Oklahoma Teachers Participate in Local Summer Externships: The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s summer externship program for teachers has grown to serve four times as many teachers in its second year. The program is designed to help teachers develop hands-on skills while working for local companies in fields such as, technology, engineering, math and science. Not only can teachers translate their training directly into lesson plans, they can also share opportunities and experiences with students looking to join the workforce directly after high school.
Research Reveals New Trends Relating to Summer Learning Loss: New data from an ongoing study by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) indicates that summer learning loss worsens as students advance to higher grades. NWEA also found that summer learning loss was not a factor of race or household income, contrary to previous research; differences between students at different schools drove the gaps in summer-learning, rather than race or socioeconomic status.
Chicago Mayor Announces Universal Pre-K Plan: Chicago joins cities like New York, DC, and Boston in proposing a universal pre-K program. Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to roll out his plan for free, full-day pre-K for all 24,000 four-year olds in the city over the next five years, starting with an estimated 3,700 students this fall. Research demonstrating the benefits of early childhood education has strengthened bipartisan support for state-funded pre-K in recent years; however, only a few states have pre-K programs that can be described as truly ‘universal’, meaning free and open to every child.