New effort to reform early education gives some a sense of deja vu

The line behind the microphone snaked down the aisle, as two dozen people stepped up to advocate for their slice of the early childhood education pie. Several members of the local education workers union argued for collective bargaining rights for child care workers. A representative from the research policy center Zero to Three spoke up “on behalf of the near 1.5 million infants and toddlers in California,” while someone from First 5 LA mentioned the need for more transitional kindergarten opportunities for four-year-olds. It was the second public hearing of┬áCalifornia’s…

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Kent ISD leading effort to elevate high-quality math education

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Math literacy and reading literacy are equally important skills for the 21st┬ácentury, educators say. The Kent Intermediate School District is leading an initiative with educational leaders who have a laser-focused goal of supporting students in becoming better mathematicians. “We are in the process of aligning our efforts with other ISDs and organizations that we can partner with to continue pushing for a high-quality mathematics education,” said Rusty Anderson, Kent ISD mathematics consultant. “Mathematics is a huge area for the success of students being college and career…

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