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Region’s Economy: Teach children financial literacy in 2016 – Julie Heath

“So, as you make resolutions for this New Year, I encourage you to include making it a priority to talk to children about economic and financial literacy. Teach them that they can’t have everything they want and about making choices – that every decision has an opportunity cost (what you didn’t choose). Recognizing the opportunity cost of choices is one of the most important concepts that anyone can understand. Teach them that money comes from work, that they can invest in themselves – that they are worth investing in. Teach them how to critically think through decisions, weighing the costs and benefits. Be that “one” for a child.”(more)

Gender roles, career stereotypes to be challenged at 3 local middle schools

The Hillsdale Daily News – Jason Dafnis

“Where are all the girls? That’s one of the questions a new Ohio State University study asks – and it hopes to find the answer in Hillsdale County, among other places in the U.S. The study, led by OSU professor Dr. Sheryl Sorby, began as a pilot at a rural Colorado school district to determine what long-term impact Sorby’s spatial visualization training curriculum could have on 7th-grade students. The initial study tracked the proclivity of middle school students who received the training to join the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career fields. Three schools in Hillsdale County – Davis, Reading and Jonesville Middle Schools – opted into the national study. Multi-axis object rotation and reflection, isometric sketching, symmetry, cross sections, orthographic projection – students could be introduced to several new concepts alongside their current middle school geometry curriculum.”(more)

Licking Heights’ Mandarin program continues to grow

Newark Advocate – Chad Klimack

“More than 900 million people speak Mandarin, making it the world’s most-spoken language, a fact not lost on Licking Heights Local Schools officials. The district started offering Mandarin Chinese at its high school in January 2012, and only 14 students signed up for the initial offering. Flash forward to the current 2015-16 school year, and the district now offers four Mandarin Chinese foreign language courses, starting in its middle school. In addition, a whopping 300 students are enrolled in the courses…Considering the number of people who speak Mandarin around the world, in addition to China’s economic clout, Licking Heights Superintendent Philip Wagner said it made sense for Heights to expand the foreign language offering. “We always hear the world has become more globally competitive,” Wagner said. “We’re not doing what we can to better prepare students for that world if we’re not taking into account what the future holds.””(more)

So Far Only Ohio is Backing Off A High Standard for Proficiency

E-School News – Michael J. Petrilli

“Way back in 2007, we at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published a landmark study with experts from the Northwest Evaluation Association: The Proficiency Illusion. It found that state definitions for reading and math “proficiency” were all over the map—and shockingly subpar almost everywhere. In Wisconsin, for instance, eighth graders could be reading at the fourteenth percentile nationally and still be considered proficient. This was a big problem—not just the inconsistency, though that surely made it harder to compare schools across state lines. Mostly, we worried about the signals that low proficiency standards sent to parents: the false positives indicating that their kids were on track for success when they actually weren’t. How were parents in Madison or Duluth supposed to know that their “proficient” son was really far below grade level, not to mention way off track for success in college and career? That was one of the main reasons we started pushing for national standards and tests (what would eventually become the Common Core). We wanted parents to know the truth about how their children were faring in school—and wanted educators to aim for higher expectations in their teaching. After years of lackluster progress with state-by-state standards, we thought an interstate approach might work better.”(more)

How a blended program can change Common Core math

E-School News – Gina Piero

“In the past few years, the Common Core has significantly altered the landscape in terms of mathematics education. For starters, it has demanded more focus, coherence, and rigor in the ways we teach math. As a result, our district, Worthington City Schools in Ohio, has narrowed the amount of topics we cover at each grade level, diving deeper into each topic in order to gain solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply math to solve problems inside and outside the classroom.”(more)

Math Camp helps students learn appreciation for the subject

The Richland Source – Dillon Carr

“Springmill Learning Center’s Math Literacy Initiative (MLI) camp is winding down for the week, but more is to come, said Content and Administrative Expert Meg Strong. Monday began the learning center’s five-day long math camp for Mansfield City School students from kindergarten to fifth grade. On July 27, Clear Fork elementary schools will send their youth and Lucas elementary schools will send their students on Aug. 3. According to Strong, 122 students came through Springmill Learning Center’s doors for the math camp this week.”(more)