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You have probably heard about what is called the “word gap” found in many low-income children, who were found in a famous 1995 research study to be exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate peers by age 3, and that this deficit affects literacy development. The word gap has been cited by many experts as a key reason that at-risk children need focused literacy instruction. In this post, Elizabeth A. Gilbert explains that there is a related problem: Many early childhood educators have the same problem. Gilbert is the coordinator of the “Learn at Work Early Childhood Educator Program Labor” in the Labor Management Workplace Education Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Read full article >>
There is an issue with Presidents’ Day, or, actually, more than one, to which you may not have given much thought. For one thing, there is no agreement across all states on which presidents are being honored, the actual name of the holiday, or even whether it should be “Presidents’ ” or “Presidents.”Read full article >>
Question I haven’t yet asked my 5-year-old: is the Internet a more reliable source of information than I am?
The college search process that for many high school seniors and their families began years ago is nearing the end, as acceptances roll in and the countdown for making a final decision quickly approaches.Read full article >>
Besides resources for Presidents’ Day, we provide a few to remember the New York Times media columnist and journalism teacher David Carr, who died last week.
The Jefferson Education Accelerator, an effort designed with help from the University of Virginia, asks companies to subject their products to independent research conducted in schools.
Mr. Singer was a writer and professor of philosophy for 65 years, nearly 55 of them at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Carr, who died Thursday, was a funny, demanding, optimistic teacher of reporters-to-be at Boston University, and his syllabus distills his sense of an unfolding digital age. Excerpts here serve as the final Media Equation column under his byline.
Sexual abuse allegations and a planned lawsuit against Mohammad Abdullah Saleem in Elgin have divided segments of the imam’s followers and those in the community who reject the idea that the case should be handled privately.
Facing one of its toughest financial situations in years, the Prince William County School Board has begun considering cuts to numerous discretionary programs as it seeks to trim approximately $11 million from the school system’s budget in the fast-growing division.Read full article >>
The Montgomery County Board of Education has hired a headhunting firm for $35,000 plus expenses to launch a national search to replace Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, whose last day on the job is Monday. That’s not much money, but it is still a waste of time and talent. Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s departing schools chief reflected on his record as leader of Maryland’s largest school system and said that sometimes expectations for superintendents are out of step with reality, according to an exit interview posted online Sunday. Read full article >>
From Brownsville to The White House! @TheLopezEffect @MottHallBridges @humansofny This Is What It’s About! pic.twitter.com/lSrrEeBS68If you’ve never heard of HONY, or the Humans of New York project, this post will introduce you to it, and its relevance to school reform. The author of the post, Barnett Berry, tells the story of a wonderful school (highlighted in a HONY piece) that is embraced by its community but, unfortunately, doesn’t shine when it comes to standardized test scores. Berry is the founder, partner and chief executive officer at the Center for Teaching Quality, a national nonprofit organization that helps teachers transform their profession.Read full article >>
Here is some important advice from a financial aid expert on how to avoid making the most common financial aid mistake for college-going families. It was written by Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, a web site about planning and paying for college. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, “Filing the FAFSA,” which is available for free download at www.edvisors.com/fafsa-bookRead full article >>
Countless times, well-meaning friends, relatives, and acquaintances told me I was “lucky” to have been adopted, “lucky” even to live in America.
Ms. Fariña has rolled back Education Department policies adopted by the Bloomberg administration, but hasn’t spelled out what will come next.
The university has banned Sigma Alpha Epsilon from conducting on-campus activities until August 2016 after learning about inappropriate remarks made at an initiation ceremony.
Every year middle school students in an after-school program in the District study poetry and then write their own love poems. The young poets have written about their love for video games, cheese, football, first crushes, and often, for their moms. Read full article >>
Technology, says Gene Levinson, should serve teachers, students and parents — not the other way around. Levinson is a research scientist, STEM educator and chief executive officer of the SmartNoter social enterprise, which offers a free iOS app that allows students and their parents to download modules developed by teachers to help them learn a broad range of courses. Here are five questions that Levinson says educators should ask about education technology, along with other information about what education technology companies should — and shouldn’t — do. This post, which I am publishing with Levinson’s permission, appeared on his LinkedIn page.Read full article >>