Resources for parents who want to help their children succeed and excel in school and life.
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Rob Grunewald and Arthur Rolnick give an economic perspective on the importance of the investment in early childhood success experiences for our children.
Let your children learn to value struggle. Let them gain wisdom from their mistakes. Help them merge their spirits with the strength of their families, the welfare of humanity and divine spirit.
The Essential Math Skills Inventory includes the early childhood math skills which are crucial to develop to deep understanding and application.
This is a tool for middle school, high school, and adult learners to assess their own learning strengths and preferences. In about an hour, you will learn how to devise a learning plan that works best for you!
The Preschool to Grade 3 Essential Skill Inventories offer a simple framework to ensure that more students develop competency in crucial language, literacy, sensory-motor, numeracy, self-care, and self-regulation skills. A competency based learning system asks teachers to understand the individual needs of students, and carefully lead them on the pathway to competency.
James Heckman is a Nobel Prize winning economist. He is a strong proponent of increasing the nation’s investment in children in the early years.
No Child Left Behind set up schools to fail. Instead of nurturing change, highlighting model schools, and emphasizing opportunities for greater success, the empowered federal authorities developed many ways to identify, threaten, and punish failing schools. Without any research to support the idea that schools have the capacity to eliminate all gaps between subgroups, even many award-winning schools began to fail to achieve the required annual yearly progress for each subgroup. Somehow, federal regulations named disabled students as a subgroup, and they are now expected to reach proficiency at the same level as their non-handicapped peers.
The Preschool Essential Skill Inventory provides a competency based learning framework for the essential skills in every domain of early childhood. The inventory keeps teachers on track to help every child develop these skills which predict readiness for Kindergarten and on-going learning success
For decades, educators have worked within a public school system that requires us to wait for students to develop severe learning problems before we declare them eligible for special education and finally offer significant learning support.
Allowing students to struggle for years as they move toward eligibility is frustrating and wrong.Waiting for a child to develop a significant discrepancy between potential and achievement—the failure model—is a discredited idea.
The Early Learning Success Initiative offers an alternative approach in which students’ skills are carefully monitored and classroom teachers can quickly receive support to help them understand and respond to the needs of at-risk students.
This article by Bob Sornson, Ph.D. describes the need to rethink our approach to RTI and create a powerful model of early learning success for every possible child. The essential elements of a working RTI model are described.
These five steps will help you plan family routines for the best summer yet for you and your children.
The Developmental Skill Profiles describe the sequence of skills to be developed during the crucial Preschool to Grade 3 years.
Unfortunately parents can often be the ones who hold their own children back, by insulatng them from the real world and it’s lessons.
In school districts and in states across the county, the tendency to ask teachers to include more content in the plan for instruction has become unrelenting. Along these same lines, the recent push toward the creation of national standards for grade-level content, if not implemented strategically, could increase the mad dash toward more coverage, possibly resulting in less student learning. From the vital early learning years through high school and beyond, it is time to reconsider how we race through content. It has become our responsibility to help every possible child develop solid early learning skills and a love of learning and to encourage ongoing successful learning throughout life
Resources for teachers who want to help their students succeed and excel in school and life.
Barnett and Belfield offer a compelling review of the research which supports improving preschool options for America’s children.
The following documents are property of the Love and Logic Institute. Please feel free to download or print any of the following pdf’s. NOTE: These articles are free to use, but cannot, in any form, be altered.