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Doing Early Childhood Education Right: From Boston to Nablus

Earlier in February, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced that he would make access to high quality early childhood education (ECE) among his top three priorities in the current legislative session. He stated, “Not only is a renewed commitment to early education and care vital to the current economy by helping working parents– it’s vital to our children’s future.” DeLeo’s words should invite little controversy; however, his address falls at a time of growing resistance throughout the US to allocating more resources toward ECE. The reason? Critics claim that there is little evidence supporting the impact of ECE on later Continue reading…

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Poverty Affects a Child’s Brain Development

Children who come from affluent families tend to academically outperform children living in poverty. While this may not come as much of a surprise, new research from Nature Neuroscience reveals a correlation between affluence and brain size. According to the Huffington Post and Dr. Elizabeth Sowell, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the study reveals that the brain of “the kid whose family makes less than $25,000 is about 6 percent smaller in surface area than the kid whose family made $150,000.” They saw that this disparity in brain size widens more drastically towards the lower end of Continue reading…

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5 Tips for Dealing with “Acting Out” in Your Classroom

We have had an exciting and productive start to our Core Child Program, both our morning program for 4-5 year olds and now our 6-8 year old after school program. But of course, no classes are without challenges, and one specific challenge that all teachers face – no matter their years of experience or expertise – is dealing appropriately and productively with “acting out” behavior. We use “acting out” to refer to a wide range of behaviors exhibited by children in the classroom – for example, refusing to participate in an activity, raising their voice, hitting, distracting classmates, and engaging Continue reading…

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3 Important Lessons on Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Every year, thousands of studies, research papers, conference talks, and dissertations come out on education. Of those thousands, only a few make their way into the hands – and into the actual practice – of teachers, school administrators, and policy makers. At the end of 2014, the American Educational Research Association published a list of its 10 most-read education articles. Using that list, NPR came out with a summary of the 5 key lessons education research taught us in 2014. Among those lessons are strategies for teaching math to struggling elementary-grade students, as well as research on the effectiveness in Continue reading…

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From Nablus Preschools to TYO: An Interview with Core Teacher Fawz Jabi

It has been a great first two weeks with our 4-5 year olds in the Core Child program. Though there were a few tears on the first day, the children were all smiles by the end of last week; on Thursday afternoon, as each class took off towards the buses, they eagerly showed off their many art creations on the theme of our second week: community and family. It has also been exciting to welcome our two new Core teachers, Amal Khdair and Fawz Jabi. At the end of week two, we reflected on the beginning of the program and Continue reading…

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School Choice: Empowering Parents in their Child’s Education

On February 4, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings released its fourth annual Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI), which chronicles the progress across American school districts of ‘school choice’ – a system of primary and secondary school placement giving parents the freedom to choose their child’s school. The older, traditional model assigns students to local schools based on their residential address (often dividing children among schools along socioeconomic lines). Within that model, any parent wanting to exercise choice over their child’s placement must either change their home location or pay the high fees of private school tuition. Continue reading…

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Teacher Bias: Are we discouraging girls from math and science?

Have you noticed that women are often underrepresented in math and science jobs? Have you ever wondered why? A new study shows that early childhood experience make a substantial impact on higher education choices youth make. More specifically, “elementary school seems to be a critical juncture” for children and teacher bias. And while it may be unconscious, it plays a huge role in a child’s future. As a part of the study, researchers monitored school students over a period of seven years, from sixth grade until the end of high school. In the process, students took a series of various exams. One exam Continue reading…

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To Tech or Not to Tech? Technology’s Role in Parent-Teacher Communication

Silicon Valley has turned its eye towards education as a new and growing niche for tech startups. In the past year, investors bid nearly $1.87 billion on education-tech companies, up 55% from the year before. The market is now rife with fledgling ed tech businesses, and investors are more enthusiastic than ever to get in on the trend. More recently, apps for parent-teacher communication have taken front stage: take Remind, a free messaging service for teachers to send reminders and classroom news to students and parents. ClassDojo, a competitor of Remind now used in 1 out of 3 U.S. schools, Continue reading…

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Boys vs Girls: Who is Falling Behind?

Do boys outperform girls in school? Are girls more likely to continue higher education? Who is falling behind? According to NPR, girls are outperforming boys “in math, science and reading in 70 percent of the 70-plus countries and regions surveyed by the Organization for Economic Development Cooperation and Development.” The article continues, “Girls do better even in countries that rank low on U.N.’s gender equality index and that tend to discriminate against women politically, economically and socially — like Qatar, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.” This is a problem plaguing Palestine too. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reports that “8.9% of males Continue reading…

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4 Ways to Bring Joy Back into Your Classroom

In the age of education where buzzwords like “results,” “standardized,” “self-control,” and “college prep” are dominating the conversation, some educators say that we’re falling out of touch with the true purpose of education. One of those voices is Susan Engel, a developmental psychologist and Psychology lecturer at Williams College. In her recent Atlantic article Joy: A Subject Schools Lack, Engel argues that in our singular pursuit of making kids college- and workplace- ready, we’re overlooking their immense capacity for joy, and importantly, how we can use that joy to better engage kids in the classroom Last week, as TYO’s Core Continue reading…