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Monday, December 22, 2014

Slower Brain Growth Linked To Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Science World Report – Reuters Media

“Children with Type 1 diabetes may have slower brain growth when compared to children without diabetes, according to recent findings published in the journal Diabetes.”(more)

Study: Fast food may lead to lower school results for U.S. kids

Inforum – Reuters Media

“WASHINGTON – Eating fast food may lead to lower student test scores in math, science and reading, a recent study of U.S. school children said. A survey showed that fast-food consumption by 8,544 fifth-graders forecast lower academic achievement in eighth grade, according to the study published in Clinical Pediatrics.”(more)

Research: Summer School Yields Larger Math Gains

The U.S. News – The Hechinger Report

“Back in 2007 a team of Johns Hopkins researchers found that low-income children tended to improve in reading just as much as their wealthier peers did during the school year. The problem, at least for a group of Baltimore children these researchers studied for 18 years, was summertime. During those three idle months, the poorer children’s reading skills slipped a lot.”(more)

Conundrums in Competency

Education Next – Julia Freeland

“Over the past several months I’ve attended a number of conferences where competency-based (or mastery-based) education was a hot topic. On the whole, there seems to be growing enthusiasm for adopting competency-based approaches that allow students to advance upon mastery and that deploy authentic assessments to test what students can do across disciplines. My conversations at these conferences, however, have convinced me that there are some philosophical and practical areas that administrators are still grappling with. This is a short list of questions that keep coming up in discussions and debates:.”(more)

The Reading Paradox: How Standards Mislead Teachers

Education Next – Kathleen Porter-Magee

“Beyond the foundational reading skills, standards in this realm don’t articulate the content that students need to learn to become good readers. Instead, the standards describe the habits and skills of “good readers.” Good readers can, for instance, identify the main idea of a text. They can understand “shades of meaning” and can even use evidence to support comprehension and analysis.”(more)

Visionary Leaders Share How American Education Can Advance From B- To A+

Forbes – Robert Reiss

“On April 23, 1635 the Boston Latin School opened as the first public school in America. It brought the promise that education would ignite this emerging concept of a great nation. In fact, 56 alumni of the school were actually signers of the American Constitution. Since then education has differentiated America and fueled growth.”(more)

Yankees will pay for education of children of NYPD cop Rafael Ramos who was killed while on duty Saturday

The New York Post – Bill Madden

“George Steinbrenner’s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has, for 32 years, provided for the education of the children of New York City cops, firefighters and Port Authority employees who were killed in the line.”(more)

Last-minute moves to boost financial aid

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – Financial aid filing season starts right after the New Year’s holiday and if you hope to get financial aid to pay for college next year, there is still some time left to maximize what you can get.”(more)

‘Game changer': 4-year degrees from some California 2-year colleges

The L.A. Times – Jason Song

“Under a new state law, Crawford might be able to stay put and get a four-year degree at Cypress. The community college is one of 36 campuses and districts that have said they plan to apply for an opportunity to offer four-year degrees. It would be the first time community colleges in California would be eligible to offer more than associate’s degrees.”(more)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

View: Why science education matters

The Journal News – Nancy Heilbronner

“Providing children with a sustained and in-depth science education is important for a number of reasons. First, science inspires children’s curiosity and wonder. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to watch kindergartners play around a water table, you’ll realize that science is fascinating to them and is integrated seamlessly into their day. As they play, they learn about the world around them, and they love to learn. Yet research suggests that by the time students leave middle school, much of this love for learning science no longer exists. We understand that part of the reason for this decline in engagement is a lack of exposure to science, especially in the early developmental grades.”(more)