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Working play into early childhood education boosts students’ learning experience

Phys ORG – Jim Carlson

“Incorporating play into early childhood education can lead to better schoolwork among preschool and primary-level students, research by a pair of Penn State professors has shown, and instructing prospective teaching candidates to follow that path should be a constant. Play has been an important part of teacher preparation in early childhood education because preschool and primary children learn through play and it is necessary for their development, according to Jim Johnson, professor of education in curriculum and instruction and program director for early childhood education in the College of Education.”(more)

Enabling Success For Your Child This Year (And Every Year)

The Huffington Post – Byron Garrett

“I get asked the “silver bullet” question a lot: how can we help the young people in our life be consistently successful students? I know that I’ve written a few books about how we can help make that a reality, but the reality is that there isn’t a “one size fits all” pathway to success. If there were, we’d all be on it and be able to share it on our own. The truth is that every student is different and their successes will all look different according to what they want to do- we’re not all meant to be lawyers, electricians or professional baseball players. So I wanted to lay out three clear strategies you can use to help create some structures for you and your child to make their dreams come true:.”(more)

Majority of American Parents Unaware of How Harmful Monthly School Absences Can Be

Education World – Staff Writer

“September is the first full month of school for most schools, and for that reason it’s also Attendance Awareness Month; throughout the month, advocates work to remind parents and mentors how important student attendance is for their respective achievement. While most parents understand how important attendance is, a new survey from the Ad Council has revealed they misunderstand how quickly absences add up.”(more)

Five Tips for Developing Great Relationships With Parents This Year

Education World – Staff Writer

“Establishing a solid relationship with the parents and guardians of your students is an absolutely essential element of the 21st century classroom. Authentic learning is a community effort, which means that each student’s support team—teachers, administrators, counselors, guardians, friends—all need to be working toward the same goals. For the teacher, this means reaching out.”(more)

Boeing’s 100 Days of Learning Brings Accessible STEM Education to Kids Across the Globe

3BL Media – Staff Writer

“With 100 years of innovation experience behind them, Boeing is looking ahead to the next 100 years of aerospace visionaries with their 100 Days of Learning campaign. The 100 Days campaign includes a wide range of resources to engage students, via teachers and parents, in STEM education. Boeing engineers worked side-by-side with partners Curiosity Machine, Teaching Channel, PBS Learning Media, and Above and Beyond to develop lesson plans, documentaries, and hands-on activities that break down complicated concepts into easy-to-digest resources. With 100 Days of Learning, Boeing hopes to spark young people’s natural sense of curiosity and show them just how astronomical their impact on the world can be.”(more)

California students scored better on this year’s state tests — but fewer than half met college readiness goals

The Los Angeles Times – Sonali Kohli, Joy Resmovits and Sandra Poindexter

“If the state’s revamped standardized tests are accurately measuring what they set out to measure, one thing is clear: California has miles to go before all of its students are on an equal footing to face an economy that increasingly demands a college degree and stronger workplace skills. The good news, if there is good news, is there’s improvement over last year. This is the second year the test results have been released to the public, and the first allowing for year-to-year comparison. Across the state, 48% of students met English language arts standards and 37% met math standards, according to the test results released Wednesday morning. That compares with 44% in English and 34% in math last year. That means that more than half of the test-takers in each subject still fell short.”(more)