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Collected articles about new findings affecting Early Learning and Literacy Connections.
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Six 'E' Words Essential to Student Success

Six 'E' Words Essential to Student Success | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learning Forward's vision, our E6 statement, must become reality, defining education practice in every school system.
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A approach that applies to all levels of education.  It will keep us aiming higher....

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Early-Childhood Education: Policy, Research, and Funding, or Fad?

Early-Childhood Education: Policy, Research, and Funding, or Fad? | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Educational data and neuroscience both agree that the early years have significant influence on later school and life success. What are we waiting for?
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This article lines up studies with supportive studies regarding Early-Childhood Education.  It also reminds us of the competition for educational funding.  Do we have a successful lobby for this age?  An early start with proven results will ensure success for later education. While both ends of our PreK-12 need support, some agreement for shared funding should be the goal.  However, it often ends up as an 'all or nothing' decision. Politically speaking, decisions are not necessarily based on logic....

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Teacher Librarian - April 2013 digital edition

Teacher Librarian - April 2013 digital edition | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Many good articles - One important discussion regarding research and interpretation of results BEFORE applying new strategies or trying new programs.

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Well-written article about where the last 25 years has taken us - and where we just might be going...

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That!

The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That! | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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adding news and adventure to sharing research strategies!

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The Brain Guru | Maximize Your Student's Potential

The Brain Guru | Maximize Your Student's Potential | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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better learning....after the break ;0)

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Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired'

Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired' | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
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One of the best articles I've found that gives an even consideration of brain-based learning and applications.  As the author states, there is no silver bullet, but we can gain a better understanding of learning and add it to our plan of teaching in a way that students learn best.

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GSRP-evaluation-may-21-12.pdf

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This program, Great Start Readiness Program is similar to Head Start, the study follows students for 14 years, and gives credence to advantages gained by Early Learning Preschool.  It is a good analysis, well-documented on several levels of evaluation.

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The Early Literacy Crisis: A Mom Congress Special Report

The Early Literacy Crisis: A Mom Congress Special Report | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Too few books and too little time are adding up to a disaster for some of the nation's youngest learners.
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check the links on current reports......we have work to do!!!

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A Printable Guide to Social Media [#Infographic]

A Printable Guide to Social Media [#Infographic] | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Tips and tricks to keep in mind when using the latest online tools in school.
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Nicely done.....good comparisons and starting points.  Very helpful for explanations and evaluations. 

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Why Our After-School Book Club Can't Wait to Get Its New E-Readers

Why Our After-School Book Club Can't Wait to Get Its New E-Readers | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
For reluctant readers, e-readers can engage students in ways print has not.
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Good perspective, as well as a reminder about using a variety of formats.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain

A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
"Neuroscience should be required for all students [of education] . . .
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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Trisha Riche' is a kindergarten inclusion teacher at R. L. Brown Elementary in Jacksonville, FL. The grade-level chair at her school, Trisha was selected as one of the top ten most innovative educat
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Adding interest through novelty - brain-based applications...

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Charting Pre-K's Value for All

Charting Pre-K's Value for All | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Universal pre-K holds benefits for middle-class children, as well as the poor, William T. Gormley Jr. writes.
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A balanced discussion of current findings, links to some data and a recommendation for support to establish and expand pre-K programs. 

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Saving Childhood

Saving Childhood | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
We want to save some sense for our students that childhood is different from adulthood. It is a special time, safe and loving, not a rehearsal for the stress of adulthood.
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Finally! An article that actually recognizes the effect of testing, testing, testing on children. Will it change perceptions? I hope it starts a reconsideration....

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Proper Role of Ed-Tech in Pre-K a Rising Issue

Proper Role of Ed-Tech in Pre-K a Rising Issue | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Educators see an important place for technology in the preschool classroom, but say it is just one of many learning tools that can be incorporated among a range of developmentally appropriate materials and activities.
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The key - developmentally appropriate.

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Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Parent involvement is the number one predictor of early literacy success and future academic achievement. However, according to a 2007 report by National Endowment for the Arts, there are more litera
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Reminders about how to develop good reading habits - Interacting with a child during and after reading a story or book helps to establish comprehension.  This skill is critical for learning in every subject.

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Brain Breaks | The Brain Guru

Brain Breaks | The Brain Guru | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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A pause to reset, comprehend and begin again.

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Weekly Brain Bytes | The Brain Guru

Weekly Brain Bytes | The Brain Guru | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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We can all agree that early experiences shape learning potential.  The more positive adventures we offer, the better our children will learn.

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Arne Duncan: Universal preschool is a sure path to the middle class

Arne Duncan: Universal preschool is a sure path to the middle class | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
The president’s plan for universal preschool has a proven track record.
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"High-quality preschool appears to propel better outcomes by enhancing non-cognitive skills such as persistence, self-control and emotion regulation — skills that depend on early brain development and social experiences and contribute to long-term academic outcomes and career success. "

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Poor Children Get Biggest Literacy Boost From Preschool

Poor Children Get Biggest Literacy Boost From Preschool | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
But benefits accrue to kids from more affluent families, researchers note
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In other words, quality preschool helps children from all types of backgrounds.

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Infant Brain Stimulation: How Playing With Your Baby Makes Her Smart

Infant Brain Stimulation: How Playing With Your Baby Makes Her Smart | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learn all about infant stimulation and how you can stimulate your baby's brain by playing with her. Get a list of infant stimulation games.
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simple. effective.

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Background for my Nerdy Book Club Post "Why I Think Wonder Didn't Win a Newbery"

Background for my Nerdy Book Club Post "Why I Think Wonder Didn't Win a Newbery" | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
I wrote this post on the Nerdy Book Club blog for a variety of reasons: - To model what it means to be a connected learner in front of 27 fifth graders. - To guide students on how to read text more...
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A really bright idea that involves student participation in a technological response....so empowering.

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Mind-Sets and Equitable Education

Mind-Sets and Equitable Education | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Because children need to know they have the power to learn...that they can work on growing new connections and working harder can make them smarter.

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A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom

A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
I took my handicapped dog of 15 years for a walk in the grass. Maddie has gone from not being able to walk on her hind legs (a neurological problem) to gradually being able to walk with an awkward, b
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take advantage of high interest to encourage research and expand learning.

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