Picture Book Biographies of Inspirational Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve created a list of compelling picture book biographies that celebrate women’s accomplishments. Don’t be misled by the illustrations and format—these books provide entertainment and...

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Benefits of Outdoor Education in the Digital Age

I recently saw an internet meme that said, “...if you ever want to know what a teacher’s mind feels like, imagine a web browser with 2,879 tabs open. All. The. Time.” Though I couldn’t agree more, I don’t feel like this is unique...

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How Can I Help My Child Repair a Friendship?

When my daughter was in third grade, a close friend (let’s call her Susie) announced that she was no longer her friend. My daughter, still a bit shell shocked and confused, talked about it before bed time (after silently holding...

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Establishing Routines that Work for Young Readers

"How do I get my child to read?" “My child rarely picks up a book." "If it’s not technology based, my child is not interested!" "My child used to read all the time but not anymore." If you’ve ever said any of these things, you’re...

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Keeping a Love of Reading Alive

“If we teach a child to read but fail to develop a desire to read, we will have created a skilled nonreader, a literate illiterate.” —Kylene Beers

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Outdoor Activities for All Types of Weather

When having dinner with a few friends who had just moved to the DC area from California, I asked them how they were acclimating to their new home. “The weather has taken some getting used to,” one friend admitted. The table...

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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

In 2018, the March 24 student demonstration in DC, March for Our Lives, inspired our Middle School students to join the protest. In the national headlines: Facebook came under more scrutiny with another data breach, a soccer team...

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Hiring for Cultural Competency in Schools

When hiring season begins, many schools look for opportunities to increase the diversity of their faculty and staff. But it is not enough to simply hire for diversity, schools also need to look for cultural competency skills. While...

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Integration vs. Discipline-Based Approaches to Learning: Not an Either/Or

There is a long-standing debate in education between discipline-based learning and integrated learning. Many of us remember classes we took in school that were discipline based—math, science, English, foreign language, history. If...

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Middle school doesn't have to be the most stressful time in a person's life.

Whenever adults are asked to remember their years in middle school, their memories often include feelings of stress and anxiousness. “Oh my gosh, middle school was horrible! It was so awkward and embarrassing!”

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