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Dialogue on a Content-Rich Elementary Experience

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A blog I created sharing a taxonomy of views on personalized learning ranging from content-centric to student-centered resulted in this spirited email dialogue with education leaders about the role of content in developing language proficiency.

35 Must-Read Children’s Books for Back to School

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Today is National Book Lovers Day! Do you know a kiddo who loves books? Or a kiddo who doesn’t love books, but you think they just haven’t found the right ones? Check out these 35 great options.

Smart Review | Cubetto: Teaching Coding Without a Screen

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How can parents help introduce and get their young children interested in coding, while still limiting time on a device? Cubetto is a wooden robot designed to teach kids as young as three years old to code without a screen.

Elly Goes on Tour to Teach Students Healthy Eating Habits

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By: Joyce Sun. Why is there such disconnect between what individuals know they should eat and what they actually choose for their body? Here, we take a look at strategies for teaching students how to eat healthily.

Why the Baby Brain Can Learn Two Languages at the Same Time

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By: Naja Ferjan Ramirez. Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult it can be. Here, we look at why babies are better able to learn two languages.

The Results Are In: Kindergarten Transition Programs Work

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By: Philip dela Houssaye and Fernando Madrid. Starting kindergarten off on the right foot is one of the strongest indicators of a child’s success in school. Here are four key takeaways from our district’s Early Kindergarten Transition (EKT) program.

Getting Smart Podcast | Why Language Learning Matters: Parent and Student Voices

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Parent and student perspectives are often left out of education conversations, so in this episode of the podcast, we capture ideas and insights around language learning from several members of these two important education stakeholders.

Building a Community of Readers: A Collective Impact Model

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By: Todd Brekhus. Seeing the positive effects of parental engagement, school districts across the country are taking the next step and asking, “Why not tap the entire community?” Here are five best practices for this collective impact approach.

5 Pro Tips for Supporting Beginning Readers

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By: Mitch Center. Most kids want to grow up fast—they want to run before they’re steady on their feet walking, and swim in the deep end. With these pro tips, your kids can get a head start on reading more challenging "big kid" material.

Why Early Childhood Education Matters Now More than Ever

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By: Tammy Kwan. As the world continues to change at an ever-faster rate, how can we best prepare the next generation to flourish in this new economy? Moreover, how can we do it equitably? Early education is key.

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