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A mom’s thoughts on pre-K (Slate)

A mom’s thoughts on pre-K (Slate)

This piece by Melinda Wenner Moyer in Slate about the role of pre-K in a child’s development is unusual in its good, straight-forward sense.  While the headline emphasizes a comparison of preschool philosophies, Ms. Wenner Moyer actually collects in one short article a lot of good thinking about early childhood development.  Here’s a […]

Look at what Denver does for its four year olds

Look at what Denver does for its four year olds

Here is the Denver Preschool Program.  Basically, they rate the quality of each partner preschool and offer “tuition support” of up to $365/month, depending on family income, to help families send their kids  You can go here to see the tuition support calculator. They didn’t have to establish new programs. […]

New Hampshire’s approach to teacher evaluation

New Hampshire’s approach to teacher evaluation

Thinking about teacher evaluation Teachers should not be subjected to the corporate numbers game advocated by StudentsFirst and the corporate education reformers.  But, still, we do know that some teachers are better than others.  And in a rough way we know how to identify, say, the better 4th grade teachers: ask the […]

Fewer Incoming College Students Need Remediation, Research Shows (EdWeek)

The need for remedial courses to get high school graduates up to college speed has been an issue here in New Hampshire, with some legislators last year proposing fiscal penalties for high schools who’s students need remediation in New Hampshire colleges.  This new report does not have state-by-state statistics, but […]

NYT: Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success

NYT: Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success

An investment in early childhood development improves the chances kids at risk have for a good life, but the challenges are still daunting, as Jason DeParle describes in this amazing piece of reporting in  Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success – (NYTimes, 12/23/12). He tells […]

Invest in Coos Kids is organizing for early childhood development in the North Country

Invest in Coos Kids is organizing for early childhood development in the North Country

Invest in Coos Kids is a program of the Family Resource Center in Gorham.  They work with the wide variety of local organizations and state agencies to get the most help possible kids and their families from the time they are born until they enter first grade.  Incomes are lower and […]

Do you know about Spark NH?

Do you know about Spark NH?

If you are interested in early childhood development to close The Gap in New Hampshire, you want to know about Spark NH.  Governor Lynch appointed a federally mandated “early childhood advisory council” in 2010 and  it is now called Spark NH.  The council is working to develop a coordinated system of early […]

The importance of home visits in early childhood development, in today’s NYTimes

The importance of home visits in early childhood development, in today’s NYTimes

Kids who start behind in school tend to stay behind – and drop out.  Here’s an easy way to see it in NAEP Reading test.  Half as many lower income kids in New Hampshire are proficient at reading in the 4th grade.  By the 12th grade, The Gap is the same. […]

Linda Darling-Hammond on Finland and American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond, of Stanford, has been working for decades to improve American education and has a useful, global perspective.  Here, Dr. Darling-Hammond talks in basic terms about how US education needs to change to enable our kids to compete globally.  It’s a well-spent 10 minutes.