Thank you for subscribing to The Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me each month. Here are some timely back-to-school articles I discovered that I want to share with you:
North Carolina Organization Runs Literacy-Based Anti-Racism Camp for Kids, Professional Development For Educators
“We are” nonprofit and its Executive Director, Ronda Taylor Bullock, run a very different kind of summer program for young children in the Durham, North Carolina area. A former English teacher with a doctorate in policy and leadership, Bullock decided the best way to reach the organization’s goal of extending anti-racism education is through a literacy-based approach; reading books, holding group discussions, watching demonstrative video clips and complimenting the kids’ lessons with relevant hands-on activities. Children are like sponges; early learning can set them up for life. The desire is for parents and caregivers to do their homework by reading the daily handouts and to get educators from local schools to participate in the program as well. Read More
Possible Key To Black Boy’s Academic Success: Hire Black Men As Elementary School Teachers
It’s not rocket science; it’s called “role model effect” and researchers found that increasing the number of Black elementary school teachers can increase positive school behavior and stimulate interest in college for young, Black males. Spurred by the Dean of College of Education at University of Illinois, the university is investing in the “MISTER” program, mentors instructing students to become effective role models. Similar to the MISTER program at Clemson University, the College of Education at Illinois will recruit and train males of color to become elementary education teachers by offering enticing scholarships.The national average of public schools teachers who are Black males is 2% and 2% are Hispanic. Can MISTER and University of Illinois move the needle?
Are We Teaching Children To Read Too Early
The upswing in standardized testing has prompted US educators to teach kids to read in kindergarten. Yet, compared to most European nations which wait until at least six years of age to teach reading, American students ranked 24th in the world on the PISA evaluation, “Programme for International Student Assessment”- PISA measures a 15-year old’s scholastic performance. One study proclaims there is a maturity and performance difference in the older children in America’s kindergarten classes as opposed to the younger ones, due to cutoff dates based on birth months. So what is to be done with the younger children to prevent them from being left behind? Focus on oral language skills, particularly using a storytelling curriculum that integrates dictation, dramatization, as well as other creative avenues to develop listening and speaking skills of pre readers. Read More
A Child Bumps Her Head. What Happens Next Depends On Race
The author of this article, Jessica Horan-Block is a lawyer who represents many Black and Hispanic families in the Bronx against charges of abuse. She scrutinizes the lack of compassion from medical teams and systemic racism she sees firsthand when Black and Hispanic children are brought to the hospital for any head injuries. Children’s services and the police are contacted two to four times more often than the admittance of white patients under similar circumstances. In most cases, after the children have been removed from their families and placed into foster care, the Administration for Children’s Services have little medical evidence to support its contention that an isolated and mild fracture was from abuse rather than an accident.
Has Oakdale Library Gone To The Dogs? No, But These Canines Help Kids With Reading Anxiety
Inferior abilities to read can create anxiety when a child has to read out loud and cause a youngster to actually dislike reading. Literacy and child development experts recommend having children practice reading to something or someone who can’t pass judgment: So how about a pet? Stanislaus County Library and Paws 4 Friends comfort and build esteem in young readers by bringing therapy dogs into the community room at their library branches. Don’t have a family pet at home or a dog to bring into the classroom? Get creative by finding other furry friends like stuffed animals and books that interest the child. Read More
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