an amazing job presenting their ideas in front of the class.”(more)
WFYI – Megan Powell
“Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, continues the fight to place cursive writing back into the curriculum after the Indiana Department of Education made cursive optional in 2011. Wednesday afternoon, the Education and Career Development committee met to discuss Senate Bill 73. If passed, this bill would add cursive writing back into the elementary curriculum for third and fourth grade as well as mandating reading cursive…As Indiana keeps debating SB 73, about half dozen states have made the move already to make cursive writing mandatory. “It’s very important for children to write in cursive because they won’t be able to read historic documents,” Amanda Krause, elementary student teacher, said. Leising asked members of the committee to look at the issue, not only looking at the issue on a state level, but on a global platform. She said Mexico recently reinstated cursive writing in their curriculum.”(more)
The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey
“Virginia elementary school teacher Launa Hall wrote a long, thoughtful piece for the Washington Post today on what happened when her district gave all her third graders iPads. Under the headline “I gave my students iPads — then wished I could take them back,” Hall explains, “My lively little kids stopped talking and adopted the bent-neck, plugged-in posture of tap, tap, swipe.” Despite comprehensive training on how to incorporate iPads into daily instruction, Hall said the technical problems — “bandwidth issues that slowed our lessons to a crawl, username issues followed by password issues followed by hundreds of selfies” — forced her to write lessons two ways so she always had a backup if the iPads did not work.”(more)