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A recent report released by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst outlines a very important connection between early childhood education and prosperous economic development.  According to economist Arthur MacEwan:

“It is highly desirable and valuable to society for state governments to support universal early childhood education. In doing so, governments will be putting in place an essential component of economic development, a component that will provide both a long-run foundation for their states’ economic development and an immediate boost to their states’ economic progress. Moreover, they will be providing an important service to families and strengthening equality of opportunity.”

You can check out the full report here or read more on the Eye on Early Education blog.

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WGBY and Valley Gives

valley givesWGBY announces its participation in Valley Gives Day, the region’s first 24-hour “e-philanthropy” event. The one-day initiative launches at midnight on Tuesday, December 12. On that day WGBY will join 268 organizations throughout western Massachusetts for one spectacular day of giving.

Every dollar raised on 12/12/12 directly supports WGBY’s critically acclaimed programming and robust community engagement. Those who wish to give will simply log on to wgby.org, click the Valley Gives logo and make their gift via the Valley Gives page. Because gifts may be pre-scheduled on the site, a person may make their donation well before the actual 24-hour campaign kicks off.

WGBY hopes to raise $10,000 on Valley Gives Day. As part of the event, the station will include an on-air component from 8:00-11:00 PM on December 12. The evening will include two WGBY documentaries, The Great Flood of 1936 and Mountain Park Memories, selected segments from WGBY’s Connecting Point, Latino Youth Media Institute digital stories and live testimonials from partners and viewers.

Gifts may also help WGBY win a prize! Each participating nonprofit will be ranked by total dollars raised and total number of unique donors on 12/12/12. Valley Gives will make cash grants to the top three organizations in total number of unique donors and in total dollars raised. The prizes are $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000.

 

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Masslive.com, November 24th, Jeanette DeForge:

Early last week, Masslive.com covered a story on the Chicopee School Committee and their review of the new MCAS teacher accountability system.  Changes have been made to the original system, most notably, the replacement of the Annual Yearly Progress standard with the Progress and Performance Index.  This benchmark looks to have schools reduce the proficiency gap in achievement by 50 percent over a period of five years.  For example, if students are only 60 percent proficient in 2011, the school will have to improve proficiency by 20 percent by 2016.  City officials support this change, citing that it will provide teachers with more information while also maintaining more realistic benchmarks for progress.

What do you think?  For those familiar with the changes in the accountability system developed alongside the Common Core Standards, are they an improvement?

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Join WGBY for a sneak peak at Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new documentary series ProhibitionTwo separate events will be held in western Massachusetts to discuss the historical and contemporary implications of the 18th Amendment. 

Through Prohibition’s Historical Lens: Springfield, Women and the Nation
Sunday, September 25, 2-4pm
D’Amour Museum of Art: Davis Auditorium, Springfield, MA

Prohibition: Contemporary Issues Surrounding America’s Noble Experiment
Thursday, September 29, 7-9pm
Greenfield Community College: Stinchfield Theater, Greenfield, MA

Both events are free and open to the public.  For details about these events including guest panelists, visit WGBY’s Events Page.  For a quick teaser of the new film, check out this video:

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In case you missed it, a recent episode of Need To Know focused on powerful success stories of teaching.  Below, you can watch one segment that exemplifies the recent transformation of Brockton High School here in Massachusetts.  In 1998, when Massachusetts implemented new standardized testing, administrators at Brockton High School learned that more than 75 percent of their 4,000 students would fail to graduate. But thanks to a small group of dedicated teachers, Brockton is now one of the highest performing schools in the state.

The episode also featured a daily PE class in Chicago that’s changing grades, small group STEM learning in Baltimore, and an education reform roundtable.  To check out the episode in its entirety or to view web exclusive segments, click here.

Need To Know offers a great magazine format show of all the week’s interesting and compelling stories.  It airs Fridays at 8:30pm on WGBY.

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