It is peak season for summer vacations, and there is a lot of early education reading you can tuck into your bag with your novels, glossy magazines and tablets.
Summer is a season of play, though it has an important role in the classroom, and National Public Radio explores its power and importance in a new series. You can start with “Where The Wild Things Play,” which explores a wild playground near San Francisco.
(Wild playgrounds) embrace the theory that free, unstructured play is vital for children and offer an antidote to the hurried lifestyles, digital distractions and overprotective parents that can leave children few opportunities to really cut loose.
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Early education debate
School is out, but the debate over early education reform continues and there was fresh fodder in recent weeks.
- “Streamlining in Early Ed Doesn’t Mean Eliminating Programs”
- The National Institute for Early Education Research, Preschool Matters, examines another important aspect — how early educator evaluators are measured — in “Evaluating the Teacher Evaluators.”
So streamlining, as we define it in Beyond Subprime Learning, means something entirely different. Rather than simply reducing the number of programs, we recommend that policymakers try to intentionally combine the collection of early education programs into a true system.
— EdCentral, New America Foundation.
(You can explore New America’s recommendations and ideas for early learning in its recent in-depth report: “Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education.”)
Importance of inclusion
A new study suggests inclusive classrooms, with a mix of students with disabilities and students developing on more typical paths, can encourage language development.
While kids with disabilities saw a big boost from attending class with children with strong language skills, researchers note that the kids with the greatest abilities did not see any downside from interacting with those who were not as advanced.