What's ECE Policy, Mike Petrilli? Chopped Liver?

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The last thing I read before going to sleep last night was Mike Petrilli’s list of the top K-12 education policy people on social media. The ones with the high “Klout” scores. I woke up with a start at 4:00 a.m.

Each August, this self-anointed arbiter of the nation’s education policy discourse, publishes an annual list of top Twitter feeds. Petrilli, president of the conservative Fordham Institute, concedes the imperfections of his rankings. First, there is always the risk that he might overlook worthy contenders beyond his network—for which he’s been criticized in the . . . Read full article →

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Learning Together: Vygotsky and the Framers of American Democracy

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How can you resist a book that links Vygotsky’s theory of social constructivism with the Framers’ vision for American democracy? I couldn’t.

When I first looked at Learning Together: The Law, Politics, Economics, Pedagogy, and Neuroscience of Early Childhood Education, I nearly ran in the other direction. I’m married to a lawyer, and let’s just say that wordy, rationalist framework in which our daily interactions take place has its limitations. Written by three attorneys, Michael Kaufman, Sherelyn Kaufman, and Elizabeth Nelson, the book had an invisible red flag on the cover.

Still, I gingerly opened the . . . Read full article →

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Oh, the Places We'll Go with the Word Gap!

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go! may have preceded the publication of Betty Hart’s and Todd Risley’s landmark study by five years. But oh, how deliciously apt. The researchers’ discovery of language disparities among children across the socioeconomic spectrum has taken off.

Reducing the gap of 30 million words between low- and high-income children has approached the level of national obsession. The Clinton Foundation got on board with its initiative Too Small to Fail. So did the University of Chicago medical school, which created a website to support the ongoing conversation.

Efforts reached . . . Read full article →

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Elizabeth DiLauro: It's Time to #Rally4Babies from the Beach

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The dog days came early this summer, the jungle encroaching upon July. But the advocates for infants and toddlers tear through the sticky vines. Late Friday afternoon an email arrived from Elizabeth DiLauro, director of advocacy at ZERO TO THREE: Rally4Babies to Lift the Cap During August Recess!

She gave us a brief, wonky summary of the proceedings of Congress:

While the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education have passed their funding bills for FY2016, they unfortunately continued to adhere to the sequester caps for non-defense discretionary spending (NDD). . . . Read full article →

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