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Early literacy 'key' to closing education gap

<b>Improving the language skills of young children from deprived backgrounds could be the key to closing Scotland's attainment gap, according to a report.</b><p>The research by the Read On, Get On campaign suggested one in five children growing up in poverty is unable to read well by the time they finish …

Education

New Study Says 'Sesame Street' Helps Kids Learn (and Confirms Every Parent's Secret Hope)

<i>Sesame Street</i> debuted in 1969—and ever since then, the program that makes education entertaining has reached millions of little kids. But just how successful is the show in educating children?<p>A new study from the University of Maryland found that children who were exposed to the show did better in …

Celebrating 50 Years of Head Start

Fifty years ago today, Head Start was launched across the nation. At the announcement in the White House Rose Garden, President Johnson called it, "One of the most constructive, and one of the most sensible, and also one of the most exciting programs that this Nation has ever undertaken."<p>A few …

White House Rose Garden

10 Ways to Inspire a Love of Learning

<i>Carri Schneider</i><p>In 2008, Jessica Seinfeld released a cookbook for parents called "Deceptively Delicious." At the time, I was a newly-minted mother of a solid-food eating child. Seinfeld's book was all the rage among the other new mothers in my mama tribe. The recipes were "stealthily packed with …

Kids

Early motor skills may affect language development

Learning to sit up, crawl and walk are all major milestones in a child’s early development – and parents often record these actions in baby diaries, …

Inner Sydney public school plans scrapped due to cost of remediation at former industrial site

The New South Wales Government has abandoned a plan to build a new school at Ultimo in inner Sydney on a council-owned site, saying the remediation …

Australia

Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype?

If you haven’t heard the claim that blended learning is the present and future of education, you haven’t been listening. It is one of the central features of modern school reform, with proponents proclaiming that it helps personalize education, cuts costs and allows students to be more productive. …

Education Technology

Top tips for teachers on engaging parents in learning

From having parents come in to speak about their jobs to sending postcards home, education experts share advice on parental engagement<p>Schools take a variety of creative approaches to involve parents in their child’s learning, from parent-student cooking classes to sending tweets about lesson …

Teaching

How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students

Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.<p>There has been a lot of recent attention focused on the importance of executive function for successful learning. Many researchers …

Too Many Kids

School districts are packing more and more students into classrooms—and that’s pushing teachers out.<p>Erica Oliver has worked for the Atlantic City School District for a decade, teaching first grade and a few reading programs. Early in her career, Oliver typically taught no more than four students at …

Education

Play, Common Core, and Early Reading Untangled

In a raging debate, leading researchers in reading education are speaking out in favor of keeping Common Core Kindergarten Literacy Standards. Their …

Education

Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten

There are so many things you can do at home to help prepare your child for kindergarten. As a kindergarten teacher, I know I will have...

Early childhood education – our best investment

Gov. Rick Snyder has become a champion for investing in preschool education, doing far better than all his counterparts across the nation. He is …