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Ditch the Math Worksheets and Stop Killing Kids' Curiosity

Too many early-childhood educators think math and play are mutually exclusive. They don't have to be, writes education professor Kathy Liu Sun. (May 6, 2019)

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The city of Cleveland has a successful high-quality preschool program. Eric Gordon and Marcia Egbert explain why it works.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Preschool suspensions promote failure, not success, for vulnerable students, write education professors Denisha Jones and Diane Levin.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
New research offers clues on deaf children's language development and on other cognitive disorders, such as autism, in both hearing and nonhearing children.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Researchers compared the experiences of kindergarten teachers in 1998 and 2010, and found dramatic differences in their expectations for students and how they structured their classrooms.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
In the first few weeks of his tenure, acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. has made it clear he'll keep up the rhetorical drumbeat on educational equity.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
A new wave of projects explores why the benefits seen in many academic interventions aren't sustained as students move through school.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
The president uses his final State of the Union address to make clear he will press Congress and his successor to continue unfinished pieces of his education agenda.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act locks into law a $250 million grant program to support states as they develop preschool programs and directs money to state early-childhood literacy efforts.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
On accountability, the bill rocketing through Congress departs from key priorities embraced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan in his seven-year tenure, while firming up his influence on early-education and innovation.
December 9, 2015 – Education Week

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