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Saturday, November 22, 2014

‘Language learning opens up new horizons’

The Telegraph – Frances Suc-Diamond

” When I entered the French classroom I would become a different person. Not only could I express my ideas in another tongue, I could also act and react to the world from another’s perspective. This opportunity enabled me to appreciate fully the concept of l’étranger – not just strange or foreign but different and worthy of appreciation and understanding.”(more)

Stanford researchers bridge education and neuroscience to strengthen the growing field of educational neuroscience

Health Canal – Amy Adams

“As methods of imaging the brain improve, neuroscientists and educators can now identify changes in children’s brains as they learn, and start to develop ways of personalizing instruction for kids who are falling behind.”(more)

Schools work to make STEM learning central to education

The Times News – Isaac Groves

“STEM is a hot topic in education these days, largely because it is an area where industries and jobs are growing.”(more)

Does Better Observation Make Better Teachers?

E-School News – Matthew P. Steinberg and Lauren Sartain

“Of all school-level factors related to student learning and achievement, the quality of the student’s teacher is the most important. Yet the teacher evaluation systems in use in American school districts historically have been unable to differentiate teachers who improve student learning from lower-performing educators. Many have failed to differentiate teachers at all. A 2009 study by The New Teacher Project found that “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” were the only ratings available to school administrators in many districts, and that more than 99 percent of teachers in those districts were deemed satisfactory.”(more)

Parents can help toddlers with slow language skills catch up, Stanford psychologist says

Health Canal – Bjorn Carey

“Early results from a program designed by Stanford psychologists show that educating parents on how to talk with their toddlers can improve the kids’ language development.”(more)

‘Lost’ first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals

The Guardian – Holly Young

““Lost” first languages leave a permanent mark on the brain, a report this week has found. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in the US, challenges the existing understanding that exposure to a language in the first year of a child’s life can be “erased” if he or she is moved to a different linguistic environment.”(more)

Not a pretty picture: A call to action for black girls in school

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Across the country, educators are talking about new ways to handle student discipline, and while there is broad acknowledgement that punitive, zero-tolerance policies have fallen disproportionately on African-American boys, a recent report points out that black girls are suspended at a rate six times that of whites — and at rates that also surpass those for Latino, Asian and white boys.”(more)

Study demonstrates math program’s impact on students

E-School News – Staff Writer

“The report used several models to measure ST Math’s impact. Those grades using ST Math for one year exhibited 6.3 percent more students scoring proficient or better on the CST, compared to those at similar schools without the program. Getting students to score proficient on the state test meets the No Child Left Behind requirements.”(more)

What is the Common Core? A guide to Oregon’s new education standards

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Recognizing the need to better prepare high school graduates for college and the workplace, Oregon and 42 other states agreed to switch from their from their own standards for reading, writing and math to a more rigorous shared set of standards for those core academic subjects.”(more)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

The Huffington Post – Laura Wellington

“To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society…We also need to increase the compensation for teaching to levels that invite the best of the best…”(more)