Family & Community

Toddler talk and preparing for school

Anne Sparkman  July 23rd, 2014 

There are a multitude of gaps in the news lately. Whether it is income, inequality or achievement we're talking about it. A more recent one has been gaining attention and...

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Homework "helpers"

Suzanne McCabe  July 15th, 2014 

When I was in elementary school, I sometimes helped one of my younger brothers with his homework. Occasionally, I did the homework myself. One afternoon, his teacher,...

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Want your kids to read? Don't offer a reward.

Suzanne McCabe  July 10th, 2014 

Getting children to read over the summer—or any time of year—can be a struggle. Coersion and rewards, writes Daniel Willingham, a University of Virginia psychology...

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On peer pressure and acceptance: Helping teens find the balance

Tom Conklin  July 3rd, 2014 

Readers of The New York Times have eagerly been sharing a story that illustrates something middle school educators already know:  the “cool kids” in 7th grade too often...

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy on early literacy

Tyler Reed  June 24th, 2014 

Educators, researchers and parents have long understood the importance of reading aloud to young children -- both to instill in them the importance of books and reading,...

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How to run a great end-of-year literacy event

Rande Bynum  June 23rd, 2014 

With the school year wrapping up for most students, what better way to celebrate than with a family literacy event? It is a great way to bring families together to...

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Life, death and the stories in between

Suzanne McCabe  June 9th, 2014 

Books teach us about life and its corollary, death. We try to make sense of the splendor and the ruin around us by turning to great works of literature. Often, those works...

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Video: Becoming a better learner

Mary Mitchell  May 27th, 2014 

This video from Edutopia speaks to the question: Is school enough? It shares the story of Kathryn, a 14-year old girl who lives in Michigan and is building a car that she...

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Learning disabilities: what we know, don't know and think we know

Suzanne McCabe  May 23rd, 2014 

A new report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) examines the impact that learning and attention issues have on millions of children and young adults...

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Another look at lunch

Hope Crocker  May 22nd, 2014 
FULL FRAME: Education Week's Photo Blog:“School Lunches Around the World”

The school lunch debate continues across our country, a simmering pot of politics and policy. Whether you’re in it or outside it, these images and the stories they tell...

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Why do so many college students fail to complete their degrees?

Jessica Warren  May 21st, 2014 
The New York Times:“Who Gets to Graduate?”

The cover story of this week's New York Times Magazine looks at the college graduation gap for richer and poorer students. Paul Tough (author of last year's...

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What do you have a ‘fixed mindset’ about?

Tyler Reed  May 20th, 2014  Comments • 5

“I’m not a math person.” “I can’t dance.” “I’m dumb and she’s smart.” “I’m just naturally an artist.”

All of the above are statements you might have heard from your...

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Don't underestimate the importance of knowledge

Tyler Reed  May 15th, 2014 

I could read with a fairly high level of understanding a complicated paper analyzing education policy or corporate communications strategies or a Major League Baseball...

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Try this: Create fun summer reading lists for your students or children

Rande Bynum  May 12th, 2014 

Reading during the summer has always felt special to me. I love scanning the summer book lists that people create for recommendations. They’re usually themed or organized...

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These are students' brains on technology

Jessica Warren  May 7th, 2014 

Do kids have shorter attention spans? Do students have to multitask? Why are they so frantic about their phones?

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