March 19, 2015
K-2 assessments changing to adapt to the Common Core.
February 11, 2015
Mixing academic software programs with traditional classroom instruction – often referred to as blended learning – is moving from high schools and middle schools to the early grades, even reaching some 4-year-olds in transitional kindergarten.
December 4, 2014
An after-school program at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere to help students grasp the Next Generation Science Standards, which are starting to be implemented statewide. The standards include integrating engineering design into science education.
October 27, 2014
Of the panoply of reforms now being implemented in California schools, the one affecting the state’s youngest public school students passed almost unnoticed this fall. California children now have to be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten.
July 31, 2014
The message that it’s critically important to later learning for parents and caregivers to speak, sing and read to young children has hit prime time. Two popular TV shows, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and ABC’s “The Fosters,” have recently featured characters talking about the cognitive gains that come from talking to children.
July 23, 2014
Hillary Clinton spoke at Oakland's Benioff Children's Hospital about her new campaign to get parents to spend more time talking, singing and reading to their young children. Oakland will be the second city – the first was Tulsa, Oklahoma – to receive a concentrated dose of messaging about the importance of verbally engaging infants and toddlers.
August 5, 2013
Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats. “There’s a lot of books here, really good books,” said 9-year-old Melanie Garcia-Macia, who sat with her back to a big red bookshelf at the end of a long line of washing machines at the Clean Express Coin Laundry in Richmond one recent Wednesday. A copy of “The Night Before Christmas” was splayed open on her lap.
May 5, 2013
The Children’s Center at CalTech, designed for children ranging in age from 6 months to 5 years old, places a significant focus on math and science. Children who enter kindergarten with a strong grasp of basic math concepts – like where a number might fall on a number line – were more likely to be succeeding in math and reading by fifth grade, according to research by economist Greg Duncan.