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Four Things You Need to Know about “Summer Melt”

The American Educational Research Association reported this month that researchers at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University have concluded a four-year study of Kindergarten students’ ability to sustain learning in the summer. They discovered, as have earlier studies, that the “summer melt” applies to not only reading and mathematics performance, but other areas, too. […]

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Sleep Gains Increase Academic Performance

Science Daily reported this month that McGill University has completed a study of elementary school students linking sleep and grades. The study found that even small increases in sleep can improve academic performance (English and math were the areas tested). Regular bedtimes and routines that lead to relaxation and rest are important aspects of securing […]

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Monitoring Common Core

Earlier in the year, I wrote about the differences between Common Core and Core Knowledge, noting that they are not the same. Since then, much has happened to this public school reform movement. In the March 23, 2016 issue, Education Week, reported that support for the Common Core public school initiative is losing momentum. Initially, […]

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Four Things You Need to Know about the New SAT

In the world of college admissions, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) remains a staple application experience akin to the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) at our level. The SAT is not without controversy and over 200 colleges and universities are processing applicants without regard to SAT scores. A new four-section plus essay edition of the […]

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Developing EQ

Denise Daniels, who designs programs for pediatricians, wrote in a recent U.S. News and World Report about the keys to developing children’s “emotional quotient” or EQ. She says, “EQ is the process by which children learn to recognize and manage their emotions. Decades of research show that children who learn EQ skills are more likely […]

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Five Trends on Parenting Today

Renee Stepler of the Pew Research Center recently reported on five parenting trends, which include: 1) A declining share of children is raised in two-parent households. In fact, the majority of children are in households other than the traditional first marriage types. 26% of children are raised by one parent. Net: family structures are more […]

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The Three Best Diets for Healthy Brains

In the new Scientific American Mind (March/April 2016, pp. 27-33), Bret Stetka reports on the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry. New evidence is linking stereotypically western diets of processed and fatty foods to increased levels of inflammation, which is linked to depression, anxiety and other neurological disorders. So what’s good to eat? Mediterranean, Scandanavian and […]

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