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OPINION: Using prime baseball season to strike out summer learning loss

The Hechinger Report – Tom Brasuell and Tom Davidson

“Last year, Major League Baseball and EVERFI traveled to DREAM Charter School in Harlem to talk to students about using their academic ‘off-season’ to sharpen their skills. The school, which already incorporates baseball into its educational programs, was a natural fit for MLB’s new initiative, Summer Slugger — a baseball-themed digital math and literacy program that allows students to hit home runs with word problems and strike out batters through multiplication and division. Since then, Summer Slugger has helped nearly 38,000 students across North America, with 16 MLB clubs supporting the program in their markets.” (more)

What Summer Slide Actually Means—and 5 Ways to Fight it

Ed Surge – Ariel Goldberg

“The impact of summer vacation has garnered interest beyond school practitioners. Researchers have explored this topic for more than a century, and many companies make the summer slide a priority when creating editorial calendars, launching sales and contributing to field-wide discussions. Yet for all of the attention it receives, the summer slide has continued year after year. The question is, why?” (more)

High-quality food is the foundation for a healthy life

News Herald – Juliann Talkington

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There never seems to be enough time in the day, especially when you have a job and kids. After a long day of work the last thing most of us want to do when we get home is worry about preparing a meal. As a result, many of us stop for take-out, pop TV dinners in the microwave, or go through the drive-through on the way home.


While fast, pre-prepared, and restaurant food is quick, convenient, and satisfying it is often low in nutrients, fiber, and phytonutrients; high in refined carbohydrates; and full of artificial colors and flavors. In addition, these foods are generally easy to digest and high in trans-fats or processed vegetable oils. Worst of all, many prepared foods are designed for “sensory-specific satiety” which makes it easy for us to eat more than we need and to become addicted to the product.

Sadly, the impact of consuming these foods is not usually immediately apparent. In many cases, it takes years or decades for symptoms to develop. As a result, it is easy for parents to overlook the impact food may be having on the long-term health and welfare of their children.

More information on the hazards of poor food choices has reached the mainstream press recently. Dr. Eva Selhub wrote about the connection between food choices, brain structure and function, and mood in the Harvard Medical School Health Blog. “If your brain is deprived of good-quality nutrition, or if free radicals or damaging inflammatory cells are circulating within the brain’s enclosed space, further contributing to brain tissue injury, consequences are to be expected. What’s interesting is that for many years, the medical field did not fully acknowledge the connection between mood and food.”

Also, according to research conducted by Sanjay Basu M.D., Ph.D. at the Stanford University Medical Center, “increased sugar in a population’s food supply was (is) linked to higher diabetes rates, independent of obesity rates.”

Although it might seem overwhelming, ditching processed foods is possible even if you have a super busy schedule. The key is advanced planning, selecting healthy items when you get to the supermarket, and cooking enough extra food that you can have leftovers on days when there is no time to cook.

Once you adjust to the new approach to food, you will likely notice that everyone is less cranky and feels better, there are less sick days, and that you have more energy and patience.

JOB: Elementary School Chinese Teacher • Costa Mesa, California

ORANGE COUNTY CAMPUS
Start Date: 8/20/2018
Position Summary:
• Teach Chinese language arts
• All instruction will be in Chinese
Key Requirements:
• Native fluency in Chinese required
• Minimum of BA/BS or equivalent and at least 100 hours of documented experience teaching elementary  (more…)

Borsuk: Rise of quality early education programs are bright spot for Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“There’s an energy surge in quality early childhood education in Milwaukee, and this is good news. “Quality early childhood education has been rising to the top of a lot of people’s agendas because the data is so clear that the foundation for success in school doesn’t begin on the first day of school; it begins the day a child is born,” said Tom Schneider, executive director of COA Youth & Family Centers, a long-standing north side agency offering programs for kids. Tracey Sparrow, president of Next Door, another high-quality north side nonprofit, said, “It feels like there’s a growing recognition of the importance” of early childhood learning.” (more)