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LeBron James Opens I Promise School For Akron’s At-Risk Kids

The Huffington Post – David Moye

“Even NBA legends can get the jitters on the first day of school. Just ask LeBron James. On Monday, the basketball great opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The school focuses on students who are at risk in reading and need additional academic intervention so they don’t fall further behind their classmates. About 240 third- and fourth-graders will attend classes this first year, with enrollment set to expand to 1,000 students in grades 1 through 8 by 2022, according to Cleveland TV station WEWS.” (more)

Learning handwriting in the digital age

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Many children are now more adept today at typing on digital keyboards then using a pen or pencil to express their thoughts. Educators and stakeholders, however, often feel a responsibility to ground students in using these traditional tools — and perhaps for good reason.” (more)

Edible enriching educational exercises

The Dalton Daily Citizen – Liz Swafford

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as a non-formal environmental educator for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority is the opportunity to lead students visiting our recycling center and landfill for a tour in educational activities that they normally wouldn’t do at school. Lessons about the carrying capacity of a habitat, the life cycle of a tree or those about identifying the right things to recycle are disguised as fun games. Usually the games are so entertaining that students don’t realize they’re learning until the game is over. As fun as the recycling relay race and other games are, the most memorable lessons tend to be the ones with an edible component. Yes, you read that right — edible. I have found that adding an edible component to an otherwise stale lesson enriches a student’s educational experience. When there’s food involved a two-dimensional lesson printed on a worksheet can become a three-dimensional object that students can touch, move, see, smell and — if the teacher allows — eat.”(more)

How and Why Districts and Charters Engage

Education Next – Daniela Doyle, Christen Holly and Bryan Hassel

“Over the past 25 years, charter schools have grown from a ragtag insurgency into a serious force in U.S. K–12 education. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charters serve nearly three million children across the country and enroll more than 20 percent of students in several dozen cities. In most places, urban school districts aim to contain charters, but in a small but growing number of cities, the charter sector has become a serious educational player, too large and influential for the prevailing power to ignore. In such cities, districts and charters have sometimes responded by “engaging” with one another—that is, by collaborating or coordinating in pursuit of a common goal or to address practical challenges.”(more)

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)