What States Would Do if They Won the Early Learning Challenge

Sometime in the next few weeks, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will announce the winners of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge competition.  A total of 35 states, DC and the Puerto Rico submitted applications vying for a slice of the $500 million pie, and insiders have predicted […]

Sunday Schools – After Bronx Household of Faith v. Board

By refusing the church’s latest appeal in Bronx Household of Faith v. New York City Board of Education, 11-386, the United States Supreme Court today gave a final judicial green light to the Department of Education’s controversial ban on renting schools for religious services.   While only persuasive nationally, the now-final Second Circuit ruling settles […]

Ganging Up to Fight Bullying

Fighting bullying requires a collective, collaborative effort among teachers, parents and school administrators. This segment explores the barriers to effective school/home collaboration against bullying, along with strategies to overcome them.     To Read:     Working with Parents of Bullies and Victims by Walter B. Roberts, Jr.: http://www.amazon.com/Working-Parents-Bullies-Victims-Roberts/dp/1412951046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322840160&sr=1-1 The Bully Action Guide: How to Help […]

Emotions in Students

  Recent Discovery   First, there are gender differences in our emotional system.   Second, there are speed differences in our responses.   Third, our amygdala is not all that automatic; it is regulated by attentional bias and personality differences.   It is also regulated by whether you are a low or high anxiety subject […]

Virtual Classroom for Young Children?

  My hair stood on end. That’s the best way I can describe my reaction to the article in the Washington Post reporting that Virginia public schools were paying for some young children to learn “virtually.”   When I think of virtual education, my mind goes immediately to the online course I teach for Northern Virginia […]

Integral Education

“The role of the teacher is to put the child upon the right road to his own perfection and encourage him to follow it, watching, suggesting, helping, but not imposing or interfering.” Kireet Joshi   The trend to consider the “whole” child when teaching has been at the forefront of early childhood education for years […]

Early Learning Programs Win Federal Innovation Grants

Five of the 23 winners of the latest round of the Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition included early learning as a focus. This means about $26 million from i3 will likely go to support early learning projects, focusing on children from birth through third grade. The winners will become official i3 grantees […]

Proposal to Change Federal Program For Disadvantaged Students

Last month, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released a proposal for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) formerly known as No Child Left Behind. Yesterday, Harkin and his counterpart on the Senate’s education panel, Mike Enzi (R-WY), released a revised version of the proposal, reportedly to include more of what Senate Republicans want. Much […]

Senate Bill Proposes Changes to ESEA, With a Few for Early Ed

Earlier this fall, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, released a draft of a comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind.   While the bill does not include a new Title within ESEA that focuses directly on early […]

Create Your Own Outdoor Magic: DIY Natural Playspace Coaching– a new approach

We know, and an extensive body of rigorous scientific research confirms that children who have access to green and natural play and learning spaces are healthier and less stressed, concentrate and learn better, and get along better with peers. Connecting children to nature and creating beautiful outdoor spaces is my passion, and as a landscape […]