The Pro-Business Case for Preschool

Young children and their families aren’t the only beneficiaries of early childhood education programs.

Most people would argue that the public and private sectors should invest in early childhood education because it’s the right thing to do.

Not Donnie Charleston. [More]

Screen Time

A group in Albany, New York is promoting early childhood developmental screenings as a way to boost educational outcomes years down the road.

Without early intervention, very young children who show signs of developmental delays tend to enter kindergarten less ready than their peers. Children who lag in kindergarten readiness tend to be less likely to read on grade-level by the end of third grade, and those who do not read on grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. And high school dropouts face a wide array of negative outcomes, including drastically lower lifetime earnings than people who finish school. [More]

PCG facilitates public meetings with Chilliwack school district

PCG’s Education Consulting team led public meetings with members of the Chilliwack school district in British Columbia to discuss a potential change to the district’s grade configuration. According to an October 26th article in the Chilliwack Progress, this week’s meetings were an opportunity for members of the community to voice concerns, ask questions and learn more about the reconfiguration in general, as well as its potential impact on students. [More]

Collaborative Professional Development is Essential to Teaching Students with Disabilities

On July 19, PCG special education and gifted education subject matter expert Will Gordillo authored an article for the Education Week blog, “Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12,” in which he explores how inclusive education can result in favorable outcomes for students with disabilities (SWDs). Will stresses that in order for SWDs to succeed in the least restrictive environment possible (i.e., general education classrooms), both general and special educators must engage in collaborative professional development that supports building confidence and instructional skill sets for working with SWDs. [More]

PCG Subject Matter Expert offers insights into ESSA in Language Magazine

A July 6 article published by Language Magazine examines funding, accountability and professional development under the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The author, Dr. Paula Love, a funding expert in the education industry shares insights – her own and those of K-12 industry leaders – into the impact ESSA will have on schools and districts, with attention given to opportunities for English Language Arts (ELA) and English Language Learner (ELL) educators. [More]

CHADD and Public Consulting Group Partner to Enhance Teachers' Capacity for Supporting Students With ADHD

BOSTON, June 30, 2016 -- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the leading national resource for individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Public Consulting Group (PCG), leading national provider of web-based tools for educators, including Pepper, the online, interactive professional development platform, today announced their new strategic partnership and the creation of CHADD's first ADHD online learning platform for teachers, parents and providers. [More]

Online PD must be job-embedded according to Education SME

On June 3, Michael Weinraub, a blended learning subject matter expert (SME) within PCG Education, shared insights into effective online learning for teachers in an article he authored for Education Week’s blog, “Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12.” In the piece, Michael argues that digital learning--whether blended or fully online--must be job-embedded to be effective for teachers’ development. [More]

Helping Low Income Youth Become First Generation College Students – Chris Yanov, Founder and CEO, Reality Changers (San Diego)

Before founding Reality Changers in May 2001 with $300, Mr. Yanov worked for five years to rehabilitate gang members. Mr. Yanov has also served on the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention & Intervention and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Workforce Development Committee. Currently, Mr. Yanov is a member of Rotary Club 33 and serves on the Tijuana Innovadora Binational Committee, the University of San Diego’s Emerging Leaders Council, the Voice of San Diego Member Council, and the Federal Employees Scholarship Foundation. [More]

Open Educational Resources: An OER Common Core Curriculum

A former teacher and instructional coach details how she and her team helped the state of New York develop an ELA curriculum from the standards up. Guest Post by Rebecca Stanko, Ed.D. To support educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) allocated Race to the Top funds to develop a new, standards-based, open-source K-12 English and math curriculum. The results of these efforts are now housed on EngageNY, an online portal where educators can go to find free, downloadable open educational resources (OERs), supporting professional development, and background on the standards and related instructional shifts. [More]

Culturally Relevant Curriculum - Adriana Villavicencio, PhD, Deputy Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, New York University

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is Deputy Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, Adjunct Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is Deputy Director at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In this role, Dr. Villavicencio helps to shape the Research Alliance’s research agenda, and works to enhance relationships with external partners and key stakeholders. She also leads the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve college readiness among NYC’s Black and Latino young men. Dr. Villavicencio has conducted several studies documenting practices in successful schools, including “turnaround” middle schools and the City’s small high schools of choice. [More]