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What will Phil say?

What will Phil say?

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Thousands will gather in Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, to watch as the world’s most famous weather wizard makes his annual prediction. As he emerges from his burrow, television stations around the world will broadcast his movements. According to tradition, after Phil emerges from his burrow on Feb. 2, he speaks […]

Schools’ intervention services help struggling students

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Reading and writing are necessary for learning, but children sometimes struggle as they attempt to conquer literacy skills. It’s a battle that can take a toll in the long-term: Research shows that students who read significantly below grade level in third grade typically struggle throughout their school years and have a greater likelihood of dropping […]

Simple steps to support your child’s literacy journey

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A child’s literacy journey begins at birth. Babies and toddlers see and interact with printed words in their everyday lives – in books, at the grocery store, on street signs and more. They hear sounds they will eventually learn can be used in communicating with others to express thoughts, feelings and ideas. As they grow, […]

Take a healthy approach to pizza

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It’s the sort of news that can just about ruin a day: A study published in the medical journal Pediatrics suggests pizza may be contributing to childhood obesity. The study showed that one in five children and nearly one-quarter of adolescents in the United States consume pizza on any given day. Researchers at George Washington […]

The power of meaningful praise

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

“You did a great job!” you say, excited by your child’s test results. “You’re so smart!” As parents, we are delighted when our children do something that we believe is wonderful. We want them to know we think they’re amazing – whether it’s in school, on the playing field, in a music lesson or in […]

Focus on learning over results promotes academic integrity

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A story about cheating at Dartmouth College provides an opportunity to discuss with school-age children the importance of academic honesty. The Ivy League school in Hanover, N.H., often described as one of the nation’s elite private colleges, has accused 64 students of cheating in a sports ethics class. The students, many of them athletes, allegedly […]

Online courses offer rigorous educational opportunities

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Technology is expanding educational opportunities and could, to some degree, level the playing field for college-bound students from lower-income school districts. New York State Education Department several years ago launched a statewide virtual learning initiative to support school districts that wanted to provide online and blended learning opportunities. As part of that effort, the state […]

It’s never too late for a flu shot

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Health officials warned, and recent news stories are confirming that this is turning out to be a very bad flu season, but the good news is it’s not too late to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year is particularly challenging because the vaccine developed for […]