Note: The articles compiled in this newsletter come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. Northwest AEA staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and Northwest AEA does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles.

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/us/study-finds-reading-to-children-of-all-ages-grooms-them-to-read-more-on-their-own.html?ref=education&_r=1

A Call for Big Changes to Meet a Big Challenge at Community Colleges
http://chronicle.com/article/A-Call-for-Big-Changes-to-Meet/150927/

Big Drop In Students Being Held Back, But Why?
http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-drop-students-being-held-back-why

Catching reading issues early is critical to overall success in life
http://news.blogs.aea267.k12.ia.us/2014/11/24/catching-reading-issues-early-is-critical-to-overall-success-in-life/

New standards, new ways of supporting student achievement in math
http://news.blogs.aea267.k12.ia.us/2014/12/17/new-standards-new-ways-of-supporting-student-achievement-in-math/

Is it okay that students with disabilities achieve at lower levels?
http://news.blogs.aea267.k12.ia.us/2015/01/09/closing-the-achievement-gap/

#Schools posting, tweeting
https://drive.google.com/a/nwaea.org/file/d/0B-BmDWqbrtNNZVBVTHh4eWhnejIwdzZXQUJod2RST05LdkVr/view

Analysis: Open enrollment can hurt Iowa's smallest and largest schools
http://thegazette.com/subject/news/education/open-enrollment-can-hurt-iowa-school-districts-both-big-and-small-20141231

Education Department seeks funds for 3rd grade reading program
http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/12/30/education-department-seeks-funds-for-3rd-grade-reading-program/

Japanese language classes gain popularity in Iowa schools
http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/12/24/japanese-language-classes-gain-popularity-in-iowa-schools/

Governor encourages students to try computer coding
http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/12/08/governor-encourages-students-to-try-computer-coding/

What Good Technology Use Looks Like in the Early Years
http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2015/what-good-technology-use-looks-like-in.html#Beginning

Why teachers should ask more questions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/why-teachers-should-ask-more-questions/2015/01/12/84d60d16-962d-11e4-8005-1924ede3e54a_story.html

Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/upshot/helping-the-poor-in-higher-education-the-power-of-a-simple-nudge.html?ref=education&_r=1&abt=0002&abg=1

Student teams' Lego robots tackle emergency situations
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/academic/2014/01/19/student-teams-lego-robots-tackle-emergency-situations/4644741/

Texting for Tots gives parents tool to improve literacy
http://www.plaea.org/about-us/news/texting-for-tots-gives-parents-tool-to-improve-literacy/

As U.S. test scores lag, study shows violence, poverty, teen pregnancy are high
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/01/21/as-u-s-test-scores-lag-study-shows-violence-poverty-teen-pregnancy-are-high/

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs
http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-emotional-learning-may-be-important-b-cs

Make K-12 Skills Relevant to Students
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/01/21/make-k-12-skills-relevant-to-students.html

Cedar Rapids pilot program combines technology, traditional teaching
http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/education/cedar-rapids-pilot-program-combines-technology-traditional-teaching-20150122

Research: Correlation between Facebook usage, lower grades for college students
http://amestrib.com/news/research-correlation-between-facebook-usage-lower-grades-college-students

AEA Grant Provides Much-Needed ELL Materials
http://www.johnston.k12.ia.us/aea-grant-provides-much-needed-ell-materials/