Recess round-up: August 6, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break!

Core curriculum: With the common standards now adopted by 34 states and the District of Columbia, what’s next? ‘We’ll never get ed policy right as long as we continue to conflate standards and curriculum,’ notes the Shanker Institute’s Eugenia Kemble.” (Jay P. Greene’s Blog and Core Knowledge )

Early ed: A take-away from the Early Childhood 2010: Innovation for the Next Generation conference earlier this week, hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education: a policy board to improve the quality of early learning programs and outcomes for young children. (Board Buzz)

Ed reform: NewSchools launches a $100 million innovation fund. (Politics K-12)

Higher ed: A member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe sets her priorities. (Salt Lake City Globe)

Literacy: One Kindle per child? (The Wall Street Journal)

School Improvement Grants: Winners and losers in California. (Learning First Alliance)

Summer in the city: “… 13 young women and 12 young men spent the last three weeks at the Council on Foreign Relations listening to lectures and taking part in workshops on issues like global warming, China’s economic juggernaut, Darfur, child prostitution, international law and world trade. Playful things like that.” (The New York Times)