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After the Storm, Schools Rise Again

Paul Pastorek | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Paul Pastorek

The storm brought a new level of destruction to the city schools. More than 100 schools were severely damaged, rooms flooded with mud, holes torn in walls, rubble strewn in hallways. It was hard to imagine that New Orleans schools could come back from all of that, but they did.

To My Daughter With Down Syndrome On Her First Day of Kindergarten

Deanna Smith | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Deanna Smith

I know you can do this. It might take a while for you to figure out the new classroom and the new expectations of kindergarten, but you've got this.

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.

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.

Plaid Kilt or Mini Skirt? That Is the Question

Sophia Armenakas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Teen
Sophia Armenakas

The debate on school uniforms and dress codes is intensifying as many parents and educators are increasingly concerned about the trend toward inappropriate dress in schools.

What You Don't Want School, or Anyone, to Teach Your Kid

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

Life is about more than "just add water" and "heat and serve." We don't need to rely on a processing industry to eat, and we don't need to condemn our children to lives as constrained and skill-less dependents.

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.

America's Teachers Are the O.G. DIYers

This Old House | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
This Old House

Keep your library in order with a little help from these paint-stick markers! An easy enough DIY that makes a great organization tool for records and magazines at home, too.

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!

When Your Baby Goes Back to School

Sybil Brun | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Sybil Brun

My oldest child started eighth grade this past week, and when I allow my mind to dwell on the shock of that fact long enough, it almost makes my brain hurt -- just like when I tried to imagine my parents' age as a child.

9 of the Best Cookery Schools in London

Eating Europe Tours | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Eating Europe Tours

If you wish to pursue a career involving food, whether it be for the desire to become a Michelin-starred chef, to run a catering company, to become a private chef or work in food media, then you will find a professional course designed for you.

5 Things I Did For My Kindergartner That I Won't Be Doing Again This Year

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Last year, I sent my oldest "baby" to kindergarten. My dreams of a utopian school year were only crushed by one person: me.

Great Gadgets and Gear for Back-to-School

Jeana Lee Tahnk | Posted 08.17.2015 | Technology
Jeana Lee Tahnk

Back-to-school is underway and the leisurely dog days of summer will soon be a distant memory. This time of year always breeds a mix of excitement and dread, depending on who you ask, but everyone can agree that there are many handy tech products out there to help with the transition.

How to Go Back-to-School Shopping Without Breaking the Bank

Dustin Jacobs | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Dustin Jacobs

Back to school typically means back to spending for most families. Who remembers being a kid and being so excited to go shopping for brand new clothes, shoes, and supplies? Well now that I'm looking back on it I can only imagine what financial stress I put on my parents.

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...

Coca-Cola's New Health Venture: Coke Is Right But So Wrong

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Gerwin

In its more than 100 years of operation, the company has not only adjusted its products to changing tastes and health concerns, it has grown into a global enterprise and thrived economically. Thus, there is hope that in its new venture, Coke will realize that it cannot be part of the solution if it is significantly contributing to the problem.

Four Activities for Building a Positive School Climate

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Given the extraordinary complexity of this task, wouldn't it be great to hand principals a "silver bullet" for building a learning environment in which everyone thrives? But alas, no silver bullet exists.

How to Get the Most Out of Back-To-School Shopping

Hannah Helsabeck | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Hannah Helsabeck

By focusing on buying reusable items, especially when it comes to lunch supplies, you can save serious money and cut down on the amount of disposable items your family throws away.

The FCC and AT&T Don't Care About Rural Areas and They Can Just Make Crap Up

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

One would think that the FCC would care about a failure to upgrade whole parts of multiple states.

Are the FCC and AT&T Harming the Children of Rural Communities?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Bruce Kushnick

We received a copy of this letter, below, on the day the FCC rejected our Petition for Investigation against AT&T.

The Mead Generation

Steve Ralls | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Steve Ralls

It's one of the most frequently used quotes to describe the efforts of citizens, movements and determined individuals to impact change. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world," anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

5 Special Back to School Treats for Kids and Mom

Rachel Hollis | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Rachel Hollis

It's that time of year again. The time where we head to Target to stock up on school supplies and send the kiddos on their way. Since back to school season can get pretty hectic I've come up with a few ways to help make this year a little more special for everyone... even moms!

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.

How I Paid Off $22,000 In Student Loans In Only 9 Months

GOBankingRates | Posted 08.07.2015 | Money

I cut our grocery bill in half. The grocery total would vary every month. But in January 2014, I only spent $170 on groceries -- my lowest total ever. I like to feed my family organic produce, but I had to let that go for the sake of a bigger goal.

Back to School on a Budget

Julie Cole | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Julie Cole

Back-To-School season is an expensive time for families. With six kids heading off this September, I put all my own tips and tricks in high gear.