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December 8, 2008
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Study: Sleep helps students remember learning
    Students who learn new skills remember more of what they learned after a night's sleep, according to a new study. "If we train you in the morning and come back at the end of the day, you forget some of what you learned," said University of Chicago psychology professor Howard Nusbaum, who co-authored the study. "But if you sleep after that, it restores some of what you learned." The Washington Post/HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Poverty changes children's brains
    Deleterious effects to certain brain functions of some 9- and 10-year-old children living in poverty follow roughly the same pattern as stroke damage, according to a new neuroscience study. While the effects can be reversed, it requires "incredibly intensive interventions to overcome this kind of difficulty," said University of Michigan education professor Susan Neuman. USA TODAY (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
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  Policy News 
  • Experts support wider access to stimulant drugs
    Healthy people should have access to brain-boosting pills, such as Ritalin, experts write in an online commentary for the journal Nature. They say that college students already take such stimulants illegally to help them study and that the demand for the drugs is likely to grow. The researchers called for more research into the use, risks and benefits of such drugs, as well as policies to govern their use. Houston Chronicle/The Associated Press (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More schools nationwide eliminate F's, give students second chances
    Increasingly, schools nationwide are eliminating "F's," and one Grand Rapids, Mich., school is replacing the F with an H, which stands for "Held." "I never see anyone doing anything but punishing kids," said Superintendent Bernard Taylor. "If the choice is between letting kids fail and giving them another opportunity to succeed, I'm going to err on the side of opportunity." ABC News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Gifted 16-year-old graduates from college
    Andrew Brisbin on Sunday graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in finance after just two years of classes. Andrew, who was homeschooled before enrolling in college, hopes to create a national network of other young college students who are gifted. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Early CF detection may help preserve lung function
    Early detection of cystic fibrosis in infants may help control progression of the disease, according to an Australian study. Researchers found infants with CF had declining lung function sooner than previously thought, despite a normal diagnosis of lung function after birth. Researchers said early intervention may stop some of the lung function reduction in early infancy. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEC Spotlight 
  • "Classroom Moments: Video Clips to Enhance Early Childhood"
    Don't miss this instructional, interactive DVD developed by the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative and Video Active Productions. The program includes 28 video clips captured in actual early-childhood classrooms as well as a PDF Trainer Guide with recommended ways to use the clips, discussion topics and group activities. Visit the CEC Store online to purchase. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Congratulations to CEC's new Board of Directors
    CEC's membership-wide election concluded Oct. 23. Terms of office for newly elected board members will begin Jan. 1, 2009. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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