Multi-Language Assessment (MLA) for Young Children: An Instrument in Development by RTI International

Many of our daily decisions are informed by the information we gather from established instruments. If we hear that the barometer is showing a drop in the air pressure, we can plan for changes in the weather.  When we read that GDP (gross domestic product) has been on a steady rise, it gives us financial confidence. And when we see a normal blood pressure reading, that is one indicator that our health is on the right track. These three instruments help to predict what might happen next in domains that affect us all--the economy, the weather, and health.

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Reflections on and takeaways from WISE@Paris

My children are in public school in France. Last week at WISE @ Paris I learned that "French students spend 2/3 of their time taking notes. 70% of students have not worked in a group until they are 15 years old." (Yann Algan, Sciences Po). This confirmed my own impressions, and added to my parental angst about how to prepare my children for an uncertain future. However, it wasn't all bad news.

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Bookworms, not hookworms: Preventing an overlooked disease can help children grow and learn

In this blog originally published on RTI's Insights, Amber Gove and Michael French make the case for greater integration of donor efforts in early childhood development. 

Development practitioners must identify—and donors must support—long-term, country-owned, sustainable platforms that combine literacy, dewormging, and other early childhood development issues.

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