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What Are the Benefits of Full-Day Pre-K?

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]

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Full-Day Pre-K and Bobby Whitlock: Thursday’s show (February 19, 2015)

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]

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Study Indicates Teacher Training Important for Quality Pre-K

Posted on · A Houston-based nonprofit education program recently published a year-long study looking at an early literacy teacher training program. Neuhaus Education Center’s project focused on workshops for HISD teachers in order to improve classroom instruction. Marybeth Flachbart, President & CEO of Neuhaus Education Center, tells us more about what the study says regarding the importance of training […]

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HISD Superintendent Terry Grier Answers Your Questions

Posted on · For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas. In advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education in Houston. While we’ll discuss a variety of issues relating […]

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How to Insulate Your Teenager From Modern Stressors

Posted on · Our summer reading series continues with Judith Widener Muir, author of Live Wires: Neuro-Parenting to Ignite Your Teen’s Brain. Her book explains what makes the teenage brain unique and versatile and how to insulate today’s teens from the stresses of “college frenzy, achievement mania and media explosion.” She also explains how versatile and adaptive the teenage […]

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How to Keep Students Sharp Through the Summer Months

Posted on · It’s long been established that students tend to score lower on tests at the end of summer vacation than they do just before it begins. Efforts to address such summer “brain drain” usually revolve around keeping students engaged in learning through the summer months. A new project at a Houston elementary school seeks such engagement from students, […]

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What’s the Value of Outdoor Education?

Posted on · Fifth graders in Houston public schools have, for nearly 40 years, participated in Outdoor Education Programs at two centers, in Forest Glen and Olympia. But future funding for the programs may be in doubt. We learn about such outdoor education programs, and both their benefits and challenges. Then, we discuss research examining the impact of […]