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David Douglas Makes Strides for English Language Learners David Douglas Makes Strides for English Language Learners Thursday, November 06, 2014 At the Children’s Institute we are very proud of our colleagues at David Douglas this week. The district was identified on November 5 by the Oregon Department of Education as one of just 8 districts in the state to meet benchmarks for English Language Learners around language proficiency. There are an estimated 70 languages spoken among students at David Douglas. Every year Oregon Department of Education releases the Annual Measurable Achievement Objective...
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Head Start, Earl Boyles give and take over preschool Head Start, Earl Boyles give and take over preschool Wednesday, October 22, 2014 In three years, the Early Works initiative has forged system change between a school district and one Head Start program, a change that at the outset seemed almost impossible. Three years ago, the Children’s Institute started an early learning demonstration project with community partners including Mt. Hood Community College Head Start, Multnomah Early Childhood Early Education/Early Intervention, David Douglas School District, and Earl Boyles Elementary....
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Children's Institute: 10 Years of Championing Early Education
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2013 MIYB Event: Keynote by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond


 

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Governor Kitzhaber accepts the Alexander Award


 

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The Time Has Come - An introduction to Early Works


 

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Governor Kitzhaber addresses national audience in Washington DC


 

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Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Grade: A New Beginning for American Education


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Urgency of Now

Building a better society means fostering human potential.

"A large and convincing body of research in psychology, economics and neuroscience points to the importance of the early years in producing successful outcomes for advantaged children and in accounting for the social pathologies found among disadvantaged children." ~ James J. Heckman, University of Chicago
 


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What's the 'Rate of Return' on social skills? - James Heckman
Economist James Heckman links "soft skills" such as perseverance, attention, motivation, and self-confidence to "success in society at large.

 


The Importance of Early Childhood Development: Harriet Meyer
Harriet Meyer testifies before a congressional committee on March 17, 2009. Meyer is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and Co-chair of the Illinois Early Learning Council.

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This short, documentary-style video follows five children through a year in their high-quality pre-kindergarten classroom, showing what they learn along the way.

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NPR LogoJames Heckman speaks with NPR Radio: Early Education Makes All the Difference


Barack Obama talked with The Des Moines Register editorial board about his ideas to strengthen early childhood education on June 18, 2007.

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