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College Graduation Celebration Goes Bad!

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Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Three women go down to Mexico one night to celebrate college graduations, and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning, though none of them can rem…
 

The changing face of higher education

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The WSJ reports this morning that the University of North Carolina is now offering its MBA in an online format (UNC Makes Risky Online Bet, WSJ, 7/7/11, p. B6), becoming one of the first mainstream non-profit learning institutions to embrace online learning.  This …
 

How To Grow Your Bonsai

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Unlike office buildings or universities, an online collaboration can not be seen.  The word “collaboration” may even put some people off as sounding too “brainy”.  But, as any soccer mom knows, collaboration is a tangible part of everyday life.  It is a system…
 

Comics? Big Deal!

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I came across Byron Preiss in an old newspaper article.   He wanted to use comic books to teach kids how to read.  I wanted to learn more about him. so I started an Internet search for a man who built a publishing empire from a comic book and a dream  …
 

Money Talk At The Kitchen Table


I learned about money at the kitchen table. When I had a question about money – especially after I had started working part time in high school – I would sit down with my mom and dad and we would talk about what I needed to know. There was no set curriculum or lesson plan – …
 

Bullying is the problem: One solution is 'Operation Respect'

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Bullying is a common experience for many of our children. The effects of bullying can be profound and in certain instances even fatal. According to Mona O'Moore of the anti-Bullying Centre, Trinity College Dublin, "There is a growing body of research which indicates that ind…
 

Recession and the preschool child: Needs and wants

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It is never too early to get a firm handle on what is a need and what is a want. Thinking back in my life, and the lives of friends, I see that many moments of perceived distress were pegged to, or exacerbated by, the perception that something I “needed” was out of reach whe…
 

Technology in early childhood education

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What is the relationship between Technology and the preschool child? To click or not to click, that is the question. The utilization of computers and software for early childhood education is quite controversial. There are strong proponents and even more adamant opponents. I…
 

Lions and Tigers and Robots...Oh My!

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OK. So robots are now in the classroom.  They’re everywhere else so why not in school.  True, they are not very sophisticated but it will only be a matter of time before you won’t be able to walk through the cafeteria without stepping on one of these buggers.It…
 

Listening is Respect

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Listening is respect. I have often wondered why we have classes and awards for speaking skills but none for listening skills. Speaking and listening are two sides of the same coin. Listening, in general, and particularly when communicating with children is neglected as spea…
 

What's in a language!


Of the many languages that children are born with, the verbal is the most prized by society. As parents, we are in a hurry to teach our children to talk. We want them to have a rich repertoire of words and for them to use their vocabulary appropriately. Since most of us are …
 

Autism: Music, movement and the Mozart effect

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As a 'piano person', and former piano teacher, I have a deep respect and admiration for the impact that music can make in a person's life. As a former teacher of young children, I stand amazed at how the pull of music and musical activities can take a faltering classroom env…
 

Mr. Rogers and his impact to PBS funding

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There is a website that I discovered recently and return to consistently now: Reggio Inspired. I return to it because it is one of the most thoughtful, intellectual, and pragmatic early childhood places I have heretofore found. This is a place where teachers of young childre…
 

Early childhood literature based curriculum

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One of the greatest pleasures in life is a great read. Books are a window to places we can often only dream of. A well-written book can open perspective about nearly everything, which in turn can dramatically change not only a viewpoint, but also a person's "way of being". …
 

Infant stimulation in early childhood education

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Long before Kindergarten, before preschool and even before the first pair of pull-ups goes on, there is a barrage of events taking place in the area of cognitive development. One doesn’t simply go into a classroom and immediately assimilate all the pieces of knowledge requir…
 
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  • Data show more students leaving public schools for charters 29 May 2016 | 10:23 am

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban school districts from Los Angeles to Philadelphia are experiencing declining enrollment in traditional public schools as more parents enroll their children in charters, depleting millions in per-pupil funding from district budgets.

  • Oregon schools shut off water fountains after lead found 28 May 2016 | 5:36 pm

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Public Schools has shut down drinking fountains at all of its schools and will use bottled water for the remaining school year after tests at two schools found high levels of lead in water from sinks and fountains.

  • Portland schools failed protocols over high lead levels in water 28 May 2016 | 2:57 am

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Portland Public Schools failed to follow federal protocols and did not notify parents after high levels of lead were detected at two of its schools two months ago, the district said on Friday. Levels of lead, a toxic substance that can damage the nervous system, exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum were found in 14 fountains and sinks at Creston and Rose City Park in March, according to a statement released by the district on Friday. In an email to parents and staff on Friday, the Portland Public Schools said that it failed to follow EPA protocols when it kept the fountains and sinks supplied with water while it worked to replace and retest many of the fixtures.

  • Malaysia accepts 68 Syrian refugees 28 May 2016 | 2:34 am

    Syrian migrants arrive at Subang Air Force base in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2016Malaysia on Saturday received 68 Syrian refugees including 31 children out of a total of 3,000 it hopes to allow into the predominantly Muslim country with hundreds more expected soon. Last December, the Southeast Asian country accepted the first batch of 11 Syrian migrants who had relatives in Malaysia. Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said the Syrian migrants, who flew into Malaysia via Lebanon, will be allowed to work while the children will be able to attend public schools.


  • Court ruling raises possibility Kansas schools can't open 28 May 2016 | 1:23 am

    FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, center, asks a question to the state as they make their arguments in front of the Kansas Supreme Court, in Topeka, Kan. The judges are threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday, May 27, 2016, on a law that revised parts of the state's funding formula but resulted in no change in total funds for most of the state's 286 school districts (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP File) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas faces a threat that its public schools won't open for the next school year after the state Supreme Court rejected some education funding changes made by the Republican-dominated Legislature.


  • Top Kansas court: State not properly funding poor schools 27 May 2016 | 9:00 pm

    FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, center, asks a question to the state as they make their arguments in front of the Kansas Supreme Court, in Topeka, Kan. The judges are threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday, May 27, 2016, on a law that revised parts of the state's funding formula but resulted in no change in total funds for most of the state's 286 school districts (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP File) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday rejected some education funding changes enacted by the Legislature earlier this year and threatened to prevent the state's public schools from reopening for the new academic year if lawmakers don't act by June 30.


  • Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes, renews threat to close state's public schools 27 May 2016 | 5:03 pm

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes, renews threat to close state's public schools.

  • Illinois lawmakers focus on funding fix for Chicago schools 27 May 2016 | 4:56 pm

    A funding fix for the fiscally challenged Chicago Public Schools is taking center stage in the final days of the Illinois legislature's spring session, with the Democratic-led Senate passing two bills on Friday. The nation's third-largest public school system has relied on borrowing and bank lines of credit to limp through the current school year and is facing a $1 billion fiscal 2017 budget deficit largely due to escalating pension payments. With CPS officials demanding an end to the state's insufficient and "discriminatory" funding formula, the legislature, which ends its spring session on Tuesday, has been hit with a flurry of plans.

  • A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights 27 May 2016 | 2:27 pm

    Legislation has been proposed in states across the country addressing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including some proposals that critics say would legalize discrimination. Many of the proposals would protect clergy, businesses and those who decline to employ or serve people based on religious beliefs. Eleven states — Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Texas — announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Here's a look at legislation around the country:

  • 3 Health Insurance Options for New College Graduates 27 May 2016 | 5:15 am

    3 Health Insurance Options for New College GraduatesHere’s something else that today’s college grads need to consider: health insurance. If you’ve previously had health insurance through school, you may be able to continue that coverage for a month or two, but you’ll have to check with your policy to find out. You’ll also have to make sure you’ll be able to access in-network providers, which may include only the university health center, after graduation.