Category Archives: Education

Celebrating Head Start at 50: How Lessons from Head Start Can Inform an Agenda for America’s Poor Children

Posted at http://www.clasp.org/whats-next/celebrating-head-start-at-50 By Olivia Golden Signed into law by President Johnson on May 18, 1965, Head Start celebrated its 50th anniversary early this week.  When I had the chance to speak about the anniversary at April’s National Head Start … Continue reading

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Urge Our Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Strong Start for America’s Children Act

From the National Women’s Law Center (http://www.nwlc.org/): Setting children up for success means giving them a strong start. It means ensuring that they have access to high-quality early childhood education programs so they can get set on a path to … Continue reading

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Individualism vs. Community: the Tragedy of Small Thinking and Small Hopes

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/individualism-vs-community-the-tragedy-of-small-thinking-and-small-hopes/ Arthur Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology, but Camins is a humanist, not a technocrat.  In a new piece at Huffington Post, Camins explains … Continue reading

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Personal Grit Won’t Do It; We Must Address Structural Inequality

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/personal-grit-wont-do-it-we-must-address-structural-inequality/ It’s becoming clear that the American Dream is increasingly a myth, that America is not really a meritocracy, and that it’s become virtually impossible to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” these days if you are very … Continue reading

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How the Achievement Gap Has Cost Pennsylvania Dozens of Billions of Dollars

Posted at https://thirdandstate.org/2015/may/how-achievement-gap-has-cost-pennsylvania-dozens-billions-dollars Posted by Waslala Miranda on May 15, 2015 11:56 am On May 6, researchers showed how the achievement gap and underlying inequality in Pennsylvania schools held back academic and economic performance and how resolving those problems would allow … Continue reading

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$5,000 Mini-Grants Available to Schools for Farm to School Activities—Deadline June 15

The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications from eligible schools or school districts in Pennsylvania for these $5,000 mini grants to help jump start new farm to school activities or ramp up existing programs. Grants can be used … Continue reading

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Take Action Now on Education in PA—May 12 and 14

Early Childhood Action Day—May 12, Harrisburg and Virtual From Pre-K for PA (http://www.prekforpa.org/): Join fellow advocates, educators, parents, child care providers and other Pre-K for PA supporters on Tuesday, May 12th for a day of inspiration, education and action as … Continue reading

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Standardized Tests Distort Schooling: Experts Reflect on Authentic Learning

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/standardized-tests-distort-schooling-experts-reflect-on-authentic-learning/ Federal school policy these days is limiting what children study at school.  The tests mandated by No Child Left Behind, the federal testing law, measure students’ progress in language arts and math.  Students are also tested in … Continue reading

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PA School Funding Lawsuit Dismissed

From Education Voters of Pennsylvania (http://www.educationvoterspa.org/): We are disappointed that on Tuesday the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania dismissed the school funding lawsuit, citing that the courts have no role to play in ensuring that the state legislature adhere to the … Continue reading

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Students’ Race Affects How Teachers Judge Misbehavior, Study Says

Education Week Teacher “Racial disparities in school discipline are well-documented … A new study … aims to dig a little deeper into this by looking at how a student’s race may play into teachers’ reactions to discipline problems … Studies … Continue reading

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