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Children Are the Future of Museums

Paula Wallace | Posted 12.03.2015 | Education
Paula Wallace

Children deserve a chance to visit museums, and they depend on parents and educators to provide them that chance. When we limit access to elevated environments, we run the risk of denying children important academic gains and learning skills.

15 Classroom Holiday Party Ideas To Help You Ring In Winter Break

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 12.03.2015 | Education

The end of first semester can be hectic for teachers, with students turning in final projects in a series of never ending deadlines. With all that gra...

Challenging Gendered Cultures in Childhood to Address School Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

One of the overwhelming findings is that kids are living in a world where sexism and sexual violence are not only normalized, but the relationship between sexism and sexual violence is deeply interconnected.

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.

Underrepresented Third Graders Learning to Code: Elementary Education 2.0

Romal Tune | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Romal Tune

It is critical to think about ways to impact children's learning at the youngest levels. Providing elementary-aged students with appropriate hands-on lessons and application of computer science content should be key for student learning.

Clipped Down...

Erin Musto | Posted 10.19.2015 | Parents
Erin Musto

I was a good kid, I had different skills and tools. We all do. I don't want my girls to grow up thinking that we all need to be amazing and fantastic every day. I also know that this knowledge and support of our kids being human and real starts with us, parents.

School District Bans Playing Tag, Claiming It's Not Safe For Kids

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Weird News

A Washington state school district has banned the game of tag for kids at recess, citing student safety. "[W]hile at play, especially during recess an...

On Colonial Fairs and 'De-Colonizing' American History in Elementary School

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

The relative exclusion of African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial curriculum of so many schools in the U.S., even in its mild liberal form, has strange effects.

Lesson From an Elementary School Teacher

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 09.15.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

One of the magnificent elementary teachers I have been able to observe in three recent days of school visits had a simple but wonderful task for her second and third grade high ability students.

Sometimes We Skip Homework

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 09.13.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Generally, whenever we don't have time to complete our homework, I am bombarded by an unpleasant cocktail of emotions: guilt, irritation, anxiety, frustration. That's right: I, a 37-year-old mother, felt overwhelmed and resentful about our third grade homework load. That's just not right.

A Parent's Advice for a New Year Teacher (or Any Teacher)

Justine Solot | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Justine Solot

I know being a teacher is an exhausting job. You are overworked, underpaid, and not adequately respected for the gift you give our communities. I hate to add work to your plate, but I promise communication up front will go along way in ensuring a successful year teaching.

4 Back-to-School Identity Theft Tips to Keep Kids Safe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents

Summer is drawing to a close, which means children across the country will be lacing up new sneakers and sitting down in new desks for the start of another school year. Parents have enough to worry about when sending their young ones out into the world without them, but how much does the average parent know about protecting their child's identity?

Spreading Their Wings -- Back to School

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

The lump in my throat has less to do with the impending start of first grade than the succession of years that flash before my eyes before they will eventually spread their wings to fly away from home.

A Letter to My Daughter's First Grade Teacher

Jennifer Panditaratne | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Panditaratne

With only one year -- kindergarten -- under our belts and no older sibling to pave the way, I'm still fairly new to all of this. When you find yourself throwing your hands up in the air and wondering, "is she even trying?" please know the answer is yes.

How to Stop Policing Girls and Women

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Unfortunately, policing of females doesn't diminish as we get older and it trickles into our social lives, our interactions with the general public and at work. Dress codes -- on paper or through verbal expectations -- are an easy way to determine if there is disparate treatment of the genders.

WATCH: Brother and Sister Duo Empower Kids to Protect the Environment

HooplaHa | Posted 08.19.2015 | Good News

These audacious children have traveled the world spreading their message and have even developed a curriculum for elementary school students.

Ease the Anxiety of Back to School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"

Neighborhoods: Stepping Stones or Millstones for Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape.

"It's a Ceremony!"

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Adina Ciment

It's the season of graduations and my newsfeed is filled with caps and gowns and diplomas. This year, I had two kids doing the Pomp & Circumstance walk.

Farewell to the School Playground

Gina Maier | Posted 06.09.2016 | Parents
Gina Maier

As the school year comes to a close, I find myself already mourning the imminent loss of one of my daily highlights: Pick up. What I will miss is the "theatre" that plays out for me within the microcosm that is my children's school playground.

19 Signs I've Been At This Parenting Thing Too Long

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I've been parenting for 24 years now... and I still have a kid in elementary school. In fact, we are in year 18 of 20 consecutive years at the local elementary school.

Boy With Asperger's Dreaded Field Day, So Fellow Fifth-Graders Helped Him Feel Like A Star

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.08.2015 | Good News

When one boy felt nervous about a school event, his classmates made sure he would have the time of his life. Preston Lillis, a fifth-grader at Gra...

A Letter to My Children's Teacher From a Grateful Parent

Elizabeth Laing Thompson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Elizabeth Laing Thompson

I'm sad that my children's time with you is drawing to a close. Not just their time in this grade, with these friends. Their time with you. Their teacher.

Korean American Artist Nam June Paik Inspires Elementary School Students

Tom Nagorski | Posted 05.29.2016 | Arts
Tom Nagorski

They filed in, one by one, a long line of fourth- and fifth-grade students, quiet and well-behaved until they crossed the threshold of the Asia Society gallery. And then, one by one, they gasped, cried out, and-- in the case of one young boy-- jumped and nearly fell on landing.

5 Things I Want For My Children In Elementary School

The Mid | Posted 05.22.2016 | Parents
The Mid

If we don't have time in a day to let our children play on the playground or kick a ball on the field together at school, something is very, very broken.