Hidden crisis: D.C.-area students owe nearly half a million in K-12 school lunch debt

By Heather Long for The Washington Post As students in the Washington area went home for winter break, a substantial number were in debt — to the school cafeteria. Students in the Washington area owe nearly half a million dollars so far this school year in “lunch debt,” according to an analysis by The Washington Post. These are K-12 students…

Ask Dr. Blank: Students with physical disabilities require certain technologies to keep up with other classmates. How can we make sure these technologies are readily available in every school in America?

This is an excellent question—but one that unfortunately cannot receive an upbeat response.  American education varies greatly, state by state; then within each state, funding is based on local school districts and the tax base that is available in that district. So richer districts have better infrastructure, higher paid staff, smaller class size and on and on.  By contrast, Finland…

America Is Losing Its Teachers at a Record Rate

By Don Resinger for fortune.com Frustrated by little pay and better opportunities elsewhere, public school teachers and education employees in the United States are quitting their jobs at the fastest rate on record. During the first 10 months of the year, public educators, including teachers, community college faculty members, and school psychologists, quit their positions at a rate of 83 per 10,000, Labor…

Reading Kingdom Review: “It’s so easy for kids to use and even easier for me to see his progress.”

“Reading Kingdom is an online reading program that teaches kids ages 4-10 to read and write. It is the only online reading program that uses the “Phonics-PLUS” decoding system. Typically kids are taught to read using phonics and sight words but reading kingdom uses 6 different ways of teaching reading. All of these strategies are built into the lessons your…

Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey  is the story of a young boy and his friends who visit a fantasy land and learn to use their imaginations when it comes to life.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know: • This is a fantasy about the perfect place to be a child.• Jack’s life in…

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound

By Maryanne Wolf for theguardian.com Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at all, but hunch over video games. Parents and other passengers read on Kindles or skim a flotilla of email and news feeds. Unbeknownst to most of…