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Early childhood education makes all the difference

We have known for years that too many children lack competencies fundamental to their school success. This unfortunately happens because of things they don’t learn by age 5—most notably in the areas of spoken language and literacy, self-regulation, social-emotional competence and early math.

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Newark school reforms must include parents

When reforms are implemented with little or no input from the community, there is going to be a level of frustration and lack of ownership because there is no buy-in. These conditions do not bode well for the sustainability of any reform, regardless of its intentions.

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Common Core practice tests in New York are overwhelming

In April, some 1.2 million New York students took their first Common Core State Standards tests, which are supposed to assess their knowledge and thinking. The first wave of exams was so overwhelming that some parents refused to let their children take the test.

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Arkansas educators to discuss School Choice

The Arkansas State Board of Education will discuss School Choice, a law passed this session allowing a certain number of students each year to transfer to any school. The Public School Choice Act of 2013, or School Choice, allows parents to decide where their kids should go to school, regardless of district boundaries.

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Bethlehem (Pa.) Area School District saving money with solar panels

Pennsylvania schools that adopted solar power say their arrays are performing as expected, in some cases generating 100 percent of building electricity. In the Bethlehem Area School District, five of 22 schools have solar panels.

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Grand Rapids board of ed looking for applicants

The Grand Rapids school board is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy caused by a recent resignation. Applicants should submit a resume and a letter of intent explaining why they are seeking the office, why they believe they are qualified, and what experience they may have with Grand Rapids Public Schools and/or public education.

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One Call Now continues rapid growth

Message notification provider One Call Now continues a growth trend, even in the face of overall economic downturn. The company was recently named #1 on the Dayton Business Journal’s list of top telecommunications companies, up from last year’s #2 spot.

Wowsers® curbs 'summer slide' in math by offering students free access to game-based digital learning solution throughout summer months

Aptly named “Wowzers Summer Explorers,” the free program will allow students who already use Wowzers in their school or classroom environments to easily continue on their learning path by accessing the program on their home computer or mobile devices with the same login credentials at a special summer website – summer.wowzers.com.

Literacy, resilience help Madison (Wis.) school fight poverty

How does an elementary school adjust to a steep and rapid rise in the number of poor children coming through its doors? With programs to build language and technological literacy, resilient character, and ties to the community, says Brett Wilfrid, principal of Sandburg Elementary School, on Madison’s far east side.

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Enterasys unveils industry-first massive open online course (MOOC) initiative

Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, is launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative designed to provide students who are interested in learning more about IT, an informal learning environment within an open forum.