Renascence School Education News - private school

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Literacy group making inroads expanding students’ vocabulary skills

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“One of the things that appeals to me about SHARP is the emphasis on vocabulary. There is a powerful body of research that shows that the “vocabulary gap” is one of the keys to understanding the success gap in education. In short, a child who starts kindergarten with a large vocabulary is much more likely to succeed than one with a small vocabulary.”(more)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Secrets to raising a smarter baby

Chicago Parent – Robert Ruderman, M.D.

“Happy, healthy adults often start out as “smart babies.” While many new parents are anxious to raise a “smart baby,” recent findings have revealed concerning trends. Specifically, one in three children start Kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.(1) In addition, two out of three children in the U.S. fail to develop reading proficiency by the end of third grade.(2) As it turns out, there actually are steps to take to reduce or eliminate these problems. There are three critical steps that, when done together, can start your child on the road for a lifetime of cognitive, social and emotional health. They are: 1. Start early 2. Be there 3. Interact using the five R’s”(more)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Parents reading aloud to children helps language skills, education

The Gainesville Times – Chelsey Abercrombie

“Once a week since the summer, Ruth Demby has lugged boxes of children’s books to Norwood Apartments on Cleveland Highway with a handful of volunteers in tow. Armed with a curriculum outlined by the United Way, the associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Gainesville meets with mothers and small children for a singular goal: to ensure every child is read to by a parent by the time he or she enter kindergarten.”(more)

Schools push to keep kids reading during holiday break


“She has a solution: Literacy. The school has teamed up with pro athletes, local school bands and Miami-Dade County teachers to keep students busy through the break. They’re encouraging kids to read by sharing real-life examples of why reading matters beyond the classroom.”(more)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Oregon’s Kitzhaber Proposes $800 Million More for Education

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has proposed an extra $800 million for the state’s next two-year budget plan for education…The additional money is proposed for an update to the state’s pre-K program to improve reading skills and creating a smoother transition to the workforce.”(more)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Touchscreen technology is good for kids? Don’t believe the hype

The Guardian – Eliane Glaser

“Children are much more likely to enjoy stories in books than stories on a screen. Children are 34 times more likely to read storybooks daily than stories on tablets daily. Children are four times more likely to read stories in a book for more than 30 minutes. Children are more likely to read stories on tablets on their own, losing out on the huge benefits of reading with a parent.”(more)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tracking the Origins of Persistent Math Difficulties in Young Children

Education Week – Christina Samuels

“Children with developmental disabilities, or who struggle with vocabulary as toddlers, are at risk of developing persistent math difficulties—and boosting a child’s reading skills, ensuring access to preschool, and avoiding the use of grade retention may be ways to head off those math struggles, according to a study published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.”(more)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.” (more)

The Most Popular Books For Students In 2014

The Huffington Post – Rebbecca Klein

“On Tuesday, Renaissance Learning updated its list of the most popular books for elementary and high school students, based on new data for the 2013-2014 school year. Renaissance Learning, an educational software company, compiled its list from a database that tracked the independent reading habits of nearly 10 million students.” (more)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lessons learned: Some common themes to improving schools

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“The assignment sounded clear enough: Find schools making demonstrable improvements to student achievement, then explain how they did it so that others might do the same.” (more)