Making Memorial Day Meaningful

clock May 21, 2014 08:11 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Memorial Day is usually commemorated by grilling, camping, and the usual summer preparations, all great ways to bolster family engagement. But the holiday also presents a unique opportunity for students to push the pause button and consider the implications of why we celebrate the holiday. [More]

Preparing for Year-End Assessments

clock May 19, 2014 08:44 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s that time of year when children and parents start thinking about year-end assessments. Most schools use these test scores to determine next year’s placement decisions. Both students and parents may experience a strange mix of emotions from eager anticipation for summer to angst for the dreaded tests. Teachers can help parents and make a big difference in increasing preparedness and decreasing anxiety. Here are a few tips to share with parents to make sure that students perform to their potential on the last tests of the year. [More]

Closing in on the Hispanic Achievement Gap

clock May 14, 2014 08:14 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The Hispanic achievement gap has been an ongoing challenge for years. Studies show an early and persistent gap between the achievement of Latino students and that of their white peers. The gap appears by the time students have reached the 3rd grade and remains fairly consistent throughout their school careers impacting graduation rates and college enrollment. [More]

Learning with MathShapes: Go Figure!

clock May 12, 2014 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's important to push math in early learning classrooms not only to encourage STEM efforts in the classroom, but also to effectively aid in efforts to bring Common Core Practices into play. But to make math more approachable for students, we thought we would introduce our latest math program and a few featured products that turn math learning into a whole new experience. [More]

Appreciating Moms in the Classroom

clock May 7, 2014 10:37 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. With busy schedules and teacher appreciation week, it’s hard to fit everything in. That’s why we thought we would provide a few simple activities you can get students involved in to show moms the appreciation they deserve. With all of the hats they wear, it’s important to make sure young children understand the extraordinary efforts of their moms. [More]