What Parents and Child Care Providers Want Their Elected Leaders to Know
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by Emily Tate Sullivan
1d ago
Child care concerns have reached a boiling point for parents and providers, and it’s become increasingly difficult for families to afford essentials like health care and housing. Those are among the top findings outlined in a special anniversary report from the RAPID Survey Project at the Stanford Center on Early Childhood, which highlights data from a survey that asked caregivers of young children what they want their policymakers to know about how they are doing and what they need. RAPID has received almost 30,000 responses. The report comes as a U.S. presidential election — one that RAPID l ..read more
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AI Might Save Teachers Time. But What Is the Cost?
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by Evi Wusk
2d ago
As an educator reading headline after headline about AI in education, it’s hard to not get lost in an existential tailspin to the tune of Billie Eilish’s “What was I made for?” (if AI can do all of this.) Integrating generative AI into education is complex. The field of AI is the Wild West right now — we’re working it out as we go. As an assistant professor of edtech, I often think about the implications of AI on teaching and learning, especially as I experiment with implementing various practices and approaches with the pre-service educators I teach. I’m excited about the potential AI holds ..read more
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How I Used Basketball to Help Black Boys Embrace Emotional Wellness
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by Clementina Jose
1w ago
"It would be amazing if the boys were able to find their voices and develop confidence before they go into high school," my supervisor remarked during a meaningful conversation about Black boys in our school. She expressed genuine concern about the challenges many staff members faced in effectively relating to and supporting Black boys. She noted that the boys would often have emotional outbursts in class, and when confronted about their behavior, they would become unresponsive and disengaged. This lack of engagement was evident as they avoided eye contact by looking down, fidgeting with their ..read more
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Should College Become Part of High School?
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by Jeffrey R. Young
1w ago
Last year, when Jayla Arensberg was a sophomore at Burnsville High School near St. Paul, Minnesota, a teacher showed her a flier saying that a program at the school could save her $25,000 on college. “I said, ‘I really need that,’” the student remembers. She was interested in college, but worried that the cost could keep her from pursuing higher education. “College is insanely expensive,” she says. So she applied and got accepted to the high school’s “Associate of Arts Degree Pathway,” which essentially turns junior and senior year of high school into a two-year college curriculum. All this ..read more
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Home Visiting Programs Aren’t Just for Families. They Can Support Child Care Providers Too.
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by Emily Tate Sullivan
1w ago
Soon after Miriam Bravo began watching her 2-year-old grandson full-time, she realized that many years had passed since she was last responsible for a young child. Feeling a bit rusty, she turned to the internet to seek out activities suitable for little Tadeo and advice for how best to support him. She found some resources online, such as songs to sing with him, but Bravo wanted more. Bravo is part of a group of caregivers often referred to as family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers. Although this is the most common non-parental child care arrangement in the United States, used by million ..read more
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How One District Takes STEM Learning to the Next Level
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by Sophia Mendoza
1w ago
This is part of a three-article series covering key principles to consider when building out computer science programs in your academic setting. Read the other articles here and here. At the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), one of the largest and most diverse school districts in the United States, we constantly plan new educational programs, prioritizing equitable access and ensuring students graduate prepared for success in college, career and life. Innovative STEM programming requires a willingness to adopt emerging tools and technologies, as well as methodologies like project-ba ..read more
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Kids Say They’re ‘Fine,’ But Parents Worry About Enough Mental Health Support
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by Nadia Tamez-Robledo
1w ago
What do parents want from schools when it comes to support for their children’s mental health? Parsing education data into snack-sized servings. Mainly, it’s to feel safe. That’s according to the most recent data from Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit that promotes physical and mental well-being for school-aged children. The report results come from a survey of about 1,000 parents with children in K-12 schools in December 2023. Parents’ concerns about their kids’ mental health ranged from worries about stress — “The pressure that is put on kids to do well on tests is overwhelming sometimes ..read more
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Latest AI Announcements Mean Another Big Adjustment for Educators
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by Jeffrey R. Young
1w ago
Tech giants Google, Microsoft and OpenAI have unintentionally assigned educators around the world major homework for the summer: Adjusting their assignments and teaching methods to adapt to a fresh batch of AI features that students will enter classrooms with in the fall. Educators at both schools and colleges were already struggling to keep up with ChatGPT and other AI tools during this academic year, but a fresh round of announcements last month by major AI companies may require even greater adjustments by educators to preserve academic integrity and to accurately assess student learning, te ..read more
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When Teaching Students Math, Concepts Matter More Than Process
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by Nicola Hodkowski
2w ago
As a mathematics education researcher, I study how math instruction impacts students' learning, from following standard math procedures to understanding mathematical concepts. Focusing on the latter, conceptual understanding often involves understanding the “why” of a mathematical concept; it’s the reasoning behind the math rather than the how or the steps it takes to get to an answer. So often, in mathematics classrooms, students are shown steps and procedures for solving math problems and then required to demonstrate their rote memorization of these steps independently. As a result, students ..read more
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Should Chatbots Tutor? Dissecting That Viral AI Demo With Sal Khan and His Son
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by Jeffrey R. Young
2w ago
Should AI chatbots be used as tutors? That question has been in the air since ChatGPT was released in late 2022, and since then many developers have experimented with using the latest generative AI technology as a tutor. But not everyone thinks this is a good idea, since the tech is prone to “hallucinations,” where chatbots make up facts, and there’s the bigger issue of whether any machine can fill in for a human in something as deeply personal as one-on-one tutoring. A video demo of the latest version of ChatGPT tutoring a student that went viral on YouTube has brought fresh attention to th ..read more
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