Tag: literacy

Michigan Moves on Preschool for All

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As President Biden’s American Families Plan meets opposition in Congress, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is moving forward with a $400 million dollar plan to expand the state’s Great Start Readiness Program so that it can provide free preschool to 22,000 more children. Whitmer wants to spend $255 million of federal funding and $150 million of state funds over three years...

Study Shows Preschool Boosts Graduation Rates

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New research shows that attending a Boston public preschool led to positive long-term impacts on educational attainment as attendees were more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college. The short-term effect of preschool on test scores was minimal, but there was a substantial impact on student behavior. Effects were larger for boys but did not differ...

Preschoolers Continue to Lose Learning Opportunities from Pandemic

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Children from 3 to 5 years of age have lost important learning opportunities due to the pandemic, according to a nationwide survey by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Preschool enrollment rates were down nearly a quarter across the nation, with in-person education down even more. Lost opportunities extended beyond the...

Take Poverty out of the Literacy Equation for Good

The federal economic stimulus package passed last month achieves something progressives have dreamed of for decades: monthly assistance for families in poverty with no application process, work requirements, nor restrictions on how the money is spent. This should result in an enormous improvement in...

The Science of Reading in Dual Language

“Literacy has two beginnings: one, in the world, the other, in each person who learns to read and write.”—Margaret MeekThis quote has continued to rewind and repeat in my mind as a more than 50-year research “war” re-emerges to declare to the educational world...

Study Shows Brain’s Innate Capacity for Reading

The human brain is predisposed to visualizing words, even before individuals acquire literacy, according to a team of researchers at Ohio State University. Their paper, published in Scientific Reports, focuses on a region of the brain known as the visual word form area (VWFA), which is used in identifying words and letters. The researchers analyzed MRI scans on 40 newborns and...

Low Adult Literacy Costs U.S. $2.2 Trillion a Year

According to a new study released by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Gallup examining the impact of adult literacy on the U.S. economy, the nation could be losing up to $2.2 trillion annually due to low adult literacy rates. "America's low literacy crisis is largely ignored, historically underfunded and woefully under-researched, despite being one of the great...

Get 50% Donation Boost Tomorrow (8/11/20) Only for PD, Books, Materials

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is boosting donations on DonorsChoose projects for one-day-only on August 11th, 2020 Starting at 7AM ET on Tuesday, August 11th, all live, approved projects will qualify for a 50% boost, while funds last. That means a $10 donation made on August 11th will become a $15 donation.  To qualify, teachers need to have a live,...

U.S. Upholds Constitutional Right to Literacy

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The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that all U.S. students have a right to a basic minimum education under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment and that literacy is essential to the exercising of other basic rights in response to an appeal filed in 2018 on behalf of Detroit public school...

Building a Community of Year-Round Readers

If recent data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is any indication, literacy education is a challenge across the country, with only 35% of fourth graders and 34% of eighth graders reading proficiently or better (https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/). In my district, Covert Public Schools, we face some additional challenges, including a 100% free and reduced lunch rate. Nearly 60%...
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