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10 Ways for Kids to Find Their Own Score Card to Maximize Learning at School

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.29.2015 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Schools have rules, grades, tests, competitions, and hopefully, learning. If kids want to enjoy school, be inspired, maintain their desires for discovery, and have fun, they need to find their own pace at learning and not be pressured into doing more or less.

Is This Life Really a School?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

In this "School of Life," we learn by either being the teacher or the student. We are actually able to act in both roles, as teacher and student, sometimes not even knowing which part we are playing.

Community Wisdom and the Dyett High School Hunger Strikers

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Until we get to a point where decision making can be shared in Chicago and elsewhere, we will stand with the wisdom of our partners and friends at Dyett who are risking their well-being in their quest for a high performing community school.

5 Ways to Help Kids Get Through School Jitters

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Hepburn

Yesterday, I dropped off my 7-year-old at school. I held her hand as we wound around the school looking for her classroom and trying to make it before the bell signaled our tardiness. I tried to pass the one-year-old off to my husband so I could just focus on my daughter.

Sadness: The Heroic Emotion (Inspired by the Movie 'Inside Out')

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Although often used interchangeably, an emotion differs from a feeling. The movie "Inside Out" inspired me to explore that distinction as well as t...

15 Stereotypes No Class Would Be Complete Without

Alex Solis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Alex Solis

In school, people are generally placed into cliques whether by choice or by accident. This series represents some of them.

Celebrating Classroom Heroines

Mandy Stewart, Ph. D. | Posted 08.24.2015 | Women
Mandy Stewart, Ph. D.

Do you think you're too old, too far along in your career, too uncool for school? Not my friend Lois. After many years of being a stay-at-home mom and then a teacher, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the age of 55.

Parents, Please Pay Your Kids (Week 2 of Senior Year)

Lillian Sims | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I doubt any took that message home, so parents, I'm asking you: please, will you pay your children to learn? I need your help to convince your children that education is not all punishment. You don't have to pay them in physical money. You can pay them in high-fives, in big smiles and in ice cream trips.

How I View Myself as a Mother as School Begins -- Pride or Self-Doubt?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

As school starts up again and parents' schedules get complicated mothers put on a cheerful face as they get their kids ready for the new year. There's lots of shopping and hair cuts, new back packs, colorful notebooks and even visiting the school to prepare your child.

Back To School Tips For Parents Of LGBTQ Kids

The Next Family | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Back to school time is filled with the excitement of new backpacks, teachers, and reunions with friends. But for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgend...

It's Hard To Be What You Can't See

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.

3 Kinds of Apps to Watch Out for This School Year

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

If your kid is among the 73% of teens who have access to a smartphone, you're well aware of the app obsession that can take over a brain and body in seconds.

Back to School: Not Just a Celebration for Parents

Christine Wojdyla | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women
Christine Wojdyla

Obviously my enthusiasm for the end of summer comes with different reasons, but I'm eager for your kids to return to school, nonetheless. Even now that I'm no longer a server/bartender/retail associate with my afternoons free, I've found a few stellar reasons to rejoice when the kids are back in the classroom.

Another First Day

Adina Ciment | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

I wonder if I'll ever get used to it. I mean, it's just another first day. Like every year. But even with some of my kids leaving high school, I still find myself praying as they walk out the front door, "This is my life. You have my world. Please take care of her."

20 Things Kids Worry About on the First Day of School

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

If a new kid comes in and your friends like them more. If somebody new is better than you in your special talent and they take your place. If the new teachers are grumpy. If your new teacher is strict. If your new teacher is serious.

Have a Moment

Dina L. Relles | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

Wasn't this what we all hope for? That our kids become these self-sufficient beings, capable of walking off -- first down the hallway, then down the street, across town, and ultimately out of our household to create another -- without us?

The Top 10 Back-To-School Trends Of 2015, According To Pinterest

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 08.18.2015 | HuffPost Home

Back-to-school time is crucial. It's the unofficial part of the year when trends matter the most. As schools gear up for the new year, students (...

The Right Way To Encourage Introverts To Speak Up In School

The Quiet Revolution | John Spencer | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living

This story is one of three that we’re featuring on the question of class participation. For other perspectives, see “Participation Penalizes Quiet...

5 Back-to-School Brain Boosters

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Although many schools do give homework to keep the mind working during the off months and many parents practice educational activities at home with their children, there's nothing like a little priming to ease back into a heavy, weekly academic regimen.

How to Prevent Summer Regression in Academics

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teachers warn parents to keep up some reading, math, and science during the summer, so kids are fresh to learn in September. August is the month to be thinking about that. But how do you do this without kids feeling their summer's being interrupted by boring school stuff?

8 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Brent Almond | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Brent Almond

Preparing your kid (and by "your kid," I mean you) for their first day of REAL SCHOOL is easier than you think. Just follow these few simple suggestions and everything will be absolutely, positively, one hundred percent perfect.

Now Boarding: New York - Moscow - Tbilisi

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

While Russophobia in Georgia has been on a rapid rise in the aftermath of the five-day war, speculation about the growing anti-Russian sentiment inside U.S. academic circles may be inaccurate.

3 Ways to Prepare for Back to School Battles

Bavani Purushothaman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Bavani Purushothaman

Even I find it difficult getting back into the chaos, that is called school. As Benjamin Franklin said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Back to School: How to Set Your Kids Up for a Happy, Successful Semester

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Here are 5 simple things you can focus on to set your child up for a happy semester -- and maybe even the best school year, ever.

The Real Team Working for Your Child

Chris Minnich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Chris Minnich

We entrust teachers with our most precious asset, and the challenges they face daily would stretch anyone's emotional and physical capacity.