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Twelve School Resources for your Transgender Binder of Awesomeness

Melissa McLaren | Posted 08.22.2015 | Gay 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.

Why I Can No Longer Teach In Public Education

Stephanie Keiles | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Stephanie Keiles

I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. A job I didn't want to leave -- but I had to. I will always be there to fight for public education. But I just can't teach in it.

When Back-to-School Means Back to Being Scared for Kids With Disabilities

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Going back to school is always going to be a little nerve wracking. Kids will always worry about classes, friendships, and keeping up with the latest fads. But they should never have to worry for their safety.

27 Ways to Get Ready for School This Weekend

Hometalk | Posted 08.10.2015 | HuffPost Home

While we were busy taking trips to the beach and planning evening BBQ's, the new school year was sneaking up on us, and it's almost here! Before you or your child gets a panic attack though, take a breath and check out some ways you can prepare your family for going back to school.

Praying Words of Truth Over Our Children

Jess Chambers | Posted 08.08.2015 | Parents
Jess Chambers

I knew from the minute that he was born I'd have to begin the process of letting go and sharing him with the world. Then came Kindergarten. I prayed my mistakes and missteps would be covered in grace and that somehow he'd soar in spite of his mother and he sure did!

Then and Now: Innovation at the Core of the Charter Movement

Andrew Broy | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Andrew Broy

In recent years, some have begun to question the charter movement's commitment to real accountability. Some have even suggested that public charter schools are more worried about growth than ensuring that all schools deliver a consistently excellent education.

What's in Your School Lunch?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Back to school season is a time for new experiences. Beginning a new school year brings excitement, anxiety, and new opportunities. As a parent, ea...

Why I'm Not Pulling My Kids Out of Public School

Jessica Wolstenholm | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Jessica Wolstenholm

Many parents who choose public school fall victim to negativity and doubt as they navigate the academic road of their children. Those with a different view of education along with fear-inducing misinformation cause once-confident parents to wonder if they've made a mistake.

Illinois' School System Is Among Top 10 in the Nation

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.05.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

New study shows that Illinois schools systems rank among the nation's best. According to a new WalletHub study, the list of the top 10 states with the best public school systems includes Illinois.

Amy Winehouse, Allen Iverson, and the Importance of Seeing Our Students

Gregory Michie | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.

What If We Wanted For All Kids What We Want For Our Kids?

Smart Parents | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

We need more of a shared sense of collective responsibility for all children, more people who can model that for our young people, and more parents teaching their kids to do that. And we certainly need more non-parents involved in the lives of our young people so they learn that too.

Challenging Definitions of Success

Susie Wolbe | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Susie Wolbe

Are you ready to challenge your idea of success? I went through the process almost 10 years ago with an organization aptly named Challenge Success! ...

Understanding Your Middle Schooler: 4 Tips for Success

Smart Parents | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

Understanding those on the verge of or in the trenches of middle school can be like finishing a complex puzzle only to realize there is a single missing piece -- just when you think you have them all figured out, they pivot and leave you just as confused as you started.

Poverty Affects Education--And Our Systems Perpetuate It

Sean Slade | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Sean Slade

Poverty affects our education, our economy, and our future. It is becoming the norm, and we appear reluctant to address it. We have the steps in place to change it--and we've had these steps for over half a century. What has been waning is our will to act and our determination to succeed.

Why I Volunteered for the PTA (Even Though Everyone Told Me Not to)

Molly Shalz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Molly Shalz

I can't believe the reactions from people when I tell them I volunteered to be the PTA President at my sons' elementary school. I mean, I didn't exactly have plans to become the president of our school's PTA.