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Narrowing the Gifted Gap for Disadvantaged Students - Education Next

Last updated: 02/10/2018

The United States wastes an enormous amount of its human capital by failing to cultivate the innate talents of many of its young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys fr

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7 Ways to Memorize a Language and Still Understand It

Last updated: 02/10/2018

So what, exactly, is the problem with memorizing versus understanding? When it comes to learning a language, there’s quite a bit of memorization to be done. The problem arises wh

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Independent reading: It’s for everyone!

Last updated: 02/10/2018

I love to read. I have a long textual lineage that begins with my father reading Goodnight Moon aloud to me each night, racing to the library every two weeks to retrieve the next B

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From Crawling to Walking

Last updated: 02/09/2018

Right now only about one-third of all children attending school in the United States can read proficiently by fourth grade. The numbers are even more dismaying for our most vulnera

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Why ethical kids media needs more than Common Sense

Last updated: 02/09/2018

Ethical media design for kids is a great idea, and it’s having a moment. Two weeks ago, a group of academics, researchers and content developers gathered in Helsinki for a “tal

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No internet at home? Tap into your community to narrow the digital divide

Last updated: 02/09/2018

Just four years ago, the Rowan-Salisbury School System in Salisbury, North Carolina, put devices in the hands of 19,500 K-12 students. Learners in grades 3-12 brought the devices h

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7 Tips for Learning Multiple Languages Simultaneously

Last updated: 02/09/2018

Today, however, I’m here on the Transparent Language blog to share some tips about learning multiple languages simultaneously. Over the summer, I ended up learning four languages

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What Parents Can Learn From a Town That Produced 11 Olympians

Last updated: 02/09/2018

In 2015, I set out to study the unlikeliest of Olympic pipelines: Norwich, Vt., a small town that has placed at least one of its own on almost every United States Winter Olympics t

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10 ways of using games to learn and teach Chinese

Last updated: 02/09/2018

Games have great potential for learning in general and language acquisition in particular. There are many reasons to use games for learning and teaching Chinese, such as increasing

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How to Parent an Olympic Athlete

Last updated: 02/09/2018

Watching a kid’s (usually mediocre) school piano recital can be enough to elicit in her parent a range of emotions, from fear to excitement to overflowing pride. What happens whe

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