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Summer internships matter, good teens, choosing a preschool, good grammar, Scripps Spelling Bee

According to The Wall Street Journal, new research suggests that a summer internship helps a student’s career prospects more than perhaps anything else in their college years. In research conducted with potential employers, the study found that majors didn’t matter, a higher GPA didn’t matter much, all that really seemed to matter from the college years was whether students had a summer internship (work experience). Reporter Brett Arends said, “Candidates whose resumes could point to pre-graduation work experience in the industry they were applying for were 14 percent more likely to get an interview. An English major with an average GPA and a summer internship in a bank was more likely to get a job interview at a bank than an outstanding finance major who spent the summer touring Europe.”

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The best idea I have heard in a while: A new online database is being developed by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the nonprofit Linked Learning Alliance to match high school and community college students with employers willing to hire them as interns. The database, called LaunchPath, is the first of its kind in California. It is expected to come online in late August and will be piloted at high schools and community colleges in the Sacramento area. http://tiny.cc/rwm3gx...

Ready for some good news? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a comprehensive report that shows that teens are behaving better today than any other time since the federal government began collecting data. Teen pregnancy is way down and high school seniors are drinking less, smoking less, barely using cocaine and they are exercising more. http://tiny.cc/d0m3gx...

After several years of staff reductions, the California State University (the CSU system) is currently hiring 700 new full-time faculty members in an attempt to improve student graduation rates. The CSUs are under pressure to move undergraduates more quickly through the system. The 23 CSU colleges are also facing record demand – with 760,000 applications this year.

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The changes we are seeing in demographics in Sonoma are echoed nationwide. Between the 2009-10 and 2022-23 school years, there will be a 16 percent decrease in white students, a 14 percent decrease in black students, and a 29 percent decrease in American Indian and Alaskan Native students who graduate public high school. However, there’s expected to be 23 percent increase in Asian and Pacific Islander students and a 64 percent increase in Hispanic students who graduate, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

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 I attended a presentation recently on how to choose or judge a preschool program. The experts agreed that one major factor in your decision should be how much math you see taking place in the classroom. Not high math, just number skills. According to early childhood experts, how comfortable a child is with numeracy at the end of preschool is a major predictor of not only future math skills, but also future literacy skills. The consensus doesn’t point toward any particular curriculum, just everyday exposure to numeracy.

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