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When is work play?

When is work play?

When my oldest daughter, now a teacher in Nevada, was young she rode horses. We lived far from the barn and so she didn’t get to go to the barn everyday but only a few times each week. So when she did get to the barn she gave it her all. continue reading »

Cash for Grades?

Cash for Grades?

Privately funded programs try paying students to boost achievement. continue reading »

Return on Educational Investment -A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity

Return on Educational Investment -A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity

This report is the culmination of a yearlong effort to study the efficiency of the nation’s public education system and includes the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. continue reading »

Study: After Two yrs College-45% No Significant Gain in Knowledge, after 4 Years Not a Lot Better

Study: After Two yrs College-45% No Significant Gain in Knowledge, after 4 Years Not a Lot Better

45% of the nations college attendees show no gains in knowledge during their first two years in college, while after four years 36% showed little change in knowledge. This is being attributed to the fact that Instructors tend to be more focused on their research than teaching the new students. continue reading »

More Financial Aid Will Yield More College Graduates

More Financial Aid Will Yield More College Graduates

Last year, student loans were the target. Now, US Department of Education Deputy Secretary Tony Miller wants to overhaul financial aid in its entirety. The goal: To not only make college and university studies accessible to students, but to encourage students to obtain degrees. continue reading »

“Does Your School Need a Fresh Start?”—A New Publication for Parents in English an

“Does Your School Need a Fresh Start?”—A New Publication for Parents in English an

The Department of Education has unveiled a new publication that helps explain its program for turning low-performing schools into examples of educational excellence. continue reading »

Good Grades in High School Lead to Better Health, Study Finds

Good Grades in High School Lead to Better Health, Study Finds

The “A” grades that high schoolers earn aren’t just good for making the honor roll — they also make them healthier as adults, too. Studies have long shown that education is linked to better health, but new research by Pamela Herd, continue reading »

FBI- A Parents Guide to Internet Safety, What To Do..

FBI- A Parents Guide to Internet Safety, What To Do..

While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway. continue reading »

How to Invest in Your Children’s Education

How to Invest in Your Children’s Education

When you look at the costs of attending college the numbers can look quite horrid. According to The College Board, four years at a state university cost an average of $23,000, while four years at a private university costs an average of almost $90,000. If your child wishes to attend an elite university, costs can be even higher. continue reading »

Violence and Language

Violence and Language

It is hard to not to be thinking about the violence that recently took place in Arizona. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were present at the shooting, but I am also thinking of us, the American public, as a whole. continue reading »

Three Big Ideas for Addressing Preschool Language and Literacy Learning

Three Big Ideas for Addressing Preschool Language and Literacy Learning

The challenges of preschool are growing. To help us meet those challenges, especially in the world of language and literacy learning, we can turn to such trusted voices as Dr. Catherine Snow of Harvard University continue reading »

Surround Yourself with Positive Energy

Surround Yourself with Positive Energy

Those around you have a big impact on how you are feeling and your ability to attract other people. Positive people help you build your own self confidence and help you see the possibilities around you. Negative people chip away at your confidence and add very little to moving forward. continue reading »

My Child is in Middle School- When Should I Consider College?

My Child is in Middle School- When Should I Consider College?

Many students attend a four-year college after high school graduation. They earn a degree once they have completed a program of study. A four-year college usually offers a bachelor’s degree in the arts (e.g., English, history, drama) or sciences (e.g., biology, computer science, engineering). Some four-year colleges offer advanced degrees such as a master’s or other graduate degree. continue reading »

Bullying Prevention and Response

Bullying Prevention and Response

For children and youth to thrive in their schools and communities, they need to feel safe and be safe — socially, emotionally, and physically. They need to feel as if they belong, and they need to feel valued. Youth, parents, schools, communities, continue reading »

U of I Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Mentor Latino Students

U of I Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Mentor Latino Students

Latino faculty at the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) are taking the lead to mentor the next generation of Latino scientists through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recently awarded to Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, Sandra Rodriguez Zas, Maria Villamil, and Jesse Thompson. continue reading »