James Heckman is one of the world’s most distinguished economists. He built his career studying the labor market. In 2000, he won the Nobel Prize.

But in recent years, Heckman has become famous for something else. He is now one of the country’s leading advocates for investments in early childhood education.

Let’s do all we can to spread the message that to invest in Early Childhood Education is an investment in our future!Heckman


How a Nobel Prize-winning economist became an advocate for preschool | state of opportunity.


Working in a Reggio Inspired Preschool presents ongoing work which is crafted around collaboration, collective capacity for improvement, and deep learning.  In addition to that, we strive to incorporate an interweaving of the disciplines in an attempt to fight against isolated skills approach to learning.  The NCLE report lists key findings and concludes with an analysis of opportunities for educators and systems to move forward.  Read the report and let me know what you think.  How can you work to embrace literacy in all aspects of school life?

NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning | Literacy in Learning Exchange.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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Audio/Video: Teachers | Aspen Ideas Festival.

Interesting video addresses younger children and older.  Can Character be Taught?  What are your thoughts on this?  One of the panelists states that the younger you begin the better. What role do educators of very young child play in character development? What role does language, teacher’s language, play in this development?  Do we use this language on a daily basis?  If not, what strategies could you develop to support this growth?



David Hawkins, director of the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education, discusses the role of Teacher as learner.  “Good teaching requires the teacher’s own involvement in learning, ” he maintains.

Read the interview and let me know what you think?  David and Frances Hawkins were instrumental in young children’s learning connected to environment.

A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain | Edutopia.

Have you had any professional development focusing on the brain?  What have your experiences looked like connected to brain development?

Game Changers: New Ways to Teach Our Kids | Aspen Ideas Festival.

Speaker John Hunter shares his thoughts on “the next big thing” in education.  It may not be what you think… watch the video share your thoughts with someone- a coworker, a friend, a spouse, a blogger….