Youth voice refers to the ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people. Engaging youth voice is considered an essential element of effective organizational development among community and youth-serving organizations.
Learn more about youth voice and how organizations and programs are encouraging it, here. (www.casel.org)
Visit the Spirit of Youth website, an Alaska organization that is dedicated to creating, promoting, and recognizing youth involvement and youth voice!
Early-grades reading instruction has long been a central point of emphasis—and concern—for educators and policymakers. That’s in large part owing to a provocative body of research showing that students who don’t read with proficiency by the end of 3rd grade are far more likely to experience poor academic outcomes, including leaving school without a diploma. This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.
For the last dozen years, waves of idealistic Americans have campaigned to reform and improve K-12 education. Yet I wonder if the education reform movement hasn’t peaked. K-12 education is an exhausted, bloodsoaked battlefield. It’s Agincourt, the day after. So a suggestion: Refocus some reformist passions on early childhood.
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is offering summer institutes. The theme of each institute centers around arts and culture; all participants will be kept thinking, laughing, creating, and challenging themselves throughout the one or two weeks together. All institutes are led by highly qualified artists-educators and by traditional cultural elders and artists. Registrations will close when full; register now if you want to be part of these highly engaging and classroom applicable experiences. See www.akartsed.org.
How do you help parents and students of child development understand how they can best help young children thrive? Seeing is believing in multiple video series from Zero to Three that focus on development, literacy skills, school readiness, and more!
A new study from the Brookings Institution finds that based on eight estimates of U.S. national reading performance, girls consistently outscore boys, as they have for decades. It also finds gaps are shrinking. At age nine, the gap on the NAEP Long Term Trend (NAEP-LTT) between girls and boys declined from 13 scale score points in 1971 to five in 2012, with smaller gap shrinkages at ages 13 and 17. (Continue reading…)
In this presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Teri McKeever explains why gratitude is good for athletes, and how she has tried to foster it as a swim coach. (from the Greater Good Science Center)