What I’m Reading VI

Finding your calling is about the balance of 3 things: doing something you’re good at, feeling appreciated, and making people’s lives better. Here are 7 lessons about finding your calling – what you’re meant to do. Paid parental leave is important for children. When parents have paid leave after having a child, their children experience…

What I’m Reading V

Like big data? Well then, you’re going to want to read this. — There’s an important distinction between being rude, mean, and bullying. We all need to use these words correctly and deal with actions for what they are. With bullying interventions popping up in schools across the nation, it’s crucial that parents and teachers…

What I’m Reading IV

Time for a quick re-cap of what I’ve been reading this week. You can catch previous “what I’m reading posts” here, here, and here. Intermarriage is growing in acceptance across the United States, 50 years after the Loving v. Virginia case. Breast feeding isn’t stigmatized everywhere, and women have more success with it when they…

What I’m Reading III

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week. Educational disparities still exist: we should face this reality and work towards true equality. It could become harder to get birth control if this new rule passes. “Just because a teacher is black does not mean that he or she is going to relate to every black student’s…

don’t judge an article by its title

One of the goals of applied child development research is to understand the impact of programs and services that serve children and families. Preschool is one of these hot-button programs that has gotten a lot of attention in the press recently. Preschool has been known to have many positive benefits for children (especially for children from low-income backgrounds), but…

What I’m Reading

Hi everyone! I’m introducing a new series to the blog! Each week (at least that’s the goal), I’ll post a short list of articles from around the web that I’ve read. The articles will deal with issues related to children and families. I’m starting this as a way to (a) keep myself accountable and focus on…

Urban Experiences We Take for Granted

A recent Brookings article highlights some of the details underneath the hooplah that was this years election. The article talks about some concepts and inequalities that social scientists and education researchers have known for years: folks who live in rural America are not receiving basic education about how the economy works, this is something urbanites take for…

Data Walls

Well, it’s been a long time since I have posted here, but now that it’s summer, I have a little more time on my hands to read for pleasure and post my thoughts on the current education climate in the U.S. I just read this really interesting article from the Washington Post about “data walls.”…

Summer slump

While driving into work this morning, I was listening to NPR and a story came on about something that has plagued many elementary, middle, and high school teachers for year…the summer slide. The summer slide is a phenomena where students (especially those who are coming from lower income backgrounds) experience a severe decline in their achievement…