Education has become a globalized commodity as international borders fall both literally and figuratively. For decades, the U.S. private school community has served as a home to international students, but as economic and technological advances expand access to quality education worldwide, independent schools in the U.S. and international schools abroad must re-calibrate their approach to the global market and adapt to new exigencies. To guide schools, a new report entitled Understanding the International Market: A primer for independent school enrollment leaders, heads, and board has been released.
The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, in collaboration with the NLC Council on Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Council), have released the YEF Council Education Playbook, a compendium of 27 specific action steps that city leaders can take to support and expand learning opportunities for children and youth in their communities.
Education is affected by poverty in nearly every country, including the United States. Despite education reform champions taking measures to increase testing and results-based evaluations, leaders are rarely discussing how the education of students living in low-income housing are affected by poverty.
It’s impossible that your kids will make friends with everyone they meet, however, you can encourage them to be kind. Lolli from FoodFunFamily, shares seven simple ways you can teach your kids to be kind whether they’re naturally nice or need “training” towards it.
Music strengthens the areas of the brain that, in the child with ADHD, are weak. Music builds and strengthens the auditory, visual/spatial, and motor cortices of the brain. These areas are tied to speech and language, reading, reading comprehension, math, problem solving, brain organization, focusing, concentration, and attention issues. Studies indicate that when learning-disabled children and children with ADHD learn a musical instrument, attention, concentration, impulse control, social functioning, self-esteem, self-expression, motivation, and memory improve. Some studies show that children who have difficulty focusing when there is background noise are particularly helped by music lessons.
Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through eighth grade, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy all for free. Kids can also read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
By Jayne Clare (edutopia.org)
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies.
Music therapy is an evidenced-based practice, targeting physical, neurologic, communication, emotional, educational and behavioral goals to promote positive therapeutic change. Music therapy also looks at the whole child, brings forth their abilities and provides opportunities for creative self-expression, normalization of the environment, emotional processing and social int eraction. Music therapy facilitates a space for the child to be a child, allows the child to express all the wonder, creativity, and inspiration they have to share with the world.
Children’s World Art Initiative (CWA) utilizes creative arts to help children develop real-life skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, helps build self-esteem and confidence. The arts also will increase opportunities for self-expression and an individual’s sense of belonging or attachment to a community.
Learning in and through the arts develops the essential knowledge, skills, and creative capacities all students need to succeed in school, work, and life. As the top building-level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education.