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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Play and Learning in Early Childhood

When the word play is mentioned, I think of the joyous moments in my childhood—being outdoors on the swing or covered in mud or sand and making potions or delicious treats depending on the day. I think of the laughter, the sense of...

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Ways to Encourage Your Child's Mathematical Thinking

Do you want to encourage your child’s mathematical thinking and help them keep their skills sharp, but you don’t want to sound like you’re nagging them or giving them homework? Math practice doesn’t always have to mean sitting down...

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An Integrated Approach to Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning in Middle School

Recently, I decided to dig into the literature on social-emotional learning as there seems to be a concern among many parents that time and resources spent on cultivating social emotional skills in school might be at the expense of...

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Responding to Tragedy: Middle School Students and Activism

The world in which we live is a complicated place, filled with contradictions. I am distraught about the school shooting in Florida, as I know many are. I worry about the long-term effects these school shootings have on us—that...

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Creating a Homework Routine with Your Child

The idea of coming home after a long day of school should be a relief. But for many students, the hours spent after school are filled with attempts to independently tackle assigned homework, and with the brain already feeling...

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The Proof is in the Pudding: Heritage Month Celebrations in Schools

Growing up, I was quite close with my grandmother. I often found myself with her in the kitchen where she would be cooking for the family. She loved to cook, and, at times, I had the pleasure of assisting her. I remember once...

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Educating Future Voters in the Age of Social Media

Alexis Madrigal’s article, “What Facebook Did to American Democracy,” in the The Atlantic is a must read for anyone interested in preserving our democracy. The survival of democratic society depends on a well-informed electorate,...

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