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Friday, April 24, 2015

District gets Chinese language grant

The Newberg Graphic – Seth Gordon

“As one of 10 districts in the nation to receive a U.S. State Department grant through the Teachers of Critical Languages program, Newberg Public Schools are in exclusive company. Perhaps more importantly, the district and Newberg High School will become unique in the state as one of the few schools to offer Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. The grant will pay for the district to host a teacher from China next year, hopefully laying the foundation for a permanent program. “Especially students who go into any kind of business that connects internationally, there just aren’t enough people who can speak that language,” superintendent Kym LeBlanc-Esparza said. “If we can give kids any kind of exposure, that’s a great head start for them.””(more)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Inactive children ‘become middle-aged couch potatoes’

BBC – Judith Burns

“Children who lead inactive lives are likely to grow up to become middle-aged couch potatoes, a study suggests. Researchers compared the TV viewing habits of more than 6,000 British people born in a single week in 1970, at the ages of 10 and 42. Parents should increase children’s physical activity to ensure they become fit and healthy adults, the University College London authors conclude. “Do something active to displace TV,” advised co-author Lee Smith. “In the evening time when families tend to sit down and watch TV they should try to go for walks instead. “If you can’t go outside, try active computer games, anything that gets people up and expending energy rather than sitting down and snacking,” said Dr Smith, of the UCL epidemiology and public health department.”(more)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Michelle Obama announces funding to fight childhood obesity

Education Week – Staff Writer

“First lady Michelle Obama visited a school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Thursday to announce a $500 million donation funding the fight against childhood obesity…The initiative encourages educators and families to serve healthier food and to organize more exercise, while cutting back on snacking as well as portion size, avoiding things like sugary drinks and lobbying manufacturers to produce quality foods.”(more)

Friday, January 23, 2015

White House Pitches Competitive Grant Program Aimed at Improving Child Care

Education Week – Alyson Klein

“President Barack Obama made a big pitch for expanding federal child-care help in this State of the Union address—and then again in a speech at the University of Kansas Thursday. Now the White House has released some more details of its plan to expand access to child-care programs—including a proposal for a $100 million new, competitive grant program to help states create, put in place, and evaluate new ways of delivering child care. The program would fund pilot projects to test out promising ideas for helping rural families, parents who work outside the typical 9 to 5 schedule, and families of children with disabilities find good child care.”(more)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Study Says Grant Program Would Save Texas Over $1 Billion

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report was released that details the benefits of a grant program in Texas that would offer public school children the opportunity to learn in private schools using state money. While education and teacher groups largely oppose the program, the study found that it would save the state billions of dollars and greatly improve education throughout the state.”(more)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Kresge pledges $20M for early education in Detroit

The Detroit News – Jennifer Chambers

“Jewell Jones has few memories of his time as a preschooler at Head Start: climbing on the play-scape, riding a bike, nap time, snacks. Yet at 19, Jones credits the school readiness program for young children from low-income families with putting him on the track to success today…Nearly 31 million Americans have attended Head Start since its inception 49 years ago, according to the National Head Start Association. Those ranks will increase in Michigan and across the nation under a $1 billion public-private investment into the program…The Troy-based Kresge Foundation has committed $20 million over five years to build out a high-quality early childhood development system in Detroit…”Kresge wants Detroit’s children – all children – to succeed in school and life,” says Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and chief executive officer. “Investments in early childhood education are critically important to our youngest learners and their families. Well-prepared youngsters excel academically, are healthier and contribute more fully to society and the economic mainstream.””(more)

Friday, October 3, 2014

STEM education at FSU Panama City gets $50,000 boost (VIDEO)

The News Herald – JENNIFER HARWOOD

“The AT&T Foundation presented a $50,000 contribution to the Florida State University Panama City STEM Institute on Wednesday as an investment in increasing interest among K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math.” (more)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Obama: Students need help to get ‘in-demand jobs’

Boston.com – Jim Kuhnhenn

“President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the ‘‘in-demand jobs of the future’’.”(more)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Program will help cash-strapped teachers fund their projects

The L.A. Times – Teresa Watanabe

“The L.A. Fund for Public Education will announce a groundbreaking initiative that will give teachers access to hundreds of millions in funding opportunities.”(more)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

School Improvement Grants: The Disaster Continues

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“As you might remember, several months ago, the Department released second-year results, meaning two years of data from cohort-one SIG schools and one year of data from cohort-two schools. But they had to retract the data because of mistakes made by a contractor.”(more)