Just a slight hearing loss takes away students' ability to learn as well as they could.

It's a sobering statistic: only 34 percent of all fourth grade students read proficiently. Third grade is the turning point in which students who don't reach proficiency by the end of that year are in danger of never catching up to their peers.

How can administrators give effective feedback to teachers?

According to a recent study. "More than 145,000 deaths could have been prevented in 2010 if adults who did not finish high school had earned a GED or high school diploma - comparable to the mortality rates of smoking."

This week, the GE Foundation released a solutions-driven white paper, titled "The Skills Gap and the New Economy: Implications for Low-Income Students," that outlines strategic steps needed to help low-income students succeed in college and career.

On a trip to the United Kingdom last week, First Lady Michelle Obama revealed that the United States and the UK will form a partnership "to improve girls' access to education around the world."

As a student-centered instructional method, culturally responsive instruction is focused on catering to the social, emotional, and educational needs of the student. Among the first goals that teachers must achieve in order to successfully create a culturally responsive environment is convincing their students that they genuinely care about their cultural, emotional, and intellectual needs.

Seventeen schools from nine states will start the 2015-16 school year with new hope and support, as recipients of the "Closing the Gap" awards, sponsored by national non-profit College For Every Student.

While the more people with degrees is certainly a boon for the American economy, not every group is benefitting from this elevated educational shift. Specifically, black young men are attending college at lower rates than their peers, even coming in behind black young women when it comes to college enrollment and graduation.

Fifty-five global leaders in education, corporate, government and philanthropy sectors from five nations gathered in Essex, New York earlier this week to discuss the growing skills gap and the action steps needed to reverse the trend. The summit was organized by College For Every Student in conjunction with Ireland's Trinity College Dublin.


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