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The Right Way to Choose a College

college-446Does the brand name of the college you attend actually matter? The best research on the question suggests that, for most students, it doesn’t. Read more »

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Working Memory: The Engine for Learning

workingmemory444Approximately 10% of us have weak working memory; however, the estimates of the percentage of weak working memory in students with specific learning disorders, including dyslexia, ranges from 20 to 50 percent. Weak working memory is a core difficulty for students with ADHD, Inattentive Type. Read more »

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The Moral Wages of the College Admissions Mania

graduation443Just what is all this scheming and obsession with status teaching children?

Getting an A in biology — and being awakened, in the process, to the wonders of the natural world — doesn’t matter if a committee of strangers at Stanford isn’t sufficiently impressed? Read more »

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Helping Middle School Students Get Ready for High School [presentation] [video]

Is your child transitioning to high school this year? Learn more about valuable aspects of a successful transition for your child in the move from middle school to high school.  Jeff Kozlowski, MA, Head of Sand Hill School and Elaine Antipuesto, Math and Advisory Middle School teacher at Sand Hill School, discuss building self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, plus emotional coping strategies. Read more »

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Teaching Executive Functioning Skills in the Elementary Classroom [presentation] [video] [downloadable]

This workshop for educators introduces multiple options for cultivating executive function skills within the framework of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Using subject-specific case studies, participants will develop plans that incorporate developmentally appropriate Executive Function strategies to increase student engagement, knowledge, and self-regulation.

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Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses

Autism research 440Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder. Read more »

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Movement And Breathing Breaks Help Students Stay Focused On Learning

meditation-439For many kids, sitting still all day in school is a big challenge, which is why movement breaks are good practice, whether it’s in elementary school or high school. Additionally, learning science shows us that movement activates the brain and improves cognition. Read more »

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The Frenzied College Admission Race is Making Our Children Sick

college437The news stories about parents bribing their children’s way into selective colleges is deeply unsettling on many levels, but there is—potentially—one small silver lining. These stories shine a light on what has become endemic among today’s affluent youth and their families: a single-minded, even frenzied drive to succeed in the college admission race. This pursuit of a narrow definition success is making our children sick. Read more »

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Why Teacher-Student Relationships Matter

teacher 436Education watchers have long known that the relationship with a teacher can be critically important to how well students learn. But emerging research is giving a clearer picture than ever of how teachers can build and leverage strong relationships with their students. Read more »

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