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Apps for Autism

Apps for Autism

Posted on 10/27/2011 @ 10:25 AM

Tags: South

By John Knight, State Coordinator, South Florida

I recently saw an episode of “60 Minutes” that truly caught my attention. It addresses the daily struggles of children with autism, specifically, their difficulty in communicating with others...

A Great Blog and Video on the Science of Early Childhood Development

A Great Blog and Video on the Science of Early Childhood Development

Posted on 10/26/2011 @ 11:16 AM

By Becky Newell, Regional Coordinator, West Florida
becky.newell@childrensmovementflorida.org


Deborah McNelis creator/owner of Brain Insights has posted a fantastic video called “Brain Hero” on her Early Childhood Brain Insights blog.

The video was developed as part of a collaboration between the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. 

"Brain Hero" portrays how actions taken by parents, teachers, policymakers, and others can affect life outcomes for both the child and the surrounding community. If you haven’t seen it – it’s worth watching!

Is Selling Advertising Space In Public Schools Enough To Get Quality Education?

Is Selling Advertising Space In Public Schools Enough To Get Quality Education?

Posted on 10/21/2011 @ 02:37 PM

Tags: North

The Miami Herald posted yesterday morning an interesting Editorial regarding the idea of selling advertising space in public schools. It would include allowing advertisers to buy naming rights (e.g. cafeterias, buses, athletic fields, gymnasiums, and district or school websites). This Herald Editorial was based on the challenges that the Miami-Dade & Broward county school districts are up against as we approach another year of state budget cuts....

Local media specialist uses superhero powers to get kids excited about books

Local media specialist uses superhero powers to get kids excited about books

Posted on 10/17/2011 @ 12:01 PM

Tags: West

Dressed as “Super Reader,” complete with wig, Wonder Woman shirt and white superhero boots, media specialist Tiffany Weeks showed her real super power: getting kids fired up about reading.

The pep rally was a kickoff event for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program, a statewide effort to get kids more interested in reading.

The reader who finishes the most books wins an entire basket of books. Readers that complete all 15 of the Sunshine State Reader’s books get to spend half a day being the school’s acting media specialist...

Preschool is our Best Dropout Prevention Program

Preschool is our Best Dropout Prevention Program

Posted on 10/17/2011 @ 10:26 AM

Tags: West

By Becky Newell, Regional Coordinator, West Florida
becky.newell@childrensmovementflorida.org


Tracy Echols, chair of the Hernando Youth Initiative, shared her vision during the Summit of Youth and Families about the “Hernando 2030” plan. It was a pretty simple idea that could result in high graduation rates, low rates of teen pregnancy, and educated workforce.

Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent of Collier County Schools, said: “On a scale of 1 to 10, high quality early learning programs rank about a 2000 – they’re the best dropout prevention program we have.”

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