Harvard University Has A Bold Plan To Transform K-12 Education

In order to fix schools, policymakers and administrators should maybe stop focusing entirely on them. That’s the premise of a new, multiyear initiative from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which is working with six cities to help improve their education systems. The project, “By All Means: Redesigning Education to Restore Opportunity,” will look at a host of community factors…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are the top 5 Activities to Help your child become more social?

Set up regular “device free times” where you engage with your child. Use “device free” mealtimes to have quality discussions. Listen with empathy and interest to what your child says. Let your child see you doing nice things for others. Let your child see you remaining calm in challenging social interactions. Reading Kingdom will help your child express themselves better…

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

By Heather Schumaker for Salon.com “There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.” This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of Duke University, is startling to hear, no matter which side of the homework debate you’re on. Can it be true that the hours of lost playtime, power struggles and tears…

Reading Kingdom Review “My girls just love the program!”

“Reading came easily for the girls they were both reading simple books by the time they were 4. They were in first grade before I ever tried an actual phonics program. Because I thought they have to learn the phonics rules or they will never be able to spell or write. The girls quickly became frustrated with the rules that…

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn is a colorful book that teaches young readers about generosity. The book is reviewed by Melissa Y. at Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know: • Extra Yarn is a wonderful allegory, in the old-fashioned sense. • This picture book would make a great read aloud for all ages. • The book is a visual feast for…

Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

By  Kate Zernike for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — The fifth graders in Jade Cooney’s classroom compete against a kitchen timer during lessons to see how long they can sustain good behavior — raising hands, disagreeing respectfully and looking one another in the eye — without losing time to insults or side conversations. As reward for minutes without…