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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Young Girls Are Much, Much Better Readers Than Boys, And Have Been For A Long Time

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“The gap between boys’ and girls’ respective reading abilities has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the trend itself is not new. Girls have been better readers than boys for a long, long time, according to a report released Tuesday by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. The annual report analyzes three topics in contemporary education through the lens of up-to-date research. This year, the report looked at the effectiveness of the Common Core state standards, the relationship between student engagement and academic achievement, and the gender gap in reading. Below are three key insights into gender gaps the report provided:.”(more)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EveryDay Learners: Reading encourages brain development

Daily Herald – Claire Warnick

“Ben Carson is an internationally-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and a prominent politician. He holds degrees from Yale and Johns Hopkins Medical School and his professional success is impressive. But Carson wasn’t always a stellar student. His autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” recounts how he struggled in school as a child. What changed his path? In the book, he said it was because his mother asked him to read at least two books a week. While Carson was hesitant at first, believing “that rule was impossible,” his interest in reading and his performance in school quickly improved. In the book, he explains that he started doing better not just in reading, but in all subjects…Reading prepares students for success in any subject, partly because every subject involves written instructions or information. But on a more fundamental level, reading leads the way to success because it changes the very structure of our minds.”(more)

Do snow days hurt student progress? A Harvard professor says no.

The Washington Post – Emma Brown

“It’s become a maxim in education: More learning time leads to greater student achievement. So when schools close for snow — as they did over and over this winter across many states — the assumption is that student achievement will suffer. Not so, says Joshua Goodman, an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Goodman examined weather data, student test scores and attendance data in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2010. He found that the number of canceled school days because of snow in a given year had no impact on children’s math and reading test scores. Instead, it was the number of days that were merely snowy — when schools remained open, but many students were absent — that appeared to hurt achievement, particularly in math.”(more)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

The Huffington Post – Fuel Up to Play 60

“Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college. The time spent in grade school becomes the educational foundation that may determine which college she will attend and whether she continues on to higher education at all. We’re going back to school with Fuel Up To Play 60 to bring parents this list of things they can do to foster their children’s focus and learning throughout the day and ultimately build a foundation for their future.”(more)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Q&A: Raising Kids Who Want To Read

NPR – Cory Turner

“In his new book, Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There’s a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading…Willingham wants his kids to love reading because, he says, “for me it’s a family value. It’s something that I love, something that I find important. I think I gain experiences I wouldn’t gain any other way by virtue of being a reader. And so naturally I want my children to experience that.” The professor of psychology at the University of Virginia uses his new book to map out strategies for parents and teachers hoping to kindle that same passion for reading.”(more)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Character education goes beyond the basics of reading and math

The News and Record – Marquita Brown

“At Brooks Global Studies Elementary, students and families recently gave up sugary drinks for two weeks. They collected $1,426 — money they would have used to buy those drinks — and donated it to help build a well for a village in Rwanda. That project is one example of how teachers at Brooks weave core subject instruction with lessons about being a good citizen at school, in the community and in the world.”(more)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

States Raise Proficiency Standards in Math and Reading

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson and Matthew Ackerman

“Since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was enacted into federal law in 2002, states have been required to test students in grades 3 through 8 and again in high school to assess math and reading achievement. The federal law also asks states to establish the performance level students must reach on the exams in order to be identified as “proficient.” According to NCLB, each school was expected to increase the percentage of proficient students at a rate that would ensure that all students were proficient by the year 2014. Student proficiency rates have been publicly reported every year for schools in every state as well as for the state as a whole. Importantly, each state chooses its own tests and sets its own proficiency bar. NCLB also requires the periodic administration of tests in selected subjects to a representative sample of students in 4th and 8th grade as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the nation’s report card, which is administered under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education. The performance levels considered proficient on NAEP tests are roughly equivalent to those set by international organizations that estimate student proficiency worldwide.”(more)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

10 Awesome Book Charities That Help Kids All Over The World

The Huffington Post – Caroline Bologna

“A 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress test found that 65 percent of fourth graders read at a “below proficient” level. According to the nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental, one of the best ways to develop children’s literacy is to encourage kids to read at home. The problem? Two-thirds of children living in poverty in the U.S. have no books at home. In honor of National Reading Month, we’ve compiled a list of some charitable organizations that do amazing work to promote children’s literacy and bring books to kids all over the world. While this list certainly does not cover all of the countless nonprofits and individuals working to spread literacy and access to books for children, it is indicative of the inspiring number of organizations doing this important work.”(more)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March is reading month: 10 tips to keep reading fun

Michigan State University Extension – Carrie Shrier

“All across the country, schools and libraries are joining in to celebrate March is Reading Month! From “read-ins” at school to reading competitions, drawings for prizes and celebrity readers, the focus is on encouraging children to love reading and to engage in reading and other literacy activities out of school. How can you celebrate March is Reading Month at home? Here are 10 tips to celebrate reading at home, every month of the year!”(more)

Monday, March 9, 2015

How to get kids to read independently

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading ReportTM: Fifth Edition is out and offers a snapshot of where young people are when it comes to reading independently. Here are some of the findings of a nationally representative survey conducted last fall by Scholastic in conjunction with YouGov. Some of the results are surprising, including the fact that kids prefer to read books in print. Following the findings is an analysis of what they mean for parents and teachers:.”(more)