Language Immersion, Especially Early On, Helps Kids

September 9, 2011 by  
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New research shows the cognitive and developmental benefits of not just language learning at an early age, but specifically language immersion programs. From Education News:

Theresa Caccavale, president of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), (

Mobile Learning Devices

July 20, 2011 by  
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I read an interesting article in KQED’s MindShift today about the exciting potential of mobile learning. You know, eReaders, tablets & even smart phones! Harvard professor Chris Dede, who’s researching the diverse dimensions of mobile learning, says ““We know from …

The Trouble with Homework

June 29, 2011 by  
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There’s been a LOT of discussion in the media lately about homework (see links, below) – its value to learning, the volume, and whether it may be discriminatory to children who don’t have help at home to get homework done. …

Kung Fu Panda 2 – A Positive Message for ALL kids!

June 1, 2011 by  
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As it turns out, Kung Fu Panda 2 was a great movie! My daughter and I both enjoyed seeing the characters again and story was as good as the first movie.

Po the Panda learns the story of his adoption …

The Benefits of Bilingualism

June 1, 2011 by  
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The New York Times has an interview with cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok, who has discovered through her research that bilingualism has many cognitive advantages, including delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms:

Q. Many immigrants choose not to teach their

Kung Fu Panda 2 and “adoption theme”

May 22, 2011 by  
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The second Kung Fu Panda movie from Dreamworks is opening this week and we’re planning to see it. We loved the first movie!

My ears perked up when I saw a trailer last night…the trailer shows the Panda realizing he’s …

IB students have higher college enrollment and graduation rates, study finds

May 2, 2011 by  
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A new study by the International Baccalaureate Organization looked at high college attendance, achievement and completion rates of students who complete the IB program at the high school level, and then compared the results to the U.S. national averages. The …

In the 21st century, the best jobs will go to applicants who can think

April 13, 2011 by  
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Psychology Today has an article outlining the job skills that will be in demand this century, and they are precisely the skills that Shu Ren’s inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum is designed to teach:

With available information in all fields doubling every

Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power

April 4, 2011 by  
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NPR’s Morning Edition had a report on the cognitive benefits for infants and children who speak two languages:

In other words, no matter what language a person is speaking at the moment, both languages are active in the brain.

Where to learn Chinese in the Bay Area?

March 17, 2011 by  
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Using the site you can search by location, program, and languages taught. For each school or activity, you can view a short description of the program offered and read and write reviews.

Tracy Chu (a member of the Bay Area …

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