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Dear Teachers: You're Not Fooling Me

Candice Curry | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Candice Curry

Sweet teachers: school just started, and I'll bet you're wiped out and definitely a little lighter in the bank account; but I see you. I see how hard you've worked before the first day of school even started. I see that you chose this job not to get rich or famous.

As A New School Year Begins, Please Remember This Story

Jenny Mosier | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Jenny Mosier

It is quite fitting that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The juxtaposition of the hustle and bustle of a new school year with the parallel universe where families are fighting simply for their child to survive is a poignant one.

For Those Of You Who Hated Square Dancing In School

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I might have liked the Square Dance unit in gym class if I hasn't been a head taller than every boy in the universe. I'm sure the cute, short girls had buckets of fun in the 1960s allemanding left and promenading all over the place. Remind me to poll them on Facebook.

What Trump Gets Wrong About America's "Silent Majority"

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 08.31.2015 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

You know when Trump talks about not having time for being PC and for wanting to "make America great again"? He means for white America. And the silent majority he refers to? And people being "afraid" to say things? White people. Afraid to say racist things out loud.

Public (School) Enemy Number One: How Structural Racism Undermines New Orleans Public Education

Stefin Pasternak | Posted 08.29.2015 | Education
Stefin Pasternak

Despite the various narratives of progress, black and brown kids across our city--almost regardless of school, age, neighborhood, or income--are punished, threatened, failing, and producing predictable, vilified, low test scores. This is no surprise to any of us--not a one.

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?

Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging for adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators aren't listening.

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 Study Strategy for Greater Success

Susie Wolbe | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Susie Wolbe

If you do the same things you've always done, you'll end up with the same level of achievement. If you set a new goal, you're going to have to do something new in order to achieve it. Will it be easy? Not always, but the first step is always the hardest step to take.

To the Kindergarten Parents on the First Day of School

Rachel Toalson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

This year another of my babies will join 125 other kindergarteners, on his way out the door of my house and into the door of the world. And it doesn't matter that I've done this twice before. Doesn't make it any easier.

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

Are You the Reason Our Children Are Failing in School?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Dr. John DeGarmo

When I first began teaching, and before I was a foster parent, I knew very little about foster care, or about foster children. To be sure, what I thought I knew about children in foster care, and about the foster care system, was as far from the truth as possible.

National Leaders Fail In School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The American public has given its grade to national elected leaders for their attempts to improve the country's public schools. The verdict is an "F" for failure. Public schools need to do better but that will only occur when there is cooperation in government, not antagonism.

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.

Twelve School Resources for your Transgender Binder of Awesomeness

Melissa McLaren | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Melissa McLaren

For the first time in her school history, our daughter will be the first transgender student they interacted with. Unfortunately, for the first time in her school history our daughter will have to use the unisex bathroom.

11 Parent Tips for Back to School

Jim Fannin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Jim Fannin

Where did the summer go? Fall is just around the corner and "back to school" is on many parent's minds. The challenge is getting school back on the mind of your "live-in" student. If you want your child to hit the ground running academically this school year, then it's time to retrain their brain.

Back to School Savings

MoneyTips | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education

Whether you are sending your kids off to kindergarten or to college, back-to-school time means a serious dent in your wallet. With some planning, however, you can limit the size of that dent.

Gearing Up for 'Back to School'

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

As the year begins, the teacher must also prepare herself to use technology to communicate with students and parents on a continuous basis, and this in turn can create a teacher-student-parent triad partnership throughout the year, which can further academic causes.

Autism Without Fear: How 'Best Practices' Are Vastly Overrated in Today's Educational Environment

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

As an autism consultant employed by schools, the over-reliance I see on best practices -- even without the term's vagaries -- is vast, counter-productive given the current climate, and might be causing us to miss greater gaps in educating students on the autism spectrum, if not beyond.

How School Has Changed Since I Was A Little Girl

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I learned a lot about modern parenthood when I watched my brother's kids for a week while he and his wife went on vacation. I stayed at their house, cooked the meals, and got their kids to and from school -- the same my brothers and I went to.

School May Be Starting, But That Doesn't Mean Parents Stop Teaching

Frida Berrigan | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I am in countdown mode. In just one week, Seamus Philip Berrigan Sheehan-Gaumer starts school. That's right, our 3-year-old will matriculate at The Friendship School in Waterford, Connecticut from about 9:30 in the morning until 3:00 p.m. five days a week. Yikes!

More to Learn: Follow a Teacher Through Senior Year Again

Lillian Sims | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

It's Saturday, August 15, we're teachers, and we just survived the first week of school. Don't worry -- I'm not here to complain about it! I want to tell you why it's all worth it -- and how you can make it even better this year.

Horizons of Opportunity for Young People

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

While there is no need for everyone in America to be a doctor or lawyer, and there is a real need for many people to do different, perhaps less intellectual things, it is crucial for our schools to enable as many young people as possible to know and understand about higher horizons.

A Mindful Plan to Avoid Distractions

Susie Wolbe | Posted 08.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

Distractions are apparently more than just a little nuisance. Pulling your attention away from one activity to something else can result in a plethora...

The Lost Art of Kindness: Cyberbullying, an Ever-Growing Issue

Alicia Cook | Posted 08.12.2015 | Technology
Alicia Cook

When I attended elementary, middle and high school, things were different. There was no real anonymity. I knew which classmates wanted to humiliate me. I sat next to them in class. They would sign their actual names on their mean notes to me in between periods.