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The Little Yellow School Bus, or the Lessons We Take

Timothy Braun | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Timothy Braun

Recently a friend's 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. To help with the transition I asked if I could write the young lady a let...

Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

Five of the Top Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

SchoolDigger has ranked the top schools of every grade category in Illinois--elementary, middle and high school. The rankings are based on each school's average standard test score.

Obesity Swept the Nation and Now Healthy Schools are Taking it Back... With Your Help

Rob Bisceglie | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Rob Bisceglie

There are many incredible and life-changing improvements around health taking place in schools across the country right now, led by everyday heroes who deserve and need our support.

Doing Better: How School Leadership is Making Student Health and Well-Being a Priority

Sharon Adams-Taylor | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Sharon Adams-Taylor

Superintendents cannot singlehandedly improve the health of every student, but they are the first step in changing the trajectory of health for all students in their districts.

Educators Need to Rethink Punishment

Sheri Bauman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Sheri Bauman

The excluded child loses the opportunity for positive socialization. One cannot learn from positive role models if there are none present, and children cannot learn how to manage their behavior in school if they are not there.

School Spring Break in London with Kids

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

Spring break in America is one week but here in my kids' school in Scotland, they're off for 18 whole days. In the middle of the school year! After getting over the initial culture shock, I realized the only way to survive the long interruption in the school year is to figure out an escape.

The Importance of Volunteering

Suzie Skougard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

My 8 year old son has been out sick the last two days. Today, he seemed fine. I told him that he'd be going back to school tomorrow, and instantly his symptoms reappeared. "I'm hot. My forehead is warm. My hands are cold," and then the fake cough started up.

5 Women Inspiring Us To Reinvent

Posted 04.23.2015 | Women

Evolution. It’s as pivotal to a woman’s life as it has been to the development of our species. Moving from the role of singleton to life partner, ...

Give Volunteers the Credit They Deserve

Michael Lombardo | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Lombardo

As we wrap up National Volunteer Week, it's compelling to consider why it is that the word "just" is so often attached to the word "volunteers."

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

I Don't Know How to Talk to My Kindergartener About Race

Karen Cordano | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Does it help to talk about it? Do I dare talk about it as a white woman who is incredibly privileged? Can I do something to help? Is trying to do something to help an example of privilege trying to solve problems it doesn't understand?

Choosing the Poetry of Life

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.17.2015 | Books
Mitch Ditkoff

There is a moment in everyone's life when all the cards are on the table, all the chips, too -- the moment of truth when the entire universe, it seems, is conspiring to call one's attention to the choice we have every single day to let go of the past and move towards what is truly calling us.

A New Generation Will Educate the World

Anita Casalina | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Welcome back, spring! Watching last year's old and tired become this year's new and fresh is always invigorating for me. It's encouraging to see new flowers push up through the dirt, determined to succeed and grow.

How Breakfast Can Impact Our Future

Mark Hertling | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Mark Hertling

Most people don’t start a long road trip without putting gas in the car. Yet, millions of parents send their children off every morning without ensu...

Louis C.K.'s Master Plan For Making Sure His Kids Don't Grow Up 'Weird Or Spoiled'

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents

Worried about raising your kids right? Louis C.K. has been there. In the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, the 47-year-old comedia...

3 Things a Bullying Survivor Needs

Heather Piedmont | Posted 04.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Heather Piedmont

Despite my dual masters and my White House internship, I am at the core a bullying survivor. No matter how many years pass, I still on occasion cringe...

Green Cleaning at School -- Tips From One Parent

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Claire L. Barnett

Think about how cleaning a school building -- maybe 100 times larger than the average house -- might take more time, more effort and even different kinds of products -- products specifically designed for use in large-scale commercial and institutional buildings.

15 Illinois School Districts With the Top-Paid Administrators and Teachers

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Education in Illinois comes under much scrutiny. But in order to propose effective ideas to make the system better, Illinoisans should know what the current system looks like.

A Gift to Us

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News
Catherine Nagle

She woke up early in the morning before the dawn of light and started cooking a large pot of oatmeal. As she cooked, she put a fresh stick of butter on the table to soften for spreading on our toast. In between warming a bottle of milk for the baby, she managed to put on a pot of coffee.

Can Online Fundraisers Save Struggling Schools?

Emily Richmond | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Emily Richmond

A couple of recent stories highlight schools turning to online fundraising to provide students with everything from basic classroom supplies to long-distance field trips.

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.

Why 'Your Child Is Not As Gifted As You Think' Is the Worst Thing a Teacher Can Say

Matthew Dicks | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

This is not to say that I haven't heard this sentiment expressed many times in my 17 years as a teacher. But whenever I hear a teacher express this idea, I push back immediately, and I push back hard, for three reasons.

15 of Illinois' School Districts in the Worst Financial Shape

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.27.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, Illinois school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more as state and federal funding dries up, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Who's To Blame For Pennsylvania's School Closings?

Peter Greene | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

It is some sort of amazing Jedi mind trick -- citizens and taxpayers are looking right past the causes of schools' financial problems and deciding to blame it all on local school boards.