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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Your Child’s Health: Is your teen getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night?

Fox 8 – Maria Scali

“Our teens are getting more and more tired. Sleep experts say that teenagers should be getting eight to nine hours of sleep a night. But, an estimated thirty to fifty percent of teens are like Charra Thompson, 17, of Cleveland who gets about six or seven hours of sleep a night. She feels the lack of sleep affects her. “I don’t get enough energy that I need. And, I think I need more energy for the day,” she said. Dr. Carol Rosen of the Pediatric Sleep Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s said getting enough sleep is as important as diet and exercise for teen’s overall health. “If you’re short on sleep, it gives you a very negative impact on your mood, your focus, your attention, your school work, increased risk of accidents,” Dr. Rosen said. Charra has a good idea why today’s teens don’t get enough sleep: “Electronics,” she said, smiling. Dr. Rosen agrees. Her number one recommendation for teens: make your bed a ‘sleep only’ zone. “Some of those newer electronics like your iPad give you lots of light, late-night light. And that late-night light moves your clock even further,” Dr. Rosen added.”(more)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ohio first to start testing based on Common Core standards

The Dallas Morning News – Kimberly Hefling and Julie Carr Smyth

“Sixth-grader Kayla Hunter considers herself pretty tech-savvy. She has a computer at home, unlike about half her classmates at her elementary school. And it matches up well with the one she’ll use this week to take a new test linked to the Common Core standards. Still, the perky 11-year-old worries. During a recent practice exam at her school in Ohio, she couldn’t even log on. “It wouldn’t let me,” she said. “It kept saying it wasn’t right, and it just kept loading the whole time.” Her state on Tuesday will be the first to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the school year, about 12 million children in 29 states and the District of Columbia will take them, using computers or electronic tablets. The exams are expected to be more difficult than the traditional spring standardized state exams they replace. In some states, they’ll require hours of additional testing time because students will have to do more than just fill in the bubble. The goal is to test students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems.”(more)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

States tackle question of how to boost college completion rates for low-income students

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“New report shows how states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida are creating ‘structured pathways’ to help community college students make it through a system where most fail to graduate.”(more)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Report on Ohio charter schools provides insights into what works and what doesn’t

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“The Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University — the nation’s leading evaluator of charter schools – released an updated report on the performance of Ohio charter schools. Ohio has broad laws on who can authorize a charter school, generating nearly 400 charters serving 120,000 students. So, the state provides a good vantage point to see what works and what doesn’t.”(more)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Personal View: Early childhood education is smart choice as high-priority policy item

Crain’s Cleveland Business – PAUL CLARK and BARRY DOGGETT

“The poll found that 80% of voters ranked “making sure children get a strong start in life so they will perform better in school” as a high priority for government policy. In fact, in ranking the most urgent needs for action, voters put ensuring a strong start for children well ahead of reducing the tax burden on families, and just below the need for increasing job growth.”(more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Big Ten and the Next Big Thing

Inside Higher ED – Paul Fain

“Competency-based education is going upmarket. Three brand-name, Big Ten-affiliated institutions are now offering degrees in this emerging form of higher education.” (more)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Put young kids first to improve our education system – Brent Cooper

“Four years ago the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region created a set of “Bold Goals” for education, income and health to be achieved by the year 2020. The collective vision has now been endorsed by more than 250 of our region’s leading business, civic, education, government, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ohio Governor John Kasich Voices Support for Common Core

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“Ohio Governor John Kasich announced earlier this week that he is firmly in support of the national Common Core standards.” (more)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

​​Making STEM education rock

Dayton Daily News – Lisa Knodel

“Students recently performed an end-of-year concert for their families, friends and school staff on electric guitars built by their own hands earlier that week. The weeklong program offered through Sinclair Community College used the guitar-building process as a vehicle to get students engaged in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM).” (more)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Businesses get involved in education – Jessica Brown

“Today’s education buzzwords – “preschool,” “Common Core,” “STEM,” “college/career readiness” – have become part of the vocabulary of education conversations everywhere from the White House to local classrooms. Even around some dining room tables.”(more)