Early Learning

The SOL Debate Continues
8:01 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Civics and Social Studies in Question at VA Schools

Many teachers, parents, and policymakers have agreed that the state's Standards of Learning have forced classroom instruction to be geared toward test-taking, rather than developing more comprehensive learning skills. But as the SOLs are being revised, some are concerned that Social Studies-and ultimately the lessons that teach children civic engagement-are being minimized too much. 

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Education
6:02 am
Fri May 17, 2013

UVa Professor Helps Children Improve Reading Skills

A University of Virginia Professor of Education has won two new grants to help American children read.

The program she’s developed is already in use statewide and has spread to every state and five other countries. 



 

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Education
3:47 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Red-shirting in Kindergarten

Credit Courtesy of U.Va.'s Curry School of Education

If you’re a parent or grandparent with young children, you’ve probably heard about red-shirting – a term borrowed from the world of college sports. 

It refers to keeping a child back in school, so he or she will be a little older than classmates and have some academic and social advantages. 

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Book End Generations
4:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Spanning the Ages; The Intergenerational Program at Virginia Tech

Tim Mowry and a child finger paint with Shannon Jarrott

The youngest and the oldest people in our communities sometimes find themselves marginalized. 

Often they are seen in terms of what they take from society, because of what they cannot yet do, or what they can no longer do.

But Shannon Jarrott, who teaches human development at Virginia Tech, wants to change that using collaboration as her prime approach. Twice a week kids from Virginia Tech’s Child Development Center for Learning and research, a preschool program based at the University, get together with elders from the Adjacent Adult Day Services.

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