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HEAD START TURNS 50 Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez: “I am a Head Start kid.”



Veteran educator offers advice to teachers and parents


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New technology and innovations for music teachers


This month OutlooK-12 features the works of world-renowned children’s book author Dr. Seuss

FAR-REACHING IMPACT OF EARLY EDUCATION Children with strong social skills in kindergarten are more likely to thrive as adults



The latest education-related stories from across America

LORETTA SANCHEZ Photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez



n 1965, our nation made a commitment to open a window of opportunity for at-risk children through "Project Head Start." In the 50 years since, Head Start has served over 30 million children and their families in urban and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories. As Head Start 50th year anniversary celebrations popped up all over the country this year, they not only celebrated the program, but all those who are 4 · December 07, 2015

alumni of the program. One such alum is U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez who represents California's 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove in Orange County. Rep. Sanchez began her congressional career in January of 1997 and is currently serving her tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was one of the first graduates of the program in 1965. As she proudly proclaimed

on the floor of the House in a speech espousing the virtues of the program, “I am a Head Start kid. I have firsthand experience of the comprehensive education programs and opportunities that Head Start provides to low-income families.” Earlier this year, she made the case for the Head Start program before an audience attending the first-ever TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue held at the Newseum (news museum) in Washington D.C. in July. Here’s what she had to say that day:

It’s a pleasure to be with you today and to talk about, to really be a voice for a program that is so near and dear to my heart. But you know it wasn’t always the case that I had a voice. In fact, when I was a little girl, I was pretty voiceless. When I was a little girl growing up in a family with my grandma and my mom and my dad and an older brother and a couple of little brothers and sisters, Spanish and English were spoken in my home, but I didn’t speak. I never spoke. My parents sometimes would hear some gibberish here and there; mostly they would hear me talking to my older brother because my older brother and I had our own language. Whenever I needed anything, it was my older brother who would translate for me. I would make hand motions etc., but I re-

“My mom would walk me hand in hand so joyful to go to Head Start. And what I learned in Head Start was my alphabet, how to write my name (which for a little girl Loretta is pretty long) and how to share toys.” U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

ally didn’t talk to my parents, and I didn’t talk to the world. My grandma, in fact, who was poor and lived with us would spend what little money she had to take me to the doctor. I remember going several times, and she would say to the doctor, ‘I think she is deaf and mute.’ And the doctor would say, ‘she’s just not ready to talk to you.’ And so that was my life. Then one day my mom was reading the paper, and she saw on the front page that they were starting a new program called Head Start, and she said, ‘that’s the program for my Loretta.’ So she went down to the school, and she signed me up for the program. On the first day of the Head Start, she dressed me all up. It was only three doors, three homes down from the corner. We crossed the street, and there was the elementary school, and that’s where the Head Start program was. She walked me down there, and she took me to what looked to be like a kindergarten class, and she dropped me off. When I realized my mom was going to leave me alone for the day, I screamed and yelled, and I ran and, I grabbed her leg, and I wouldn’t let go. Literally they had to pry me off my mom, and then my mom left me. She abandoned me, and I was crying and crying I was just on the side of the whole show. Kids doing their thing, and I was crying, and I just couldn’t stop crying. You see, I was really shy when I was young. Then something happened -snack time! They had watermelon and celery with peanut butter. I started eating the stuff, and all of a sudden, everything was okay. See, my mother wasn’t much of a snack

“We’ve see kids graduating more often if they’ve gone to Head Start from high school and more of them going to college and less of them in prison. That’s what Head Start does for our country.” U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez or dessert lady, and so after that I thought this is okay, this isn’t too bad. Then they rolled out a light blue beach towel my mom had sent with me, and it was nap time. Between snack time and nap time, I figured I was living the high life. I would go every day. My mom would walk me hand in hand so joyful to go to Head Start. And what I learned in Head Start was my alphabet, how to write my name (which for a little girl Loretta is pretty long) and how to share toys. Some toys I had never seen before. There was a redheaded doll I really liked, and I had to share it with somebody else. So I learned how to socialize with other kids. It was really an amazing program for six weeks. Head Start started 50 years ago when then President Lyndon Johnson stood in that Rose Garden and said that they were going to help K

with the education of the disadvantaged children of our nation. Who would have known 50 years ago that from Head Start that as that little girl I would through school, would go to college, would get my MBA, would work in some of the biggest corporations in the nation and would be standing before you as a member of the Congress of the United States. I am Head Start. Thirty-two million kids and pregnant moms have gone through the Head Start program for language development and verbal achievement. We’ve seen a decrease in behavioral problems from children who go through that program, a complete increase in self-esteem. We’ve see kids graduating more often if they’ve gone to Head Start from high school, and more of them going to college and less of them in prison. That’s what Head Start does for our country. People talk all the time about the achievement gap we see between disadvantaged kids -let’s say kids that are Latino like me -- and the Anglo population. We work on this all the time in my district. And I have something to say today. That achievement gap can be lowered and can be narrowed right at the get-go, right at the starting line with a preschool for children before they ever get to kindergarten. Let’s make all of our children ready at the starting line of education in the United States by having Head Start. You know, Head Start is not just about kids. It’s also about parents. I told you that my mom was actually with me every step of the way. Head Start not only teaches but it also tests your hearing, your vision and whatever problems you 6 · December 07, 2015

may have from a health perspective because many kids coming from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t get that type of care. My mom is an amazing person because Head Start taught her how to be a parent. Remember, I come from a home of two Mexican immigrants. So usually in an immigrant home it’s

“Who would have known 50 years ago that from Head Start that as that little girl I would through school, would go to college would get my MBA would work in some of the biggest corporations in the nation and would be standing before you as a member of the Congress of the United States. I am Head Start.” U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez the mom who does the negotiating that navigates the new systems of the U.S. My mom was that person, and Head Start showed her how to advocate for her kids; what to look for, what to demand, what to want and what to see. In fact, my mom had seven children when all was said and done. And she was an advocate for each and every one. Head Start taught her how to do that. Parents

learn to read to their kids. They read more often than the parents of those who don’t go to Head Start. Parents use less physical discipline with their children once they go through the Head Start program. And the parents themselves are more apt to find an education for themselves, also. So my mother after raising seven children, she started going to school to get her GED, and then her B.A. and then her credentials to teach. She taught for 17 years in the public schools advocating and helping other children. Yes, my mom is pretty special. In fact, my mom is the only mom in the history of these United States to send two daughters to the United States Congress. But let’s not take my word for it. Let’s look at the economic benefits of Head Start. We know for every dollar we spend on the Head Start program, the United States makes $9 in benefits. What do I mean by that? What I mean is less incarceration, people with better jobs, more education, etc., yet the United States ranks 25th in the world for early learning enrollment. In fact, one of out every six kids that qualify for Head Start actually get a slot in the program. Fewer 30 percent of four-year-olds are enrolled in a quality preschool program. So this past year, we have 1.076 million kids in Head Start, and yet because of budget cuts, we’re looking at 53,000 of those slots being cut. So my ask of you today is to help me be a voice for all of us. Be a voice for a program that truly helps children to do what America does best -- productive, joyful, giving back to communities. I am a voice. You can be a voice also. •

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ead Start alumni have gone on to become business owners and artists, musicians and doctors, teachers and Members of Congress. For instance, Danny Glover is a proud Head Start parent. The son of a teacher and delivery truck driver, Chris Rock attended Head Start in Brooklyn, New York. Here are other prominent Head Start alums: Darren Walker is now the President of The Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropic organization in the world. In 1965, he was a student in one of the first Head Start programs in rural Texas. The son of a single mom, Darren was born at a Louisiana charity hospital and into poverty. He credits Head Start with breaking that cycle and changing his life. In 2014, he told People magazine the program provided him with "a window into a world beyond my immediate circumstances." Bonnie St. John lost a leg at a young age, a result of being born with pre-femoral focal disorder. Her Head Start experience in San Diego, California, put her on the path of lifelong learning and remarkable

accomplishments. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her Master’s degree in Economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She also won three medals in the 1984 Paralympics in Austria and served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Clinton Administration. Shaquille O’Neal, former professional basketball player and current television sports analyst, was a student at a Head Start program in Newark, New Jersey. It instilled in him how important education is. Although he left college for a basketball career, he promised his mother that he would return and get his degree. He kept that promise and more. He earned both an MBA and a doctoral degree in education. Anna Maria Chavez is the first Latina CEO of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which maintains the distinction of being the world’s largest education organization for young women. She was born into a family of migrant workers and attended Head Start in Eloy, Arizona, where she was

introduced to the possibilities of what education could provide. Denise Juneau has served as Montana’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2008 when she was the first Native American women elected to a statewide public office. She attended Head Start in Billings, Montana, as an educational foundation for academic success that led her to the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received a Master’s degree. United States Secretary of Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell has fond memories of her experience as a Head Start student. "Two years after Head Start launched nationally, a class was established in my home town of Hinton, West Virginia. In a rural town like Hinton, Head Start was one of the only early educational opportunities around. It meant a lot to the families in my town, and still does.” Fifty years later, Secretary Burwell’s words ring true in all parts of America where tomorrow’s leaders are being exposed to the Head Start experience. • K


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Q: The teachers at my school are

big fans of your cooperative learning methods. Although we have been meeting with considerable success, our concern is that we are falling into the “prize trap.” Any advice for avoiding that?

A: For those who are not familiar with

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my methods, I strongly suggest a reward system for good work and behavior. Although I do not care what the reward may be, I usually use an elevation in grades. I assume your phrase “prize trap” refers to the concern that students are only motivated by some tangible benefit. The greatest motivator is success. Once students have tasted the joy of being successful, most students do not want to return to a sense of failure. In my mind there is no such thing as a “prize trap” but merely highly motivated students or disenfranchised students. I’m delighted that you and your colleagues are utilizing my instructional methods. I hope you continue and spread the word.

Q: I am a guidance counselor. In my

school, I have the responsibility of disciplining the student body as well as trying to guide and counsel them. Can you provide advice of how to do both tasks?

A: You have been given the unen-

viable job of wearing two hats that in many ways are diametrically opposite skills. Although I would advocate that this hybrid job should never occur under any circumstances, this is nonetheless your current situation. Your first allegiance is to your job title. Students need to receive advice to navigate their learning experiences. For many students it is difficult to trust someone who will also provide punishments. The only reasonable way to do both tasks is the first time a student breaks your school’s rules, talk to them to get to the bottom of their actions and then let them know that there will be consequences the next time they violate the rules. If the student does break the rules again, take the proper disciplinary action. But remember, once the student has suffered the punishment, they will very much need to be counseled immediately. This hybrid concoction your school has thrust upon you undermines the importance of a guidance counselor. I hope your administration will reconsider how your job should be done.

Q: Our son is a third grader, and he

is very disruptive in his class. He is seeing a psychiatrist and is on medication. What else can we do to help our child?

A: I would like for you to take a long

term approach to your son’s education. As a parent, your primary job with regards to your child’s learning experiences is to make sure that your son is keeping up with his studies. Usually when a student is meeting with success, they will tend to be less disruptive. Regardless of his decorum, the key aspect of schooling is measured by how much was learned and retained. In addition to the quantity of material learned, have your son develop an outside interest. Although it attacks the problem from the “back door,” getting a student involved in a hobby, sport or developing computer skills tend to create a more well-rounded individual. Plus, children and teenagers for that matter tend to be happier when they achieve a variety of different types of accomplishments. The hope is a happier student is less likely to be problematic. Finally, you may want to consider a new doctor.

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From children finger painting in kindergarten to high school seniors performing “Romeo and Juliet,” the arts are a diverse and ever evolving part of the K-12 experience. With this in mind, we here at OutlooK-12 are introducing our new The Art Department section, which will be dedicated not only to art in its many forms and new technologies and innovations in art education but also on the arts’ reflection of and impact on cultures. This month we explore some recent developments in the field of music education. These partnerships and a new free service could be a boon to music teachers. PracticeFirst Makes Its Debut The old joke about the way to get to Carnegie Hall is “practice, practice, practice” takes on a new meaning in the digital age. MusicFirst has partnered with MatchmySound™ to create PracticeFirst, which allows music students to literally practice, practice, practice anytime, anywhere, with instant feedback and flexibility. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, students can practice any instrument including voice, band and polyphonic ones such as guitar and piano using PracticeFirst’s web-based interface. In addition, it responds with pitch and rhythmic corrections and can also judge tone for both instruments and voice. Although teachers can also upload their own exercises, PracticeFirst comes with a library of practice content for students of all levels, which includes: • A collection of 50 simple songs • A collection of 24 choral works 10 · December 07, 2015

• A collection of warm ups; scales and exercises for band, orchestra and voice • Piano Book 1 & 2 • Flute Book 1 & 2 • Clarinet Book 1 & 2 • Alto Saxophone Book 1 & 2 • Tenor Saxophone Book 1 & 2 • Trumpet Book 1 & 2

• Trombone Book 1 & 2 • Drums Book 1 & 2 • Violin Book 1 & 2 • Viola Book 1 & 2 • Cello Book 1 & 2 • And much more PracticeFirst is exclusively available through the MusicFirst online classroom.

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WoodSongs Releases Free Programs to Schools “WoodSongs Classroom Project,” the lesson-plan based project built on the national public television broadcast of the syndicated radio program, WoodSongs OldTime Radio Hour, has been made available to middle, high, home schools and colleges free of charge. The WoodSongs Classroom Project is designed to use a two-dimension broadcast to encourage three-dimension action on the part of students. There are three projects teachers can chose from: • WoodSongs In The Classroom: This sends a specially edited number of WoodSongs broadcasts for use in schools and college-level classes across North America and Canada. The lesson plans focus on music, the arts, history, literature, creative writing and social studies. • The WoodSongs Coffeehouse After School Program: This program encourages students to create a regular performance event at the school. It can be done during a free class period where available students gather as the performers and the audience, a lunchtime stage or an actual after school “coffeehouse.” • The Walden Play: This dramatic two-act, four-character play is a conversation between Thoreau and Emerson that can be acted as a theater production, read as a script reading in class and watched as a DVD or online. The Walden Play is ideal for ages 8-12 and college-age students, includes lesson plans and the play’s script is available in English, French and Spanish. • K

READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY Theodore Geisel first used the penname Seuss during his senior year at Dartmonth College in the school’s humor magazine. Later as a professional magazine cartoonist, he began to sign his work as “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,” which he later shorted and carried over to his books. Today, the name Dr. Seuss is synonymous with children’s literature, and his timeless stories have been translated into multiple languages and are enjoyed around the world. For this reason and because one of his most famous characters, the Grinch, is so closely associated with this time of year, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to the works of Dr. Seuss.


Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Random House ISBN-13: 978-0394800011 (English) ISBN-13: 978-0553509793 (Spanish) It’s a rainy day, and Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! But what starts out as innocent silliness soon turns into a crazy whirlwind of chaos especially when the Cat introduces Dick and Sally to the cute but rambunctious Thing 1 and Thing 2. And with the children’s mother due home soon, it looks like being bored on a rainy day is suddenly the least of their problems…unless the Cat has something up his sleeve (or in this case in his hat) that can save the day in time.

“HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! / ¡CÓMO EL GRINCH ROBÓ LA NAVIDAD!” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0394800790 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1880507735 (Spanish) “Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” In this heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit on even the smallest and coldest of hearts, Dr. Seuss introduces the readers to the Grinch, a bitter hermit who is resentful of his merry, Christmas-loving neighbors, the Whos. Finally completely fed up, he disguises himself as Santa and sneaks into Who-ville to steal their gifts, their Christmas feast and their holiday decorations—confident that losing these things will destroy their good cheer. But the Grinch is in for a surprise—a surprise that will change his heart. 12 · December 07, 2015

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“GREEN EGGS AND HAM / HUEVOS VERDES CON JAMÓN” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0394800165 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1880507018 (Spanish)

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham and friends to enjoy them with gets longer and longer. But even though Sam is persistent, convincing others to try something like green eggs and ham is a challenge—a challenge that Sam-I-am is ready to take on with all his enthusiasm. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat that might not seem appealing is a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

“OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! / OH, CÚAN LEJOS LLEGARÁS” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0679805274 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1880507056 (Spanish) Dr. Seuss’s graduation speech has wisdom for youths starting out in the world whether they are nursery school, high school or college grads! Metaphoric in nature, the story explores concepts like “The Waiting Place” where people just wait around for anything from at pot to boil to a better break and flying hot air balloons being synonymous with success (as long as they stay flying). From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch or on "a prickle-ly perch," Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. All Cover Images Courtesy of Random House, Turtleback Books and Lectorum Publications K

“AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET / Y PENSAR QUE LO VI POR LA CALLE PORVENIR” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0394844947 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1933032078 (Spanish)

Dr. Seuss’s very first book for children! Marco’s father always tells his son to “keep your eyelids up and see what you can see.” But little Marco is full of imagination and determined to tell an interesting tale. As Marco walks down Mulberry Street, he sees a horse pulling a broken down wagon, but neither seem good enough to tell his father about when he gets home. “That can’t be my story. That’s only a start,” Marco declares, and soon from a mere horse and wagon, young Marco concocts a zebra and chariot and then an entire colorful cast of characters, making Mulberry Street the most interesting location in town.

“THE CAT IN THE HAT COMES BACK / EL GATO CON SOMBRERO VIENE DE NUEVO” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0394800028 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1930332430 (Spanish)

The Cat in the Hat returns for more out of control fun. It’s a snowy day, and Dick and Sally are no longer looking out the window of their home with nothing to do. No, this time the siblings are stuck shoveling snow until the Cat in the Hat arrives to liven up things. Although he claims he just wants to go inside the house and get out of the snow, Dick soon finds the Cat eating cake in the bathtub, and worse still, he leaves a pink ink-like stain ring around the tub. And to make matters more complicated, the Cat is not alone. Accompanying him this time are Little Cat A, Little Cat B (and so on), adding to the craziness of Dick and Sally’s latest adventure.

“THERE’S A WOCKET IN MY POCKET / ¡HAY UN MOLILLO EN MI BOLSILLO!” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0679882831 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1933032252 (Spanish)

Dubbed “Dr. Seuss’ Book of Ridiculous Rhymes,” the story follows a young boy who goes exploring in his house and finds an array of fun characters! From the Bofa reading a book on the sofa to the Geeling hanging upside down from the ceiling, the little boy discovers more and more crazy creatures whose species’ names all rhyme with different household items. Some like the Nupboards in the cupboards and the Zower in the Shower he likes while others like the not-so nice Nooth Grush standing on his toothbrush, he doesn’t enjoy having around. Yes, it seems the Wocket in his pocket is only the beginning of his crazy adventure. 14 · December 07, 2015

“THE 500 HATS OF BARTHOLOMEW CUBBINS / LOS 500 SOMBREROS DE BARTHOLOMEW CUBBINS” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Turtleback Books ISBN-13: 978-0394844848 (English) ISBN-13: 978-0606374309 (Spanish)

This classic treatise on bullying is the story of a young peasant named Bartholomew, and his unjust treatment at the hands of King Derwin. Both characters live in the Kingdom of Didd, but while the vast landscape makes King Derwin feel important, it makes Bartholomew feel small. That is until the day he goes to sell cranberries at the market, and his life is changed forever. Although this is one of Dr. Seuss's earliest and lesser known works, it is nevertheless totally Seussian and addresses subjects that he was passionate about throughout his life: the abuse of power, rivalry and, of course, zany good humor.

“I CAN READ WITH MY EYES SHUT / ¡YO PUEDO LEER CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS!” Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0394839127 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1933032245 (Spanish)

The Cat is back again to show that reading is fun—even when you don’t look at the words! Of course, nothing is ever simple or straightforward for the Cat, so he shows how he can read while wearing pickle-colored glasses one moment and then while hanging upside down in a circle in the next. And what he reads is just as random from owls on noses to the words “Mississippi” and “Hallelujah.” Yes, this latest adventure with the Cat shows, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“YERTLE THE TURTLE AND OTHER STORIES / YORUGA LA TORTUGA Y OTROS CUENTOS Publisher (English): Random House Publisher (Spanish): Lectorum Publications ISBN-13: 978-0394800875 (English) ISBN-13: 978-1933032412 (Spanish)

Dr. Seuss presents three modern fables: In “Yertle the Turtle,” the king turtle of the pond on the Isle of Sala-ma-Sond learns a lesson about greed when he decides one day that his idyllic kingdom is too small and makes his subjects standing on each other’s backs, so he could become the ruler of everything he sees. Then in “Gertrude McFuzz” a bird learns the cost of vanity when she becomes self-conscious about her small, plain tail, which only has one feather. Finally, in “The Big Brag” a rabbit and bear argue about whose talent is greater (the rabbit’s sense of hearing or the bear’s sense of smell) only to learn from a wise earthworm to not be prideful. All Cover Images Courtesy of Random House, Turtleback Books and Lectorum Publications K

New Research

Children With Strong Social Skills In Kindergarten More Likely To Thrive As Adults


new 20-year study shows a link between children's social skills in kindergarten and their wellbeing in early adulthood, according to the findings published in the “American Journal of Public Health.â€? The study found that children who were more likely to "share" or "be helpful" in kindergarten were also more likely to obtain higher education and hold full-time jobs nearly two decades later. Students who lacked these "social competence" skills were more likely to face more negative outcomes by the age of 25, including substance abuse problems, challenges finding employment or run-ins with the law. "This study shows that helping children develop social and 16 ¡ December 07, 2015

emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future," Kristin Schubert, program director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research, said. "From an early age, these skills can determine whether a child goes to college or prison and whether they end up employed or addicted." HOW THE STUDY WORKED Researchers from the Pennsylvania State and Duke Universities analyzed what happened to nearly 800 kindergarteners from four locations after their teachers measured their social competency skills in 1991. The children were evaluated on a range of social behaviors such as whether they resolve peer

problems, listen to others, share materials, cooperate and are helpful. Each student then received a composite score representing his or her overall level of positive social skills/behavior on a scale from zero ("not at all") to four ("very well"). The research team monitored these students and the positive and negative milestones each obtained until they turned 25. Using a variety of data sources, including official records, reports from parents and self-reporting by the participants, researchers recorded whether the students obtained high school diplomas, college degrees and full-time jobs. They also kept track of whether students developed a criminal record or substance abuse problems, among other negative outcomes.

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20-year study links early skills to future outcomes in education, employment and criminal justice

• 82 percent higher chance of being in or on a waiting list for public housing IMPLICATIONS FOR ACTION This latest study comes on the heels of a growing body of findings that prove early learning and development have a significant impact on a child's overall prosperity and health throughout their life. Not only does this new research emphasize the value of early learning, it shows the particular importance of focusing those early learning efforts on the development of social and emotional skills. "The good news is that social and emotional skills can improve," Damon Jones, PhD, a senior research associate at Pennsylvania State and one of the authors of this study, said. "This research by

“This study shows that helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future.” Kristin Schubert, program director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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KEY RESEARCH FINDINGS For every one-point increase in a child's social competence score in kindergarten, he/she was: • Twice as likely to attain a college degree in early adulthood • 54 percent more likely to earn a high school diploma • 46 percent more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25 For every one-point decrease in a child's social competence score in kindergarten, he/she had: • 64 percent higher chance of having spent time in juvenile detention • 67 percent higher chance of having been arrested by early adulthood • 52 percent higher rate of recent binge drinking and 82 percent higher rate of recent marijuana usage K

schools could determine which students need additional assistance and intervene accordingly to eliminate future problems before they start. Additionally, while this study did not analyze the economic benefits of social and emotional skill development, the researchers believe that effective, evidence-based programs to improve skills could provide significant cost-savings over time. The money saved from reduced incarceration costs, drug treatment programs and government assistance coupled with the increased revenues from higher employment rates makes it especially cost-effective to expand programs

that boost social and emotional learning, starting in a child's earliest years. "As a society, we have tools to give every child a strong foundation for healthy social and emotional development," Robert H. Dugger, managing partner for Hanover Provident Capital and co-founder of ReadyNation, which works to improve business competitiveness by helping children get a good start in life, said. "More than anything else, this research tells us that we have an enormous incentive to put those tools to widespread use and to give children the support they need as early as possible." •

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itself doesn't prove that higher social competence can lead to better outcomes later on. But when combined with other research, it is clear that helping children develop these skills increases their chances of success in school, work and life." Across the country, dozens of school-based programs proven to boost kids' social and emotional development before and after kindergarten can serve as models for others. In addition to making the case for expanding these programs, this new research lends weight to the idea that screening social skills should be more widespread. Using a simple, easy-to-use assessment like the one used in this study,

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News and Trends in K-12 Education from Across America Lycée Français de Chicago (The French School of Chicago) Opens $35 Million, 3.8-Acre Campus in Lincoln Square


building, including a new gymnasium; a four-story, light-filled atrium; state-of-the art science and art labs and open areas for students to congregate and study. The campus includes a full-size grass soccer field, two playgrounds, an outdoor basketball court and a private lane for safe and expedited student drop-off and pick-up.

“The new Lycée will continue to offer a unique educational experience in Chicago,” Sharon Langshur, Board of Trustees chairperson and parent, said. “Our children are fluent in at least two languages and understand many cultures and countries. They leave here ready for whatever the world has to offer.” •

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hicago -- Lycée Français de Chicago along with French Consul General Vincent Floreani, has opened the school’s new $35 million, 3.8-acre campus in Lincoln Square. Designed by architects Luis Collado and Jose Luis de la Fuente with Chicago-based STL Architects, the new campus brings a European feel to the 86,000-square-foot school

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NASA Awards Grants to Expand STEM Education Benefiting K-12 Students


ashington -- NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected nine universities for cooperative agreement awards totaling $3.6 million to create and operate a NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy. The Aerospace Academies will engage historically underserved and underrepresented students in grades K-12 through hands-on activities that reflect each of NASA's four mission directorates: Science, Aeronautics, Space Technology

and Human Exploration and Operations. The academies will also provide access to NASA technology through an Aerospace Education Laboratory. The universities selected for Aerospace Academy grants are: • California State University, Fresno • Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland • Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina • Hartnell College, Salinas, California

• Morgan State University, Baltimore • Tennessee State University, Nashville • Texas State University, San Marcos • The University of Texas at El Paso • York College, City University of New York The universities will receive as much as $160,000 per year for two years and up to $100,000 for a third year. • K

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National Park Foundation To Support White House Youth Initiative "Every Kid In A Park"


ashington -- In support of the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, announced it is raising funds to help connect fourth graders to America's public lands and waters. Individuals, foundations and corporations can visit to con-

tribute to the effort. As part of the Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program, the Every Kid in a Park transportation grants seek to remove barriers to accessing our nation's public lands and waters with a special focus on underserved and urban communities. With cutbacks in school funding for field trips, this strategic funding will help provide

comprehensive access to all federal sites, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and public lands and waters. To participate in the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth graders nationwide can visit and download the pass. For more information, please visit •

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Talking Scientific Calculator Breaks Down Barriers for Blind Students


allas -- Texas Instruments (TI), Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) have unveiled the Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator, the world's first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired. Based on the popular TI-30XS Multiview™ scientific calculator from Texas Instruments, the Orion TI-30XS

represents a breakthrough in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The advanced, four-line scientific calculator with higher-level math and science functionality is ideal for middle school through college students. A clear, high-quality recorded voice announces each key and the answer on the display, providing a choice of speech modes for quiet or verbose operation.

The Orion TI-30XS Talking Scientific Calculator may be used on high-stakes exams as an approved accommodation for students who are visually impaired if it is specified in the student's Individual Education Program (IEP). Individual schools’ assessment coordinators or guidance counselors can provide the guidelines for specific tests. • K

Free Online Tool Empowers Families To Set Technology Ground Rules As More Kids Go Digital


lexandria, Va. -- LifeLock, Inc. and the National PTA® announced a free resource for families that helps parents have clear conversations with their children about using technology and agree on ground rules together. Called The Smart Talk, the digital tool is designed to empower families to make smarter, safer choices online and help build

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the next generation of digital citizens. The Smart Talk provides an interactive experience that guides kids and parents through a series of questions and conversations about topics such as safety and privacy, screen time, social media, apps and downloads, texting and calling, reputation and respect, and online videos and cameras. After agreeing on healthy

limits together, a personalized, official family agreement can be stored on the computer or printed and posted at home. For parents looking to begin the conversation, tips and more information on device and internet accountability are available now on The Smart Talk website at https:// •

Milton Hershey School Will Grow to Serve More Children from Families of Low Income


ershey, Pa. -- Milton Hershey School® will be expanding its campus and building 32 student homes to help more children in financial need receive a top-notch education in a safe and nurturing environment. “To be able to extend our resources to even more children is an

outstanding moment for Milton Hershey School,” MHS President Pete Gurt ’85, said. “As a community, we can all be very proud of the work we have accomplished in giving a brighter future to more children who need the opportunities the school provides to help them live fulfilling and productive lives."

President Gurt’s goal is to increase the school’s enrollment to 2,300 in the next five years. The new student homes will be built adjacent to the Venice site, which currently has 32 operational homes. In these homes, students are given a quality home life by experienced houseparents. Work is set to begin in the spring of 2016. •

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