KU Weekly News for February 3

KU Weekly NewsFor the week of February 3, 2014.


Purse thief targets working mothers
A parent had her laptop and purse stolen out of her care in a Redmond (WA) KinderCare parking lot.
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Salem-Keizer kindergartners score slightly lower than state average in early literacy and math
Statesman Journal
Students entering kindergarten in the Salem-Keizer district were slightly less prepared in early literacy and math than their counterparts statewide, according to 2013-14 data released Friday by the Oregon Department of Education.
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Programs help students invest in communities
DelMarVa Now
A Maryland school district’s students who are identified as gifted and talented participate in the Thinking and Doing program, which allows them hands-on experiences with potential careers.
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School leaders learning how to have ‘Courageous Conversations’ about race
Lawrence Journal-World
Teachers, pastors, and others in a Kansas school district recently participated in a conference, Courageous Conversations, intended to help them discuss race and the racial achievement gap. The conversation is based on the idea that racial divisions exist everywhere, but some people may not be aware.
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Texas School Ready program focuses on early literacy
Brownsville Herald
In 10 years, Texas School Ready in Cameron County has grown from a pilot program with 10 providers to the largest TSR community in Texas. TSR is a comprehensive early childhood teacher-training program with a focus on early literacy.
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Delaware education dashboard gets $1.5 million grant
News Works
Launched as part of Delaware’s Race to the Top federal funds, the state’s early learning dashboard will get a $1.5 million boost thanks to grant funding from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
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U.Va. Receives $1M to Boost Pipeline of Early Childhood Special Education Professors
Faculty members from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education for their “Leaders for Tomorrow’s Children” program.
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Hillary Clinton begins partnership with Univision to reach Hispanic parents
The Washington Post
Hillary Clinton made an appearance at an East Harlem (NY) school to announce the beginning of a multi-year partnership between Too Small to Fail, a charitable initiative that Clinton started last year, and Univision, an influential Spanish-language media company. The campaign encourages Hispanic parents to help their preschool children better develop their language skills through reading and other exercises.
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