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A Lot to Learn: As the School Year Begins, Adoption Needs to be in the Curriculum

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

Even as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the U.S., adoptive families continue to confront roadblocks for their children in a place they expected only smooth roads: the classroom.

ISEE or SSAT? Choose Wisely...

Alex Mallory | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Alex Mallory

Many theories abound about which test is easier or which is weighted more favorably by schools, but there is little evidence to back up these hypotheses. So, how do parents make an informed choice about which test will be better for their student?

Are Parents Flunking College Financial Planning?

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Don't flunk out when it comes to saving for college. Learn about the true costs and honestly assess your financial situation.

Back to School and Ahead to...?

Jack Levison | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

So much of school seems to consist of teaching kids to listen for hours on end. Instructing them in the art of large group compliance. Training them to relent. Kids should be relentless--not behaviorally modified to relent, to give ground, to concede and cave.

3 Challenges for Engineering in K-12

Cecilia Corral | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Cecilia Corral

An engineering curriculum is often thought of as a separate subject, but it doesn't have to be. The reality is that engineers may need psychologists, artists and writers to complement their skills and deliver a project.

Self-Advocacy for Individuals with Special Needs

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

There is a whole giant world outside of school, a world without the cushion of educators and therapists. In this world -- the "real world" -- the grocery store clerk is impatient, the librarian is too busy, the MTA employee isn't aware and the boss simply doesn't care.

Cognitive Conflict: Should Educational Debates Be Competitive or Collaborative?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

To further epistemic and moral development, we must focus more on cognitive development through the cultivation of argument skills.

Distance Learning: Best Apps, Tools and Online Services

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.23.2013 | College
Scott Steinberg

For modern educators looking to provide the best tools and services for distance learning solutions, here are a dozen top resources to consider.

Antipsychotics and Kids: What Parents Should Know

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

e worry a great deal about children with psychiatric problems who aren't getting treatment, but we should also worry about those who are getting misguided treatment.

How to Succeed in an Admissions Interview

Chuck Cohn | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

This is your chance to not only discover how well you might fit into a certain college's environment, but also to present yourself as an ideal candidate for acceptance.

Teachers: Your Job Just Got More Important

Tim Elmore | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Every year, teachers tell me they receive new "mandates" from the top. They're asked to include new methods for teaching math, new standards for reading levels, new disciplinary measures and new procedures for advisement or study hall. Well, I've got a new one for you teachers.

Back to School List: 5 Reasons to Consider a Women's College

Helen Drinan | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Helen Drinan

Women's colleges are a great option for young women, but one that few students or parents ever consider. Here are five factors to consider as you think through the process.

In Media, Home and Schools: I Teach. You Learn. I Hope.

David Kleeman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
David Kleeman

With roughly 150,000 apps in Apple's "education" store, most aimed at children, there is a legitimate, deep and tough debate to be had on defining and achieving quality in media intended to teach.

Back-to-School Lesson in Kindness

Ana Homayoun | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
Ana Homayoun

With the new school year approaching, we frequently talk with children about how to academically have a good school year -- how to be organized, complete homework on time, study for tests and get good grades.

Inspiration from Jacaranda!

Kris Evans | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Kris Evans

Are you grabbing those precious moments when inspiration strikes? Or do you file them away, saying you will come back to them when you need them?

Columbine High School Principal Writes Touching Goodbye Note

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 08.13.2013 | Denver

After two students stormed Columbine High School and perpetrated one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, principal Frank DeAng...

Relaxing Into Summer With School on the Horizon

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Parents
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

Taking a few minutes out of each day to give children an opportunity to think about what they want out of the day, the week, the school year and perhaps their life is something that will make a lasting impression on them and develop positive habits that they can carry with them for years.

Does 'Redshirting' Your Kid Ever Backfire?

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

People mature and develop emotionally at their own pace. There is no way to speed up that process, and why would you want to?

4 Ways Parents Can Improve Their Child's Education

Maura Kastberg | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Maura Kastberg

Teens need a certain amount of freedom to make their own decisions, and being self-motivated is an important part of doing well in college. Yet, too much freedom will keep many high-school students from finishing their homework.

How to Decide if Grad School Is Right For You

Chuck Cohn | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

Many of those who enter grad school have hopes of earning more, changing a career, travelling, performing advanced research or passionately exploring a subject in detail.

Education and the Creativity Crisis

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents
Kerry O'Shea Gorgone

We need to cultivate creativity in our children, or we're effectively crippling them before sending them out into the world.

Redshirting in the Age of Academic Kindergarten: Should You Hold Your Child Back?

Lori Day | Posted 10.06.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

We now have a kindergarten arms race where school and state obsession with test scores, parental competition and anxiety and teacher preferences for older students have changed the very nature of a child's first year of elementary school.

Transgender Teen Petitions Governor For Trans Rights In Schools

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Over the past several months, Ashton Lee, a transgender 16-year-old from Manteca, California, has been at the forefront of the state's political arena...

Surveying the Best iPad Apps for Special Needs Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While iPads and touchscreen devices are impacting virtually every level of educational instruction, apps designed for special needs students are particularly transformative

The Crumbling of Public Education in Michigan

Hoon-Yung Hopgood | Posted 09.25.2013 | Detroit
Hoon-Yung Hopgood

There are thousands of children statewide who are not being provided the education they deserve, at the hand of adults who were supposed to protect their best interests.