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Education officials: Foreign language studies provide benefits for children in early years

The Exponent Telegram – Kailee Gallahan

With a more diverse country and workforce today, education officials in West Virginia believe foreign language studies are an integral part of education that should begin in a child’s early years. Many studies have demonstrated that children who begin learning foreign language at an earlier age are able to grasp the language and pronunciation in ways that first-time adult learners would not. That’s according to Dr. William Brustein, vice president and professor of international studies at West Virginia University.”(more)

For This ‘Coal Country’ Librarian, Preparing Students for the Future Starts with STEM

Ed Surge – Sandra Wiseman

“I started my career as a librarian in the 1980’s. Back then, I learned to type catalog cards on an electric typewriter and created lessons around print resources and the Dewey Decimal system. I’ve come along way since then, moving from traditional library programming into the 21st century, with coding and robotics to match. It all began when I read an article about the “Hour of Code” initiative, a program that asks every student school-wide to participate in one hour of coding activities. I knew nothing about the subject, but I thought it was important to try something new and see what happened. My hunch was right. During the event, my kids were challenged and totally engaged. I knew I was onto something.”(more)

What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States

NPR – Cory Turner

“A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education: What does it take to get preschool right? Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales — like this one from Tennessee — than success stories. Today’s release from The Learning Policy Institute, “The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States,” helps balance the preschool debate by highlighting a handful of states that appear to be getting pre-K right: Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina.”(more)

Teaching foreign language in elementary schools makes sense

The Exponent Telegram – Editorial

“The Harrison County Board of Education is eyeing a proposal to teach foreign languages in elementary schools. We think it is an idea that has merit and deserves serious consideration. Board President Doug Hogue said early introduction to foreign languages can be a big advantage to students. “The sooner we get the children started in it, the greater the advancement and mastery of the foreign languages,” Hogue said. “It will definitely help them in their later school years and help them as they go into the career world.””(more)

Year of the Outdoor Classroom: Why Schools in Virginia, West Virginia and Michigan Have Joined the National Trend

The 74 Million – Nathania Johnson

“When people talk about innovation in education, they tend to first turn to issues of technology. But a new trend is blooming in schools across the country, and it’s altering the way students learn about everything from science to math to language arts.
Students are picking up their backpacks, walking through the school doors and engaging in tangible learning experiences in outdoor classrooms. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday to officially dedicate and open the new outdoor classroom at Landstown Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 14,000-square-foot space has room to seat 40 students and boasts a chalkboard, flower garden and vegetable beds, reports WTKR. Several area community organizations and businesses helped make the project a reality, including VBCPS Educational Foundation, Home Depot, Seagreen Lawns, Virginia Tech, and LifeTouch. Professionals with related skills, including farmers, chefs, and horticulturists, will teach in the classroom.”(more)

Initial Common Core goals unfulfilled as state results trickle in

The San Jose Mercury News – CHRISTINE ARMARIO

“Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts.”(more)