Office For Early Learning

U.S. Department of Education announced a proposal to create an Office of Early Learning to coordinate early learning programs across the Department of Education. Effective early learning programs are essential to prepare our children for success in school and beyond, regarding to U.S. Secretary of Education. A dedicated early learning office will institutionalize, elevate and coordinate federal support for high-quality early learning, while enhancing support for state efforts to build high-performing early education systems. The proposal names Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones as head of the new office, which will operate within the Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The announcement was made public today during Jones’s remarks to early learning educators and advocates nationwide at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, held this year in Orlando, Fla. As the Department’s leading official on early learning, Jones oversees the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, a competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Launched last May, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge encourages States to create comprehensive plans to build coordinated statewide systems that will improve early learning and development programs so more children, especially those with high needs, will enter kindergarten ready to succeed. On October 20, the Department announced that 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico submitted applications to the program. Winners will be named in December.

Admission For Business Schools

As the latest research, the quality of applicants to business schools is higher than ever. The increasingly competitive global MBA admissions market is forcing admissions committees everywhere to innovate, and find creative ways to ensure that what they are getting from applicants represents an actual person. Getting the truth and identifying the genuine qualities of an applicant becomes harder each year, due to the legitimate (and sometimes illegitimate) efforts of a variety of admissions consultants. Will the move toward Twitter-like responses in 200 characters at Columbia Business School and the PowerPoint approach, with slides of text and images, at Chicago Booth School of Business provide real insight. The focus on standardized behavioral interviewing as part of the Wharton process. To be fair, this process is itself behind the innovation curve, since businesses have been using behavioral interviews for years. The Wharton School proposes to take the next step this year, piloting group interviews that force applicants to interact with one another in an observed setting, the goal being to create a more spontaneous environment to identify originality and demonstrate critical-thinking skills.

How To Improve Our Education System

How to improve our national education system. Today many children come to school with nervous systems unprepared to learn. Our modern lifestyle contains huge doses of real and/or imaginary violence, constant media exposure, general busyness, and high pressure that constantly triggers the fight-freeze response, stimulating our limbic systems, washing our minds and bodies with stress hormones. This can have long-term effects. Educators and researchers are exploring the use of contemplative or mindfulness-based approaches to teaching and learning to reduce stress, enhance classroom climate, and help students calm their bodies and minds, open their hearts and focus their attention. Thanks to contemporary neuroscience, we now know that exposure to situations that trigger emotional reactivity during development changes the way our brain and body respond to future stressors. It’s like a thermostat that’s been turned up too high. But contemporary neuroscience has also discovered neuroplasticity, the principle that our brains can change and grow at almost any stage of life depending on how we use them. We have the potential to profoundly change the way bodies and minds function at any age, but especially during development. Contemplative education deserves a prominent place in the national debate on improving teaching and learning. We know teachers are stressed, we know too many students and schools are failing, and we know it’s unacceptable. But beyond testing and interdiction, we need to approach these complex, human problems on a human level too, and start by asking the right questions. How can we relieve and better cope with the stresses. How can we better prepare and open students and teachers minds and hearts for presence, resilience, receptivity, communication and learning.

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