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Loudoun County Public Schools Offers New Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources for Parents and Students

SALT LAKE CITY – The Cook Center for Human Connection, a nonprofit dedicated to mental health and suicide prevention, has partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) to provide ParentGuidance.org to LCPS’ schools and families. Members of the LCPS community now have free access to a range of online mental health resources that empower families to help children thrive, including:

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How to start solving your school bullying problem

Key points: School leaders have a responsibility to address and solve bullying in their schools and districts All stakeholders and all aspects of bullying must be involved in solutions See related article: How my 5th graders are taking a stand against bullying Student bullying is a nationwide problem. Parents are outraged and demand that school administrators evaluate their campus security

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Most Parents Think Teachers Are Fully Prepared to Deliver Science of Reading-Aligned Instruction; Educators Are Less Optimistic

BOSTON – A national survey of over 800 U.S. parents[1] commissioned by  Lexia, a part of   Cambium  Learning Group, and conducted online by The Harris Poll, found that just over half (51%) of parents strongly agree that their children’s teachers are properly trained in the science of reading. However, Lexia’s own nationwide survey of educators[2] found that only 27% of educators felt

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Roylco Secures “Best STEM Building Toy” in Best Building Toys for Kids, According to Experts

ANDERSON, S.C. ––  Roylco, a leading innovator in manufacturing educational kids’ toys, proudly announces its recent accolade as “Best STEM Building Toy” in Good Housekeeping’s expert-rating “16 Best Building Toys for Kids, According to Experts.” Good Housekeeping, a coveted source for all parents seeking quality children’s products, has turned to its in-house panel of experts to test and review hundreds

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Dear parents: 3 ways AI will show up in your child’s classroom this year

Key points: Parents may have concerns about AI, but it’s important to know that AI is already in use in classrooms AI helps teachers personalize learning for students, and also frees teachers from tedious tasks so they can devote more time to direct instruction See related article: Taking a measured look at AI in the classroom As teachers, we know

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Unfinished learning concerns still plague educators

Key points: Concerns over unfinished learning continue to occupy educators’ minds, with only teacher shortages and burnout ranked higher, according to a national survey conducted by The Harris Poll and commissioned by Lexia, a part of Cambium Learning Group. Just 43 percent of parents strongly agree that their child’s school has done a good job addressing unfinished learning from the 2021-22

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Prioritizing social growth during online learning

Key points: The expansion of online education has been a real boon for busy parents, teachers, and students. Online learning lets children learn from the comfort of their own homes and gives teachers a chance to set their own schedules. However, some parents and teachers are worried about the social growth of students who are learning remotely. This is understandable,

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BookmarkED Addresses the State of Challenged Books with Industry-First Technology to Enable Parental Choice in School Libraries

DALLAS, Texas – BookmarkED, the industry-first technology solution to personalize libraries with parental choice, has announced its official launch in Texas. With the passing of  Texas House Bill (HB) 900, school districts face a pressing need to meet the changing requirements for parental engagement on library books that children have access to. BookmarkED is a Texas-based company that enables parents

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School safety concerns are on the rise as classrooms open

Key points: More than half of teachers and parents are more worried about school safety than in previous years, according to the 2023 K-12 School Safety Report from Motorola Solutions, which captured sentiments from 1,000 K-12 parents and 1,000 K-12 educators across the United States. The research reveals the most pressing concerns for those closest to school safety and highlights their

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Roylco, Inc Merges with MESH to Boost Social Emotional Learning in Children

ANDERSON, S.C — Since the rise of the pandemic and the isolation of quarantine, a surge of concern regarding children’s mental and social health has been the forefront for parents across the world. Roylco, Inc- an upstate South Carolina based educational toy manufacturer- has grasped these concerns in consideration for their products. With the release of their new STEAM product

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3 simple ways educators and families can accelerate math learning

Key points: The latest assessments have made it clear that math achievement has plummeted A combination of home-school communication and play-based activities can help students struggling with math See related article: We can teach math better–here’s how As the most recent nation’s report card made painfully clear, American students are struggling in math. At the same time, administrators, teachers, and

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We need a new approach to student assessment

Key points: End-of-year statewide assessments are vital, but are flawed in several ways A “through-year” system administers shorter tests throughout the year that can give teachers immediate feedback See related article: 3 new trends in student assessment All around the country, school has ended for students and summer break is underway. In many schools, students spent the last few weeks

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5 tips to keep online students motivated

Key points: Educators must support efforts that boost online student motivation Peer mentors, change of scenery, and spending time with students are important for online students A student’s motivation in school is a key driver of their academic success. Yet, the demanding nature of high school classes, mixed with a teenager’s natural craving for independence and individual identity, can stand

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3 ways to ensure kindergarten readiness for all children

Ensuring that children are developmentally ready for school on day one of kindergarten is critical. The better prepared children are for kindergarten, the more successful they are likely to be in their school experience. Kindergarten readiness involves more than just a child’s age and academic abilities. It also encompasses social-emotional competencies, including whether children can follow directions, regulate their own

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A smarter way to think about college

This month, hundreds of thousands of graduating high school seniors are weighing their college options. For many, it’s an intensely stressful time as they are rejected or waitlisted by schools they aspired to attend and decide where they will spend the next four years of their lives. Unfortunately, most will base those decisions on criteria that don’t actually determine the quality of

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Ransomware attacks on schools are only getting worse

Just a few years ago, ransomware probably didn’t rank very high on a list of things parents regularly talked about. But the odds are getting higher that if you ask a parent about it now, they’ll have plenty to say. Fourteen percent of parents of school-age children in the U.S. responded to a recent survey saying that they had experienced

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The purpose of a K-12 education: Who decides and how do we get there?

In a recent report by Populace (2022), 55 percent of American parents expressed their desire for educators to rethink how today’s K-12 schools are educating our children. The study found that, despite the widespread perception that American society wants K-12 schools to prepare students for college, college is not as important to parents as it used to be. Instead, the

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10 European startups supporting families and childcare

Parents feel more and more comfortable using digital platforms and devices while taking care of their children. The family tech sector perfectly recognizes the needs and struggles of young families and is working hard to take parenting to the next digital level and give families more room for quality time together. The family tech sector shouldn’t be perceived as only

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What the F? Grading strategies for early career teachers

According to a recent study, grading is one of the least stressful activities early career teachers have to complete. Grading is time consuming, however, and more grading-related questions are popping up in the news these days. For instance, are teachers allowed to reduce grades for late work? Are students allowed to retake tests on which they did not do well?

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13 edtech developments at TCEA 2023

The 2023 TCEA Convention & Exposition offered the opportunity for educators to connect in person and share insights and innovations around teaching and learning. Held in in San Antonio this year, TCEA 2023 was“the intersection of passion and possibility, curiosity and discovery, education and technology. And it’s the kind of learning that will change the story of education.” Conferences gave

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4 ways we can use edtech for engaging, high-quality learning experiences

Hate it or love – technology in education is here to stay. Parents can feel it, and the numbers back them up. Edtech is booming, with 40 times more venture capital invested in the sector in 2021 than in 2010. There is no question that edtech has brought new ways to support the learning process and was used extensively by

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