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There are a group of signs popping up all over the Triangle that have been confusing people who drive by. A simple white sign with red and blue letters saying: YRNT SQZP APXL! So what does it mean? "The sign actually doesn't say anything," explained Mary Carey, founder of BootstrapsPAC. "It's interesting that it frustrates so many adults because they can't read one sign when we're representing all the kids who can't read any signs."
The New York Public Library is risking the wrath of kids of all ages with a new list of the 100 most popular children's books of the last 100 years that omits many favorites. Of course, plenty of the rugrat must-reads on the alphabetical list are beloved classics, including "Winnie-the-Pooh," "Charlotte's Web," "Where the Wild Things Are," "Make Way for Ducklings," "The Cat in the Hat," and "Curious George." But so many classics -- "The Little Engine that Could," "A Light in the Attic," "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" -- were left in the remainder bin.
Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing. But Ravitch recently -- and very publicly -- changed her mind. She looked at the data and decided that the kinds of changes she'd supported weren't working. Now she's a prominent critic of things like charter schools and school choice -- and she's particularly opposed to privatizing schools.
On Thursday, October 3 from 1 pm - 2 pm EDT, the PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group will host a webinar, A Portrait of PreK-3rd Grade Alignment in San Antonio. Registration is now open here. This webinar will showcase San Antonio, Texas, highlighting how the city has followed a Prek-3rd grade approach to reshape early childhood and family support services. Speakers will share lessons and specific examples about the collaborative system they have built to provide high quality, complementary and connected educational opportunities for children from pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Apple trees heavy with fruit, fat pumpkins waiting to be chosen at the farm; autumn harvests, with their reckless abundance and promise of feasts to come, suggest an enduring North American heritage more than those of any other season. In four new children's books, three of them bilingual, the pleasures of gathering and preparing food are paramount.
For more than the past decade, states have worked to build quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) to help rate and improve child care centers and preschool programs. The quality ratings, often displayed as symbols (such as stars), inform families about the quality of prospective child care centers. The ratings also help leaders identify programs that are not meeting quality standards set by the state. But is a highly-rated pre-K program more effectively preparing children for kindergarten in comparison to preschool programs with lower ratings? Not necessarily, according to a new study published in Science Magazine.
In the UK, computer games offering "stealth learning" have been used by many schools. But the big developers have generally, so far at least, not been keen to get involved. Angry Birds creator Rovio has brought Angry Birds Playground, a schools initiative devised with the University of Helsinki in Finland, into the kindergarten classroom of children, aimed at six-year-olds. And it is not just the same edition of Angry Birds re-packaged: it is using the now-famous characters in new education-based games and a "full 360-degree approach to learning" involving books, teachers and digital devices.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the YMCA of the USA $1 million to expand a pilot program that offers free early-childhood education classes for the caregivers of children in informal settings. The money will focus on the neighbors, friends, and relatives who babysit children in their homes while parents work. It will offer them content on child development and activities that can be replicated, a statement from the Chicago-based nonprofit states.
Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Angela Duckworth, who was named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow today. Duckworth's research shows how grit and self-control can predict future life success.
New research has shown that e-readers like Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad may be useful reading tools for people with dyslexia because those with dyslexia may have an easier time reading a digital text than using traditional paper books.

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