Interview with Deborah Zysman: Early Education. (Source; Think Tech Hawaii, August 2015)

On August 27, 2015, in Early Education and Preschool, Think Tech, by Shannon Hillman

Host Jim Shon speaks with Deborah Zysman (Good Beginnings Alliance) about the continued efforts to make early education programs more readily available for all Hawaiian children. Find the Youtube interview here.

The Sesame Street Effect (Source: The Atlantic, June 2015)

On June 23, 2015, in Early Education and Preschool, by Shannon Hillman

The Sesame Street Effect How the children’s show has enhanced learning in America—and why it’s a reminder of what’s lacking from education today. From the Atlantic comes an investigation into how Sesame Street has helped formed early education and how itself teaches young learners. Find the full article here.  

HEPC Director Jim Shon interviews with Civil Beat

On September 24, 2014, in Early Education and Preschool, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Listen to Civil Beat’s Pod Squad interviews our own Director, Jim Shon to talk about using public funds for private preschool education, the appropriate age for kindergarteners, and classroom temperatures.  Find the episode at Civil Beat. Alternatively, if you are not a subscriber, find it on iTunes.

A Short Voter’s Guide to Constitutional Amendments for Early Education Programs

On July 8, 2014, in Early Education and Preschool, News & Events, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Were you aware that Hawaiian voters will soon be asked to make changes to Hawai’i’s constitution that allows for funding of private educational partnerships? Read our voter’s guide on the basics of the proposed amendments and what they mean for funding and the future of the islands early education system. A Short Voter’s Guide to […]

San Antonio’s new ambitious pre-school program

On October 10, 2013, in Early Education and Preschool, News & Events, by Shannon Hillman

Just weeks after the city of San Antonio launched its innovative, $248 million Pre-K 4 SA program for preschoolers from poor and working-class families, administrators have already made adjustments both large and small to improve the system. The program is the brainchild of Mayor Julian Castro who pushed through a sales tax hike to finance the […]

Evaluating PreK-3 Teachers With Student Data

On May 23, 2013, in Early Education and Preschool, by admin

In a new study from the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, author Laura A. Bornfreund discusses the issues of utilizing various student achievement methods in teacher evaluation systems nationwide. Bornfreund looks at three approaches used, including student learner objectives, shared assessments, and shared attributes; ultimately determining that quality of instruction and learning […]

Updated Early Education Brief

On April 12, 2013, in Early Education and Preschool, by admin

Visit the Policy Briefs page to read an updated summary of the Pre-Kindergarten proposals from President Obama and Governor Abercrombie.

Early Learning and Vocabulary

On February 12, 2013, in Common Core, Early Education and Preschool, by admin

Researchers in Michigan have found that an emphasis on vocabulary for early learners could be essential in closing the gap for Common Core State Standards, reports Sarah D. Sparks from Education Week. The study’s authors, Susan B. Neuman and Tanya S. Wright, “analyzed how kindergarten educators choose and teach new words, both in the instruction […]

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