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An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy

The New York Times

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Teaching reading skills to children early is crucial, especially with respect to their educational success later in life. School systems are switching reading programs to help underachieving students have one on one time with a tutor.

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Back to School

This American Life

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As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids.

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‘It's just math': Preschoolers can do more than we might think

The Seattle Times

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Due to recent brain development research, educators are working to add more math education into pre-school and kindergarten classes. Studies show that children of this age are actually extremely receptive to numbers and learning geometry.

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Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk

The New York Times

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Preschoolers in the U.S. who misbehave are increasingly being expelled. In Connecticut, trained counselors educated teachers about how to deal with emotionally traumatized kids which reduced expulsions.

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Fighting Bullying With Babies

The New York Times

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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Free pre-K: Strong early gains, but long-term questions

The Seattle Times

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Preparing the young for elementary education is a priority to nurture reading and social skills. For 16 years, Tulsa Oklahoma has instituted a state funded preschool, staffed with teachers trained in early education. Tulsa’s Pre-K initiative has shown that their children are more prepared for l...

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From slipping through the cracks to the college track

The Seattle Times

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Low-income students are at-risk for not completing high school or applying to quality higher education because they lack the guidance, encouragement, and practical support. The Rainier Scholars program in Seattle places fifth graders, who are all minorities, in special coursework through middle a...

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Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

NPR

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With child obesity on the rise, public school students have lacked the motivation and access to eat healthy food. Different programs around the country aim to improve student diet in public schools, including Real Eats for Academics and Life in Los Angeles and Cornell’s Smarter Lunchrooms Movemen...

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Giving Where It Works

The New York Times

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Non-profit organizations and programs that seek to improve community or global life can have financial challenges even with donations. Investigative advocacy journalism has highlighted seven global programs that succeed in financial sustainability and demonstrate positive outcomes for the people ...

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Hard Times for Recess

The New York Times

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Despite strong evidence that school-based physical activity improves children’s cognitive skills, concentration and behavior, schools under pressure to produce quantitative results and increased bullying have drastically cut back on recess in recent years. An an Oakland-based nonprofit organizati...

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