As we begin our celebrations of Thanksgiving 2013, someone asked me what I was thankful for as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Here is my top ten list of what I am thankful for: 5,400 graduate and undergraduate students who want to learn to be engaged […]
How can we help close the achievement gap by creating a sustainable early childhood system in Minnesota? That’s the question we’ll be exploring at the Fall 2013 Policy Breakfast. With the topic of “Charting a Course to Enhance Access and Quality in Minnesota’s Early Care and Education,” we’ll focus on how an effective early childhood […]
Every child can learn, and we owe every child the opportunity to learn and succeed. However, the Achievement Gap often stands in the way of this goal. The below video and infographic help to define the Achievement Gap, while highlighting UMN CEHD’s efforts in closing the Gap and how you can help.
Minnesotans have traditionally opened their hearts and homes to children in need from all over the world. Per capita, Minnesotans have one of the highest international adoption rates throughout the country. In the past, most of the children adopted from abroad came from foster families within a few months after birth. In 1990, countries such […]
When you ask kindergarten teachers and teachers in the early school grades which skills they think are most important for their students to succeed in school, they often say: kids need to be able to sit still, pay attention, and follow rules. These fundamental skills are part of something called executive function. Executive function may […]