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Summer Countdown

by Jennifer Kobrin June 16, 2011

It’s mid June. Many people think of this time as when schools and districts are gearing down, packing up classrooms, and preparing for vacation. But it can be one of the busiest times of year, especially for directors and coordinators of summer programs, who are frantically pulling together field trips, activities that must be the right mix of fun (so the kids come) and academically enriching (so parents and teachers are happy), nutritious daily meals, and everything from salsa lessons to horticulture classes with a huge range of outside partners.

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The Importance of Talking

by Jennifer Kobrin September 15, 2010
Spoken Language and Literacy

Several years ago, I was involved with a study focusing on young children’s language and literacy development in rural Central America. Over several weeks, our team traveled to remote villages, often fording rivers swollen by mountain rains in a jeep or lugging stacks of supplies over precarious footbridges. It was not an undertaking for the faint of heart.

Using a survey, we asked first-graders’ parents if they read books, counted and named objects, or told stories to their children regularly (in addition to gathering socio-economic and demographic data).

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Language Teaching, For One and For All

by Jennifer Kobrin August 18, 2010
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Most of the people that teach English Language Learners—whether in formal learning environments like classrooms, or more informal learning environments like afterschool programs—have little formal training on ELL methods and approaches. “I teach Science, not ESL,” I heard an elementary school teacher say recently.

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Reading for Life: Literacy and Extended Learning

by Rhonda H. Lauer July 21, 2010
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Our kids can’t read. Across the country teachers, parents, employers, and policy makers agree that our kids are drastically unequipped with the literacy skills they need to succeed in higher education and the workplace. The school day is not long enough to develop many key literacy skills – including forging a deep connection to and love of the written word – our kids need. Nor is the day long enough to help struggling readers catch-up to their peers. Extending the traditional school day is not the answer. By the time the bell rings at 3:30, kids need something that looks very different from the school day.

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