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DCschoolHUB is the ultimate resource in your search for the best DC area daycares, preschools, private schools and independent schools. What you’ll find here:

  • Every known daycare, preschool, and private school in the Washington, DC, area aka the DMV,
  • Chatrooms to talk with experts, school officials, daycare professionals and other parents,
  • Forums to ask and answer questions,
  • A section to find Who’s Got Spots in their daycare or school currently and in the near future,
  • Blog posts from area educational leaders,
  • A calendar with events to visit and learn about daycares and schools,
  • And much, much more!

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

By Joseph E. Powers, The Woods Academy, Head of School

Most of us parents were taught math a certain way. Like the vow we take in marriage, for better or worse, how we learned math was better or worse. It was black and white and there was very little critical thinking involved. Computation was king. In marriage, we know for better or worse means there is give and take and it is a relationship that works because two people make it work. There is no one formula to make it work, rather, there are many variables that factor into making it work.

Math, today, is not much different. Math as we knew it has changed. For all you parents out there, try and solve the problem in the picture below. This is the work the 5th graders are doing in math now.


 Can you solve it correctly? While computation is very important, critical thinking has rightfully made its way more front and center in math work these days. This is not a bad thing at all.

Now, if only I could solve the problem above. I know what I will do, ask a 5th grader. Just like Mikey from the Life cereal ad (who lived in my neighborhood growing up), they “like it.” To be honest, I like it too. Our future is bright with great problem solvers. Stay tuned for more news on our math program.

downloadReport: U.S. Millennials Getting Schooled in Skills

The U.S. should emphasize gaining skills and not just educational attainment, a new report says.

by Allie Bidwell, Education reporter for U.S. News & World Report

Educational attainment among U.S. millennials has been on the rise. More students than ever are graduating from high school, and the percentage of young people with a college education has been inching up over the last few years. But those on track to make up almost half of the workforce might not have the necessary skills to compete internationally, according to a new report.

Educational Testing Service, a private, nonprofit testing organization, analyzed the results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC), which is administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. The PIACC is a household study of samples of people ages 16 to 65 in more than 20 countries. In its report, Educational Testing Service focused solely on the 2012 data for millennials – the most recently available PIACC information – which the company defines as those born after 1980. On measures of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving in a technology-rich environment, U.S. millennials scored at or toward the bottom.

[READ: College Grads Question the Return on Investment of Today’s Degrees]

“We wanted to focus on millennials because this is the group that will be in the workforce for the next, potentially, 40 years,” says Madeline Goodman, a co-author of the report. “They represent the decision-makers and the parents and the citizens of the future.”

In literacy, U.S. millennials scored lower than their peers in 15 of 22 countries; in numeracy, they ranked last, along with those in Italy and Spain; and in problem-solving, U.S. millennials tied for last with those in the Slovak Republic, Ireland and Poland.  READ MORE