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Early Ed: Abecedarian Study Tracks Impact from Infancy to Age 30

February 20, 2012

Among the growing pile of influential studies on early education, a few have become landmarks.  They have tracked children over not just one year or two years, but into their mid 20s, and even at age 40, giving us important information on how participants have fared now that they are adults. The Abecedarian Project – an early childhood program for children from infancy through age 5 -- is one of these famous studies.

The Next 'Race to the Top' Competition: At the State or District Level?

February 15, 2012

So far, Race to the Top has been a competition between states. In both the K-12 version and the Early Learning Challenge, states have been the ones developing plans for reforms that would trickle down to school districts or organizations running pre-K, child care and other early learning centers.

Watching Teachers Work: Using Data from Classroom Observations to Improve Teaching

  • and Susan Ochshorn
February 14, 2012

On January 26, 2012, the Early Education Initiative presented its findings and recommendations from New America’s latest paper on teacher effectiveness, Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades.  Lisa Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative, led the presentation as part of a panel discussion at the New America Foundation's office in Washington, D.C.  Susan Ochshorn, founder of ECE Policy Works in New York and c

Key Questions about Early Ed in Obama's FY13 Budget

February 14, 2012

It’s that time of year when the education policy team here at New America prepares a list of questions about the Obama Administration’s proposed federal budget. The budget, released yesterday, is not expected to become law anytime soon – many pundits say there is no chance Congress will pass it. But it does set important benchmarks for what the Administration would like to see in education spending.

Here are our two questions that relate most directly to early education:

In the Push for Better STEM Education, Don't Forget These Two Pieces

February 9, 2012

This week and next, the STEM acronym will get some major airtime, as the Obama Administration tries to drive home the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in its new budget proposals.  The President kicked off the conversation in his State of the Union Address, and he provided some memorable visuals two days ago when he gleefully launched marshmallows from student-invented cannons at the second-annual White House Science Fair.  

All this talk of science and innovation might lead one to think that literacy and early education are sliding down a notch on the Administration’s priority list.

Podcast: Children, Adults & the 'New Co-Viewing' via Digital Media

February 6, 2012
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Decades ago, as researchers began to study what young children might learn from educational TV, they often found that "co-viewing" -- the act of parents and children watching together -- was strongly associated with children learning from what they watched.  Today, although TV is still the number-one type of media used by young children, new forms of media are begging new questions.

Early Ed: Children, Adults & the 'New Co-Viewing' via Digital Media

February 6, 2012

Decades ago, as researchers began to study what young children might learn from educational TV, they often found that "co-viewing" -- the act of parents and children watching together -- was strongly associated with children learning from what they watched.  Today, although TV is still the number-one type of media used by young children, new forms of media are begging new questions.

Raising Awareness of the PreK-3rd Approach

February 2, 2012

Several new projects and papers have emerged lately that emphasize the need for building continuous systems of high-quality education from pre-k through the third grade. Because PreK-3rd reform ideas are so comprehensive and multi-faceted, they can be challenging to grasp at first; it’s not always easy to know where to begin. So we’re glad to see a host of different organizations pulling resources together to help. 

Here are some of the latest:

'Ready to Learn': Probing How and When Digital Learning Happens

February 1, 2012

As digital media and new technologies start to capture the attention of early educators, it’s important to ask: Do we know whether any of these gadgets and gaming programs actually help children learn? 

More on Observing Teachers, PreK-12

January 30, 2012

In an opinion piece for The Los Angeles Times yesterday, Susan Ochshorn and I argued for injecting some fresh ideas into the national education debates by looking at new approaches for observing and evaluating teachers.

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