St. Catherine’s students learn Mandarin Chinese

Wicked Local Norwood – Brad Cole “Thirteen students at St. Catherine of Sienna School are becoming global children. These students, from kindergarten to grade five, are participating in the school’s new Mandarin Chinese program, taught by native speaker...

Should 3rd Grade Be the Pivot Point for Early Reading?

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks “It’s become a truism in education policy that reading is the gatekeeper to later academic success. In hopes of ensuring that success, a rising number of states bar promotion for students who do not read proficiently...

Denver teacher’s lesson plan goes viral, launches movement

The Denver Post – Anna Gauldin “A Denver teacher’s lesson plan has gone viral after it revealed the inner workings of her students’ minds. Kyle Schwartz, 28, is a third-grade teacher at Denver’s Doull Elementary School, where more than 90...

Seminole to bring foreign languages to all elementary schools

Orlando Sentinel – Lauren Roth “The fifth-graders in Mei-En Marler’s classes at Bentley Elementary can politely tell you what they ate for lunch, ask directions and introduce themselves – all in Mandarin Chinese. Her students are on the leading edge...

Bills in Nevada Focus on 3rd Grade Literacy, Handwriting

Education News – Kristin Decarr “A bill in Nevada would look to ensure that all third graders in the state can read by the time they complete the third grade…The bill would require students in the state to demonstrate a proficiency in reading on a...