Hunger And Homelessness Are Widespread Among College Students, Study Finds

By Vanessa Romo for NPR.org As college students grapple with the rising costs of classes and books, mortgaging their futures with student loans in exchange for a diploma they’re gambling will someday pay off, it turns out many of them are in great financial peril in the present, too. More than a third of college students don’t always have enough…

Ask Dr. Blank: Parenting in Education: How do you model reading for children in the digital age?

Dr. Marion Blank (Founder of ReadingKingdom.com) answers: Modeling is a fabulous teaching technique. It represents the process by which a novice learns a skill through observing and copying someone who is proficient, or better yet, expert at the activity. In certain realms, such as those involving motor sequences, (e.g., fishing, dancing) it is a fabulous way to teach— and to…

The 9 states where teachers have it worst

By Aimee Picchi / MoneyWatch The teacher crisis has been brewing for more than a decade. The recession hurt local tax receipts, which led to a cut in school funding and teacher layoffs. Nationally, teacher pay is 1.6 percent below their average earnings in 1999 and 5 percent lower than their 2009 pay, adjusted for inflation, according to the Department…

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Recommended Reading for Kids: The Phantom Toll Booth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended books for children. Reading expert and Reading Kingdom creator, Dr. Marion Blank explains why: Do you ever hear your child complaining that “I’m bored.” or “It’s boring.” Then this book provides the perfect remedy. It’s an adventure novel about a boy named Milo who tops the list of bored children….

Every single teacher on a crowd-funding site just got their wishes fulfilled

By AJ Willingham, CNN When it comes to educating America’s children, how much of a difference could $29 million make? Could it send a second grader on a school trip to the museum, or provide updated equipment to a class of budding scientists? It can. In fact, it can do it 35,647 times. Ripple, a cryptocurrency and international payment company, has…