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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

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Why Tripadvisor is a Scam?

by F Guzzardi
5 questions who deserve some reflection
The idea of a service for travelers from all over the world is very interesting
but the problem is how all good things that attract the attention of the scammers.
A perverse system that once triggered may result in failures or benefits for any restaurant, hotel or tourist attraction classified. What happens in reality is very simple

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A Message to Fathers across America: Take Time to be a Dad Today

Ad Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Launch New Fatherhood Involvement PSAs in Time for Father’s Day

PR Newswire, Washington, DC, June 18, 2015 – This Sunday, millions of kids across America will celebrate their fathers and the contributions they have made to their lives. To coincide with Father’s Day, the Ad Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse have launched a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage dads to recognize the critical role they play in their children’s lives, and provide tools and information to help them get more involved with their kids. read more

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Increased Again  


NEW YORK, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.7 percent in May to 123.1 (2010 = 100), following a 0.7 percent increase in April, and a 0.4 percent increase in March.
"The U.S. LEI increased sharply again in May, confirming the outlook for more economic expansion in the second half of the year after what looks to be a much weaker first half," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director, Business Cycles and Growth Research, at The Conference Board. "While residential construction and consumer expectations support the more positive outlook, industrial production and new orders in manufacturing are painting a somewhat more mixed picture." read more

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