Student Leadership

Young students benefit from having a chance to practice leading their peers in ways that encourage responsibility, fairness, and fun. By Matthew James Friday In a recent opinion writing unit, I was looking for a way to make a more meaningful connection between the writing and a change that the children could effect. So often, we

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happy kids with their African American female science teacher

What Everyone Needs to Know About Social-Emotional Learning

Understanding the facts, criticism, and trends of SEL. Posted June 20, 2022 |  Reviewed by Jessica Schrader KEY POINTS The benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) are well-researched. SEL programs are found nationally as well as internationally. Some SEL critics voice concerns about its value and place in schools. Source: iStock Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an educational program

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How to Help with the Transition

By Christine BaderAugust 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT We signed up my 7-year-old son for a socially distanced soccer camp, eager to give him some semblance of normalcy for the first time since our Oregon schools closed in mid-March. As we approached the field, though, he pulled my hand back and started crying. “I’m nervous

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Using Themes to Give Young Students a Sense of Purpose

Weekly themes like Chef Week make school fun while giving students a way to connect all the things they’re learning .By Michelle BlanchetOctober 13, 2020 Digital learning can get old. It can become harder and harder to vary without complicating our lives or our students’. This feels especially true for younger learners, who might struggle with

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Why Early Intervention is so Important

When Albert Einstein was a child, few people—if any—anticipated the remarkable contributions he would make to science. His language development was delayed, worrying his parents to the point of consulting a doctor. His sister once confessed that Einstein “had such difficulty with language that those around him feared he would never learn.” How did this child go

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Many Things to Consider

Districts explore providing iPads and Chromebooks, even for kindergartners By David Saleh RaufJune 8, 2020 Months before the coronavirus upended everyday life, a rural district in central Minnesota started giving Chromebooks to all of its high school students. It was the first time that devices owned by the Brainerd Public Schools were assigned to students to

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