More education can add longevity to the lives of children - and their parents 
A recent study says higher education levels usually lead to higher income and social status, healthier behaviors, and improved social and psychological well-being.

In 1979, the British rock band Pink Floyd released their trademark hit recording, "Another Brick in the Wall," and left generations singing its famous line: "We don't need no education!"  


While there are innumerable arguments that could be made against that claim, a new study just found another persuasive one: Education may add years to the human lifespan.


Researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, New York University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that people with higher levels of education live longer. They noted that higher education levels usually lead to higher income and social status, healthier behaviors, and improved social and psychological well-being.   >>READ MORE  

Program finds that traditional school + summer camp = more learning, more fun

After a full year of school, Om Kami admits he's not always psyched on summer mornings to report in at 7 a.m. at McMillan Magnet Center.


But Om, now an eighth-grader, says he knows he'll regret it if he doesn't. He enjoys reading books and texting the authors. He has gained a better understanding of fractions. And there is dodgeball.


"We get to learn new things every day," he said.


Om is participating in a new-to-Omaha summer learning program called the Power Scholars Academy. It is one of a growing number of programs aimed at marrying some of the academic programming typically found in summer school with the enrichment activities more common to summer camps. Some also wrap around traditional summer school.


The Power Scholars Academy - which added seven cities this year, including Omaha, to an existing seven-city lineup - is a partnership among the Chicago-based YMCA of the USA and local Y's, the Boston area extended learning nonprofit BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) and local school districts.


Such programs are intended to stall summer slide, also known as summer learning loss. Documented over the past several decades, it's the finding that kids' skills can slip if not exercised over the long summer break.   >>READ MORE 

Survey Finds Kids Choose Mobile Video Over TV

Media research consulting firm Miner & Co. Studio, which consults for two dozen major networks, conducted a survey to find how kids really want to consume their content - and it appears that they prefer a more active media experience.

They found that children want to consume media with their hands. CBS News' Amanda Schupak reports that the research revealed that in homes where smartphones and tablets were present, TV has become the second choice for young viewers.


The firm's CEO, Robert Miner, says his clients are watching the rapid disappearance of their TV audience. Miner says that media leaders often look at kids as canaries in the coal mines.


Researchers from the pediatrics department of Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia found that over one-third of babies are using smartphones and tablets before they can even walk or talk. By the time kids are two years old, a majority are using digital devices. Up to 40% of four year olds use digital devices for a minimum of one hour a day. Media companies are watching the trend and already Vine and YouTube have launched apps targeted at toddlers.


The survey contacted 800 US parents who own smart devices and who have kids from two to 12. Of this number, 57% said their children would prefer to watch videos on a tablet (58% of kids have their own) or phone than to watch them on television. The preference is so strong that some parents discipline their children by taking away their devices and making them watch TV instead. Forty-one percent of parents said their children would rather have tablet time than having dessert.   >>READ MORE 

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Chicago Public Schools to Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls to Comply with Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education today announced that its Office for Civil Rights has reached an agreement with the Chicago Public Schools to ensure that Illinois' largest school district complies with Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.


OCR's investigation revealed significant disparities between the enrollment of female students and their participation in high school interscholastic athletics at the majority of district high schools. OCR determined that 6,200 additional athletic participation opportunities would be available if girls' enrollment and participation were proportionate.


"With this resolution agreement, the district has committed to provide, on a school by school basis, an equal opportunity for high school girls to participate in interscholastic athletics at all 98 high schools," said Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon. "I am delighted that the new accountability measures put in place by the district, including a new Title IX Sports Compliance Coordinator, new sports participation database, and new website that provides a description of sports offerings at each high school and a process for students to request additional sports opportunities, will help ensure equal athletic opportunity for another 6,200 Chicago girls and equal opportunity in school for all Chicago students."   >>READ MORE 

Senators Baldwin, Booker & Representative Scott Introduce America's College Promise Act to Make Higher Education More Accessible and Affordable 

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-WI), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott(D-VA), the House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held a press conference call to unveil the America's College Promise Act of 2015. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined Senator Baldwin as an original cosponsor of the new legislation.


The America's College Promise Act of 2015 makes two years of community college free and provides an affordable pathway for low-income students to a four-year college degree. The legislation would give students the opportunity to access quality and affordable higher education that gives them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.


"Higher education should be a path to shared prosperity, not a path into suffocating debt. But unfortunately, college costs and student loan debt are holding back an entire generation and creating a drag on economic growth for our country. America needs out-educate the rest of the world in order to better compete in a 21st century, skills based economy," said Senator Baldwin. "The America's College Promise Act is an investment in workforce readiness and our economy. I'm proud to introduce this legislation with the help of my friend Congressman Scott, and with the full support of the Administration, in order to give all students the opportunity to gain the skills they need to compete, succeed, and prosper."   >>READ MORE 


1. Look together for school clothes suggestions in magazines and online.


2. Introduce some incentives to help reach those nightly schedules of homework, sleep time and other activities.


3. Ask your child to write or discuss daily with you what they learned from the news.


4. Provide opportunities for your child to learn about science.


5. Teach your child about volunteerism and caring for others.


6. Exercise with your child by taking walks together, walking with your pet, riding bikes or parking a greater distance from the store where you shop.


7. Assist your child with math by engaging them with easy exercises such as adding up the portions of the ingredients for your favorite recipe.

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It isn't enough, apparently, that many kindergartners today are subjected to test after test, homework, little or no play, little or no rest time, and sometimes, no snack. Now, a Florida schools superintendent is recommending a new treat for kindergartners who are not reading as well as adults want them to be (even if they aren't developmentally ready to): summer school. Where they can do even more academic work and get less time to be kids and play.


The Florida Times-Union writes in this story that Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has urged the School Board to consider sending kindergartners - as well as first- and second-graders too - to summer school if they aren't reading well enough.  >>READ MORE 

Taunton Area School to Career, Inc. is "celebrating 20 years of empowering youth to achieve career success." By bridging business and education, TASC offers school-age youth the opportunities to seek and understand the skills and the training necessary for living and working in the 21st century. They enable all youth, especially at-risk students, to reach their highest potential through academic success, career exploration and the development of essential workforce and life skills.

For the past 20 years, TASC has provided a strong connection between local educational institutions and hundreds of businesses. TASC engages numerous volunteers and works with students from 22 municipalities. >>READ MORE 
Google Classroom is adding new tools for developers, administrators, and teachers, with a developer preview of its new API offered until the end of July that will allow administrators to:

...provision and populate classes on behalf of their teachers, set up tools to sync their Student Information Systems with Classroom, and get basic visibility into which classes are being taught in their domain.

Developers will be able to integrate their applications, following in the footsteps of New Visions CloudLab, Alma, and Pear Deck.  >>READ MORE 


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