The educational system is filled with personal biases, assumptions, and even stereotypes. The stories told in the world or seen in the media can be hurtful but more importantly the stories told in the classroom can have a greater impact on our children.
The teens at the Champaign Park District Leonhard Center summer camp have been busy the past few weeks with WILL educational staff working with On the Moon engineering activities brought to them by NASA and PBS Design Squad.
As teachers, we have control over the cultures of our classrooms, but we cannot control the world our students face when they leave us. As a result, it is important that we continue to incorporate Social Justice Education into our curriculum to do our part in helping our students become “socially just” citizens.
Recently in Washington DC, a few of the nation’s top early childhood education researchers met to discuss whether there is truly a benefit in sending your little ones to preschool. They all agreed that kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who do not.
For the past 6 weeks, the fifth grade students enrolled in the Martin Luther King Elementary School after achool program have participated in the WILL-TVDesign Squad Global program. The program ends this week but I am confident that it is a new beginning for many of the King students.
This summer let’s get the kids outside, into nature, and making their own discoveries! Dr. Scott Sampson, host of Dinosaur Train, provides some Expert Tips & Advice to PBS Parents about the importance of letting our children play and explore the outdoors.
The pressure to read at the appropriate grade level can be overwhelming and even scary for some children. We know strong reading skills help lay the foundation for a student’s educational career. Chicago literacy expert, Timothy Shanahan, explained to Today’s Parent that a British study released in 2013 showed children’s literacy and math levels at age seven were predictive of their overall earnings at the age of 42. How do we make reading a skill that children love instead of a complicated task they despise?
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, on average, kids in Illinois spend about five hours a day in school. Today’s students are our next generation and it is vital that they understand the importance of sustainability. One way to introduce kids to sustainability is through the classroom environment.
President Trump’s proposed budget eliminates all federal funding for public broadcasting and threatens the collapse of the entire system. The good news is PBS ranks high as a trusted and valued public institution by the American people. Speaking with your member of Congress about why you value public media could help save the system.