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Report: Coaching is a promising PD strategy for early educators


January 10, 2018
Linda Jacobson

Dive Brief: As school leaders plan professional learning for their teachers,  a new report  provides guidance on effective coaching models for teachers working with young children. “Primetime for Coaching: Improving Instructional Coaching in Early Childhood Education,” from Bellwether Education Partners, recommends that administrators choose coaching strategies that fit into an overall professional development approach, consider cost-effective options, such…

Why St. Paul Public Schools wants its preschoolers to stay all day


January 10, 2018
Josh Verges

St. Paul Public Schools is offering more free, full-day classes for 4-year-olds in hopes they’ll stick around for kindergarten. The district’s voluntary preschool program has room for 504 full-day students this year, up from 264 the year before. They’ve pared the number of half-day seats by 160, to 1,479. Lori Erickson, assistant director of early…

Bill Dodd floats universal pre-school bill for CA


January 10, 2018
Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

A bill designed to provide preschool to all 4-year-olds statewide was introduced by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), his office announced. “Adopting universal preschool is an investment in our future that will pay dividends for years to come,” Dodd said in a statement. “As a father and a grandfather, I know that there is no more…

MSU leads effort to boost preschoolers writing skills


January 9, 2018

Working with preschool classrooms in Flint, Michigan, and Atlanta, a Michigan State University scholar is leading a federally funded initiative to improve young students’ writing skills. The $1.5 million initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, comes as a vast majority of older students are performing at only a basic level in writing,  according to national test results  in…

Principal Prep in New Jersey (and Much of the Country) Lacks Early Ed Focus


January 9, 2018
Abbie Lieberman

While a great deal of time, research, and funding has been dedicated to trying to improve teacher quality, less investment has been directed toward improving the effectiveness of another key contributor to student success: school leaders. In fact, research shows that after teachers, principals are the most important in-school factor impacting student achievement. In addition…

Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?


January 9, 2018
Jeneen Interlandi

Many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin. Would improving their training — and their pay — improve outcomes for their students? One snowy February morning at the Arbors Kids preschool branch in downtown Springfield, Mass., 38-year-old Kejo Kelly crouched low over a large, faded carpet and locked eyes with a blond-haired boy…

As CHIP Funding Nears Expiration, Study Warns that Half of All Kids Under 4 Depend on Publicly Provided Health Care


January 8, 2018
Kevin Mahnken

As  Congress debates  whether to approve a long-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a recently released  brief from the Urban Institute  has spotlighted the initiative’s importance to young families. Nearly half of all American children under the age of 4 receive health care coverage under CHIP or Medicaid, along with 20 percent of their parents. CHIP covers 8.9 million children…

Childhood literacy starts at a very early age at QNL


January 8, 2018
Hind Al-Khulaifi

Too often, we associate learning with formal education settings, most notably schools. However, research has shown again and again that the first three years of a child’s life is critical to their growth and development. As such, it is imperative that parents foster a love of learning in their children as early as possible, and…

Fewer pre-K seats are available in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina


January 5, 2018
Willborn P. Nobles III

There are fewer pre-K options available to New Orleans parents today than there were before the school system transitioned to charters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to a recent study. Charter school leaders discussed their reasons for offering or not offering pre-K programs, in a study released Dec. 7 by  Tulane University ‘s Education Research Alliance for…

U.S. Education in 2017 in 10 Charts


January 4, 2018

Numbers can sometimes explain an issue better even than words. The charts, graphs, maps, and visualizations below all feature data that were released this year and convey some big takeaways about U.S. schools, students, and teachers in 2017.