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Chess for Success
Monday, March 28, 2011

Research has shown that kids that play chess have higher math scores and increased verbal intelligence/cognition. Learn how to start a chess club at your school and get kids and parents involved.

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Family-Schools.org
Thursday, October 07, 2010

"When the school functions as a community rather than in a community, its constituents associate with one another and share common values about the education of children. Those children become our children, and parents are full partners in the education of their children and each other's children. Teachers are professionals integrated into the web of community and buoyed by common purpose."

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International Reading Association Parent Resources
Thursday, October 07, 2010

IRA resources are available to help parents as they take on their critical role as their children’s first and most important teachers. Resources include Getting Your Child To Read, Supporting Your Beginning Reader, What Kids Really Want To Read, and Storytelling: When? Why? How!

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SchoolGrantsBlog.com
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

"Our mission is to help each and every single person get a school grant. We are 24/7 working committee dedicated in helping students and adults to get higher education."

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Artsedge from the Department of Education
Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Artsedge from the Department of Education helps artists, teachers, and students find and share information , resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject area in the K-12 curriculum.

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Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners from the Department of Education
Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners from the Department of Education provides videos, slideshows, and tools for teaching reading to K-5 English learners.

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Seeing Math ™ from the Department of Education
Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Seeing Math ™ from the Department of Education features a math curriculum, professional development for teachers, and software "interactives." The interactives, available on the web, clarify key algebra concepts. They help students see connections between symbolic and graphic representations of quadratic functions, linear functions, piecewise linear functions, and more.

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National Institute for Literacy from the Department of Education
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

National Institute for Literacy from the Department of Education has resources that provides information about research, practices, and policies aimed to improve reading instruction for children, youth, and adults.

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Helping Your Preschool Child from the Department of Education
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Helping Your Preschool Child from the Department of Education including resources and offers fun activities for parents to use during everyday routines to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop skills needed for success in school and life. The booklet also describes behaviors and changes parents can expect to see during these three developmental stages.

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Helping Your Child Learn History from the Department of Education
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Helping Your Child Learn History from the Department of Education includes links to offers activities parents can use to help young children (preschool through Grade 5) learn about history. It includes suggestions about how parents can work with teachers and schools to help children succeed in school.

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Links for Parent Involvement from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

Links for Parent Involvement from the Department of Education, I Am Your Child, Parents As Teachers, Kidsource and much more.

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Special Practices and Programs from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

Special Practices and Programs from the Department of Education including links to Parent Resource Centers, Parent Workshops, Secondary School Strategies and much more.

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A Guide To Reading Tips for Parents from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

A Guide To Reading Tips for Parents from the Department of Education including links to Reading: Tips To Share with Parents, True or False: Part 1, What Parents Should Look for in a Good Early Reading Program,and much more.

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Education.com
Monday, August 02, 2010

Education.com has information and resources on Tips to Keep Learning Hot This Summer, Bullying at School and Online, Our Essential Gift Guide,and Recent Questions.

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National Association for Gifted Children
Monday, August 02, 2010

National Association for Gifted Children has information and resources for Gifted At A Glance, Supporting Parents and Families, Tools for Educators and much more.

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The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT)
Monday, August 02, 2010

The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) including resources on Research-based Resources, On-line Resources, Resource Links and much more.

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My Child's Special Needs, English Language Acquisition from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

My Child's Special Needs
English Language Acquisition from the Department of Education including links to, English Language Acquisition National Clearinghouse, Bilingual Education Publications,and Resources in Spanish.

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Federal Technical Assistance for Early Learning from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

Federal Technical Assistance for Early Learning from the Department of Education including recources for Selected Technical Assistance Resources, Longitudinal Studies, Research Studies and much more.

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Ready to Learn Television from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

Ready to Learn Television from the Department of Education including links to Program Description, Types of Projects,and Additional Information.

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Contacts Toll-Free Numbers and Hotlines from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

Toll-Free Numbers and Hotlines from the Department of Education including recources for General Information, Financial Aid Information, Publications and much more.

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Education for Homeless Children and Youths Grants for State and Local Activities from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

Education for Homeless Children and Youths Grants for State and Local Activities from the Department of Education including links to Program Description, Types of Projects,and Additional Information.

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Supplemental Educational Services from the Department of Education
Monday, August 02, 2010

Supplemental educational services from the Department of Education including a description of the services available, legislation, regulations, guidance and much more.

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Educational Development Center (EDC)
Wednesday, June 02, 2010

"EDC is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Working with public-sector and private partners, we harness the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement.

EDC conducts 350 projects in 35 countries around the world.

Our services include research, training, educational materials and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives. EDC enjoys a worldwide reputation for its excellence in program and fiscal management and for the impact of its work."

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The Right Choice for Kids
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"The National Association for the Education of Young Children can help you feel good about the child care, preschool, and kindergarten programs you choose for your child.  NAEYC-Accredited programs provide a safe and healthy learning environment with well-trained teachers who work with curricula that are appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.  Look for the NAEYC-Accredited program torch when choosing a program for your child."  Find the NAEYC program near you by following this link.

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Tips for Parents: The Gender Gap in Schools - Fact or Fiction?
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For decades we’ve been hearing about the “Gender Gap” in our schools.  This gap referred to research done in the 1970s, 1980s and particularly the early 1990s that indicated that girls were performing significantly lower than boys in math and science, received less attention from teachers, and that more men than women were going to college.  Today, a growing tide of researchers and educators are loudly claiming that not only was this research flawed, but the exact opposite is true.  Boys are the ones falling behind.

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Sound Prints
Thursday, April 22, 2010

SoundPrints.com offers a wide variety of books and audio books for kids 12 months and up.  The company partners with organizations such as The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the World Wildlife Federation to create accurate educational books, audiobooks, and accessories.

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The Right Choice for Kids
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"The National Association for the Education of Young Children can help you feel good about the child care, preschool, and kindergarten programs you choose for your child.  NAEYC-Accredited programs provide a safe and healthy learning environment with well-trained teachers who work with curricula that are appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.  Look for the NAEYC-Accredited program torch when choosing a program for your child."  Find the NAEYC program near you by following this link.

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What Should Students Read?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"When looking at what students are required to read in school in 2010, it might as well be 1960. We need visionary educators who see bold purposes for school and who understand that what students read in school has profound, lifelong effects, both good and bad."

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Tips for Parents: Censoring Your Reader?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The word “censor” instantly starts a debate in nearly every group it is uttered.  We’re not advocating burning books, but we’ve heard from a number of parents that are concerned about the quality of the literature their kids are reading.  How do you know what is good and bad for your child and does encouraging a love reading mean letting your kids read anything they want?

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American Indian College Fund
Friday, March 12, 2010

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships and other support for the American Indian students. The Fund disburses approximately 6,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through higher education. The Fund also provides support for tribal college needs ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities.

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The Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation
Friday, March 12, 2010

The Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation (ALEF), a non-profit organization funded by foundations and companies, supports and  enables young men and women from Appalachia to pursue higher education though scholarship and leadership curriculum. The program includes an emphasis toward the preparation required to be the leaders of the next decade.  The concept of operations for ALEF is to partner with established academic institutions across Appalachia to provide the technical skills necessary as the basis for credible leadership.

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The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Friday, March 12, 2010

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 34 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $280M in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need.   Two-thirds of these students were the first in their families to go to college.

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United Negro College Fund
Friday, March 12, 2010

UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they want and deserve. To close the educational attainment gap between African Americans and the majority population, UNCF helps promising students attend college.

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The Posse Foundation
Friday, March 12, 2010

Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

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College Summit
Friday, March 12, 2010

College Summit is a national nonprofit organization that partners with schools and districts to strengthen college-going culture and increase college enrollment rates, so that all students graduate career and college-ready.

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Future Educators Association
Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Future Educators Association (FEA), is a professional organization that suports more than 20,000 students who are interested in education-related careers.  Through FEA, these students get a realistic vision of what it means to be a teacher.  The FEA program provides members with:

  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Hands-on career exploration activities
  • Unparalleled professional learning opportunities at the annual national conference
  • A connection with peers worldwide through FEAConnect, and online community just for FEA members."
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Playful Learning
Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Engaging in playful learning experiences with your children requires planning, preparation, flexibility, spontaneity and free, unstructured periods of time in your schedule.  This website has been designed to help families with the first two requirements: planning and preparation.  Incorporating the last three items: flexibility, spontaneity and free, unstructured periods of time into our lives is a process that is worthy of sharing with each other."

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Watch Know
Saturday, October 31, 2009

Videos for kids to learn from.

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Teacher Tube
Saturday, October 31, 2009

If you are a teacher or parent  that uses YouTube to get educational videos,  then this is the perfect site for you. Teacher Tube is an education version of YouTube that provides educational videos and resources.

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Tips for Parents: School Fundraising
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In a time when school budgets often cover only the basics, many parent groups recognize school fundraisers as a way to pay for sports, computer, music and arts programs and equipment.  And while these campaigns can be helpful, the right planning is necessary to be really successful.  Before you choose a school fundraising campaign, be sure to review these school fundraising tips.

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America's Promise Parent Engagement Toolkit
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

"This toolkit also is a resource for Dropout Summit conveners and community leaders bringing the parent voice into the planning process and the development of local and state action plans addressing the dropout crisis."

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Tips for Parents: Back to School
Friday, August 14, 2009

In Tips for Parents: Back to School, get 6 tips for a smooth back to school transition and setting a foundation for school success all year long.

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Tips for Parents: Preschool Options
Friday, July 03, 2009

In Tips for Parents: Preschool Options, learn about the common public and private preschool options available, including their benefits and drawbacks; and get links to more information.

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Tips for Parents: Summer Reading Programs
Monday, June 01, 2009

In Tips for Parents: Summer Reading Programs, learn why reading during the summer is important, what summer reading programs offer, and how to find a summer reading program near you.

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YourHomework.co.uk
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"YourHomework was formed to offer a unique reference point on expert advice to help with your homework.  YourHomework.co.uk offers valuable expert insights on a wide variety of homework issues. We believe that confidence is key to academic success. When undertaking a home study project, it is vital to be well prepared, well informed and inspired. Our content is designed to guide you through your home-based studies, ensuring that you need never feel nervous about a homework task again."

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Reading Rockets tips for Parents of Third Graders
Friday, April 03, 2009

"Read about it, talk about it, and think about it! Find ways for your child to build understanding, the ultimate goal of learning how to read. The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child."

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Reading Rockets Tips for Parents of Second Graders
Friday, April 03, 2009

"Find ways to read, write, and tell stories together with your child. Always applaud your young reader and beginning story writer! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child."

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Reading Rockets Tips for Parents of First Graders
Friday, April 03, 2009

"Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your young reader to practice every day! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child."

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Reading Rockets Tips for Parents of Kindergarteners
Friday, April 03, 2009

"Play with letters, words, and sounds! Having fun with language helps your child learn to crack the code of reading. The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child."

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Reading Rockets Tips for Parents of Preschoolers
Friday, April 03, 2009

"Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin reading to your child! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child."

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Reading Rockets Tips for Parents of Toddlers
Friday, April 03, 2009

"Being a toddler is all about action. Encourage continued language development and interest in books and reading by keeping things lively and engaging. Everyday experiences are full of opportunities to engage in conversation and develop language skills. The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child."

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Unigo.com College Reviews by College Students
Friday, February 27, 2009

Unigo.com offers reviews of college campuses from the students that attend there.  Includes photos of the campus, student videos about the school and is free to use.

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The Educare Institute
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Educare Institute works, "To inspire children to achieve their very best; to educate children in character and leadership by drawing out their hidden character traits and leadership qualities; to help them realize that their character is their real strength and that all other acquisitions like wealth and education is of no real value without character;  to develop good leadership qualities among youth and make them understand that the labor of leadership is a character issue; and to encourage everyone to think about the well-being of our planet."

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Ounce of Prevention
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Ounce of Prevention Fund is dedicated to ensuring that, beginning at birth, children in low-income families can overcome the challenges of poverty and enter kindergarten fully prepared to achieve.  We believe it far more cost-effective, and caring, to help at risk children and their parents build healthy foundations than to treat problems later in life.

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Peterson's Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"If you're a student with a learning disability, many challenges lie ahead of you, including researching and selecting a college that best suits your requirements. Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD highlights more than 1,100 two- and four-year institutions in the U.S. and Canada that offer programs for students like you."

If you can't afford to buy this book new, look for it on used book sites online such as amazon.com or ebay.com, or ask your local library.

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Tips for Parents: Taking a Year Off
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Learn how taking a "gap year" can help some students find purpose in their studies and broaden their world view.

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Multiplication.com
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

 Forget flashcards!  Multiplicaton.com gives kids numerous games to practice their multiplication facts.  Great for at school practice or homework time.  Free online.

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NAFSA's Resources for US Students Seeking to Study Abroad
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Learn how to fund a study abroad program and read personal accounts of other students' study abroad experiences.

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Peterson's Search for Study Abroad Programs
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Search for study abroad programs by location, discipline and other criteria.

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Go Abroad.com's Study Abroad Guide
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Understand the opportunities studying abroad offers, learn how to find financial aid, how to find a program and more.

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Video: Whole Language
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An explanation of the whole-language classroom.

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Video: What's Wrong with History?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Students are missing key concepts in history.

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Video: Thinking Skills
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tips to help your child develop important critical thinking skills.

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Video: The Beauty Bias
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How beauty influences attention and expectations in the classroom.

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Video: Teachers Teaching Ethics
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Information about the character education movement.

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Video: Taking Your School's Reading Pulse
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ways your school can get kids hooked on books.

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Video: Student Council in Elementary School
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Why student council should be part of your child's education.

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Video: Stress and School Performance
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Help your child cope with stress.

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Video: Silent Students
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Understand why some students are silent in class and how to encourage them to speak up.

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Video: School Violence
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ways to help your school decrease student violence.

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Video: School Uniforms
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The benefits of implementing a school uniform policy.

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Video: Schools and Science
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tips to make sure science education gets the attention it deserves.

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Video: School Safety Starts at Home
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Understand the ways school safety starts at home.

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Video: School-Based Management
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Find out the pluses and minuses of School Based Management.

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Video: Report Card Styles
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A look into the difference between traditional and newer report card styles, and which is better.

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Video: Redshirting in Kindergarten
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Why holding children back from kindergarten actually hinders learning.

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Video: Preparing Your Child for College
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Why waiting until high school to plan for college is a mistake.

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Video: Picking a Pre-School
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What to look for when choosing a pre-school.

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Video: Peer Helper Programs
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Teach teens how to really listen to each other and to be bridges to professional assistance.

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Video: Multicultural Education
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Understand the value of multicultural education.

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Video: Motivation and Learning
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Parents are the primary influence in their child's motivation to learn.

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Video: Life After Low SAT Scores
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

College admission tests don't measure all indicators of college success.

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Video: Less Students, More Learning
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tips to increase your child's learning in a large class.

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Video: Learning Styles
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Encourage your child's unique learning style.

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Video: Is Environmental Education Important?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why environmental education should be taught in the classroom.

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Video: Invented Spelling
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How invented spelling allows children to experience writing on their own earlier.

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Video: Integrated Learning
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How an integrated curriculum increases student success.

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Video: Increase Learning Time
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The link between less school and lower academic performance.

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Video: How Reading and Writing Begin
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tips to help your child develop writing skills.

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Video: Grades and Achievement-Part II
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Grades don't always mean students have learned all they need to be prepared for college or work.

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Video: Grades and Achievement-Part I
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why grades aren't always a sign of achievement.

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Video: Global and Analytic Learners
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Is your child a global or analytic learner?  Why it's important to know.

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Video: Geometry-Not Just for High School
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why children learn geometry most effectively when it is part of their daily lives.

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Video: Flunking Doesn't Work
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Research shows that flunking can actually do more harm than good.

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Video: First Day of School-Getting Ready
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Help ease your child's apprehension about starting school.

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Video: Early Spelling
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Invented spelling is one of the stages of learning to write.

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Video: Dropping Out-What Parents Can Do
Friday, April 11, 2008

What parents need to know to keep kids in school.

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Video: Dropping Out-The Reasons Why
Friday, April 11, 2008

Identify the warning signs before your child drops out.

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Video: Dropping Out-Don't Let Your Child Be Next
Friday, April 11, 2008

Two things you can do to keep your child from dropping out.

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Video: Do Test Preparation Courses Help?
Friday, April 11, 2008

How to choose the right test preparation courses.

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Video: Do Mixed-Age Classes Work?
Friday, April 11, 2008

Discover why mixed-age grouping in classrooms can help children learn.

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Video: Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Education
Friday, April 11, 2008

What developmentally appropriate education is and why it's important.

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Video: Curing Our Science Phobia
Friday, April 11, 2008

Find out how to use your home and yard as a science laboratory.

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Video: College Dropouts
Friday, April 11, 2008

Why students drop out of college.

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Video: Class Size-Just How Many Students?
Friday, April 11, 2008

Ways to encourage your school to reduce class size.

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Video: Choosing Your Child's School
Friday, April 11, 2008

What to look for when choosing a new school.

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Video: Bring on the Picture Books
Thursday, April 10, 2008

The importance of picture books in a child's education.

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Video: Bribery for Grades
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tips to motivate kids to earn good grades.

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Video: Be Smart, Include Art
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tips for incorporating art into your child's education.

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Video: At What Age Kindergarten?
Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to determine when children should enter kindergarten.

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Video: Algebra--Earlier
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Why algebra should be introduced much earlier.

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Tips for Parents: More Standardized Testing?
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A testing expert, James Popham, makes recommendations about the quantity and quality of standardized testing in America's schools.

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Tips for Parents: Home is Your Child's First School
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Understand your role as your child's first teacher.

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Tips for Parents: Authentic Assessment
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Understand why authentic assessment is a better tool for measuring students' achievement.

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Tips for Parents: Invented Spelling
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Learn how children first begin to write and why early spelling mistakes actually help your child read and write better.

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Tips for Parents: Preparing for College
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Why waiting for high school to prepare for college is a mistake.

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Tips for Parents: Starting School
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tips for making the first day of school a positive experience.

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Tips for Parents: Whole Language
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Learn about whole language and how it helps kids learn.

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Tips for Parents: Class Size
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tips for increasing learning and reducing class size.

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Tips for Parents: Science
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Discover why science is so important and ways to encourage your kids to study it.

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Tips for Parents: The Necessity of Art
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Why art is a necessity in education.

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Tips for Parents: Algebra
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Discover why introducing algebra in earlier grades makes good sense.

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Tips for Parents: Test Scores
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Understand why it's important to keep perspective when it comes to test scores.

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Tips for Parents: The Beauty Bias
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Discover how the beauty bias can hinder a child's academic achievement.

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Tips for Parents: Academic Redshirting
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Why holding children back from kindergarten actually hinders learning.

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Tips for Parents: Schools and Science
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Learn the importance of science in your child's education and get tips to make sure your school's science department makes the grade.

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My Wonderful World
Monday, March 31, 2008

"My Wonderful World is a national campaign to give kids the power of global knowledge."  This campaign seeks to increase global awareness through geography.  With a parent action kit, links to other great resources, and "games and cool stuff" for kids. 

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Tips for Parents: School Stress
Monday, March 31, 2008

Identify the stressors your child faces and learn healthy ways to deal with stress.

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Tips for Parents: Flunking
Monday, March 31, 2008

Learn why "flunking" a student is never the right solution.

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Tips for Parents: Learning to Write
Monday, March 31, 2008

Discover why it's important to encourage a child's first writing attempts.

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Tips for Parents: Multicultural Education
Monday, March 31, 2008

The importance of multicultural education and what you can to do make sure your child receives it.

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Tips for Parents: Improving Memory
Monday, March 31, 2008

Methods and tricks for improving memory.

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Tips for Parents: Math
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Why it's important to show enthusiasm for math and tips for helping your child succeed.

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Tips for Parents: Character Education
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Understand the importance of character education in schools.

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Veggie U
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Veggie U provides fourth grade curriculum that meets national science standards.  "The lessons are rooted in a simple premise: Children who experience hands-on learning in how to grow and harvest their own vegetables will want to eat them, now and later in life."

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US Department of Education’s Supplemental Education Resource Page
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Links to Supplemental Education resources from the US Department of Education.  Includes programs and frequently asked questions.

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US Charter Schools
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chartering allows schools to run independently of the traditional public school system and to tailor their programs to community needs. While not every new school is extraordinarily innovative and some school operations may mirror that of traditional public schools, policymakers, parents, and educators are looking at chartering as a way to increase educational choice and innovation within the public school system.

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Tool Kit on Hispanic Families
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Resources to help students succeed in school.  "This tool kit was developed with guidance from over 1,800 Hispanic parents at Parent Information and Resource Centers across the country."  Also available in Spanish.

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Title IX
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The information campaign site for Title IX, which protects against sexual discrimination in any federally funded program.  Includes “10 Key Areas of Title IX” such as athletics, career education, math and science, and standardized testing.  Also features legal cases, how to take action, and a press room.

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Tips for Paying for College
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

“Applying for Federal Student Aid is Easy as 1, 2, 3” encourages this information sheet from the US Department of Education.  Includes the three key steps, and where to find more information.

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The Waldorf Library
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A resource primarily for Waldorf teachers, but parents can get good information here as well.

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The US Dept. of Education Resources and Information Center
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text.

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The National Dropout Prevention Centers
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

With news, publications, model programs, family/student resources, and a separate center for students with disabilities.

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The National Center for Fair and Open Testing
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

With publications, a position statement on NCLB, fact sheets on such topics as multiple choice tests, retention and testing, authentic accountability, and “The Dangerous Consequences of High Stakes Standardized Testing.”

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The Math Forum at Drexel
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Weekly newsletters, discussion groups, a math library, and useful links to other math resources on the web. 

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The International Montessori Index
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Featuring Montessori methods according to age, materials organizations, and other resources.

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The Harmony Project
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Harmony Project is a non-profit organization established in April of 2001 with a vision of serving the cultural and artistic needs of underprivileged children in the Los Angeles area.

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The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The only science contest of its kind for students in grade 5 through 8 fostering the exploration, understanding and communication of science among America's youth.

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The Children’s Motivation Project at Reed College
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The project “works with preschoolers through early adolescents to understand what motivates students to learn and how motivation can be sustained and promoted.”  Divided into four main areas:  The Development of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Praise and Motivation, Motivational Strategies, and Peers and Motivation.

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The Chalkboard Project
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

After more than two years of research and input from Oregonians, Chalkboard identified priority areas for our Legislative session that will help make our schools among the nation's best. With Priority Package, Take Action, Parent’s Center, and Employer’s Center sections, a site for Spanish speakers, news, and quizzes.

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Test Anxiety
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What causes it, who is likely to have it, and learning ways to deal with it.  Includes Test Taking Tips.  Also available in Spanish.

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Support Music
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

“This site offers effective tips for taking action and the latest evidence of music's importance.” With a giant list of supporting organizations and artists, a tool for grading your school’s music program, and tips for taking action.

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Succeed to Read
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Information about auditory skills, teaching how to rhyme, phonics vs. whole language, literacy websites for parents and teachers, alphabet lists, and reading 1-2-3.

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Student Eligibility Options for New Academic Grants
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Details eligibility requirements for both the Academic Competitiveness grants and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent grants signed into law on February 8, 2006 by President Bush.

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Student Aid on the Web
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The best source of information about financial aid and preparing for college on the web.  From the US Department of Education.

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Student-Led Crime Prevention
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This 43 page booklet, published by the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, includes sections titled:  What is Student-Led Crime Prevention, The Six Rs of Effective Youth Crime Prevention Programming, Challenges to Implementing Student-led Crime Prevention, Model Approaches to Student-led Crime Prevention, and more.

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Social, Economic Make-Up of Community, Not Charter, is Key Difference Between Private, Public Elementary Schools
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Case study findings from the Economic Policy Institute regarding the public vs. private school debate.

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School Matters
Monday, March 17, 2008

“A place for parents, educators and leaders to research information about public schools.”

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Savvy Source
Monday, March 17, 2008

A great tool for finding and comparing preschools near you.  With ratings, ebooks, a free weekly newsletter, and book and toy recommendations.  

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Tips for Parents: Student Council
Monday, March 17, 2008

Learn why even elementary schools need a student council.

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Saving Strategies for Back to School Clothing and Supplies
Monday, March 17, 2008

How a little patience can save you hundreds of dollars on clothing and school supplies.

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Tips for Parents: School Based Management
Monday, March 17, 2008

What school-based management is, and the reasons for and against it.

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Reading Tips for Parents
Monday, March 17, 2008

This booklet from the US Department of Education answers important questions parents have about helping their child learn to read, choosing an early reading program, strategies for creating strong readers, the five essential components of reading, and information about the No Child Left Behind act.

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Reading Rockets
Monday, March 17, 2008

This multimedia site “offers hundreds of articles that provide research-based and best-practice information for educators, parents, and others concerned about reading achievement.”  Also checkout their shows on PBS, podcasts and videos, free guides, Spanish site, and tons of other information.

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Reading is Fundamental
Monday, March 17, 2008

Includes comprehensive reading resources for educators and parents including motivating kids to read, literacy rich homes, school connections, lesson plans, activities, Gateways to Early Literacy videos, and tons more.  Also features a Spanish bilingual version of the site.

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Public vs. Private--Which One is Right for Your Child?
Monday, March 17, 2008

This article discusses the benefits and advantages of both private and public schools.

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Public vs. Private--What's the Difference?
Monday, March 17, 2008

A discussion of the main differences between public and private schools.

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Preparing for the ACT
Monday, March 17, 2008

What’s Inside:  Full-length practice tests, including writing; information about the optional writing test, strategies to prepare for the tests, and what to expect on test day.  Prepared by ACT, this 80 page guide is free of charge, but ACT advertises more if its commercial products at the end of the guide.

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PBS's It's My Life--School
Monday, March 17, 2008

This site from PBS Kids Go includes a game called “To Cheat or Not to Cheat,” and kid-targeted advice on time management, test stress, and dealing with teachers.

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Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Thursday, March 06, 2008

“Improves learning by building capacity in schools, families, and communities through applied research and development. The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor.”  With publications and resources for educators, parents, policy makers, and the public.

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National Education Association
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Members and educators page with activities, booklists, and professional development resources; a parents’ page with information on parental involvement, parent-teacher conference pointers, and homework help.  Also discusses issues in education and has multiple other resources.

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Thursday, March 06, 2008

“More and Better Mathematics for All Students.”  The site offers curriculum focus points, resources and tips for parents to help their children with math, answers to questions, advocacy resources and more.

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National Character Education Center
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Parents page from the National Character Education Center with articles, tips, programs, and seminars.

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National Center for Education Statistics
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Sponsored by the US Dept. of Education.  Huge resource for programs and publications, annual reports, various data tools, and a useful “Fast Facts” feature.

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National Association for the Education of Young Children
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Information about conferences, early childhood, public policy, publications, and information for members, teachers, families, students, and affiliate groups.  Articles such as “Helping Young Children after a Disaster,” “Books for Families,” and “Early Years are Learning Years”.

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Music in Schools Today
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Featuring “interviews with young artists, music mentors to answer questions, contests and all kinds of resources to help students enjoy and maybe even consider a career in music.”  Also includes advocacy and research, and a special section for educators. 

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Moving from Middle to High School
Thursday, March 06, 2008

From the National PTA, this article highlights ways to help your new high school student avoid the freshman blues.

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Montessori and Waldorf Schools
Thursday, March 06, 2008

A comparison of the similarities, differences, history of the founders of each discipline, how schools are certified, and methods.

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Memory Building Games
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Free memory-improving games for kids. 

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MegaSkills Online Education Center
Thursday, March 06, 2008

From Houghton Mifflin, featuring articles in .pdf format such as “How Much Homework is too Much?” and “MegaSkills for Hispanic Parents and Children.”  Check out the minibooks and videos, and kids can enjoy the early childhood activities.

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Math Now: Advancing Math Education in Elementary and Middle School
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Statistics and imperatives for advancing math education; from the US Department of Education.

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LiteracyCenter.net
Thursday, March 06, 2008

The LiteracyCenter.net serves as many as 1.7 million free literacy lessons a day to children in more than a 160 countries with safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. All online lessons are free of advertising and free of charge.  Also available in Spanish, German, and French. 

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Kids Health for Kids: Cheating
Thursday, March 06, 2008

An article for kids including the who, what, and why of cheating and its consequences.

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Keep Schools Safe
Thursday, March 06, 2008

A “School Violence Prevention, Safety and Security Resource.” The Parents’ page “covers how to improve the general safety of schools, dealing with natural disasters, and gang violence.” Also includes useful information for schools and students and features a Safety and Security Directory with “hundreds of links to sites dealing with school violence and safety, plus a buyers’ guide for security products.” 

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Keep Arts in Schools
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Details programs that are working to keep the arts in schools, presents research, lists resources, and has a great “Get Involved” page.  Sponsored by the Ford Foundation.

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Information For Students About Academic Competitiveness and National SMART Grants
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Eligibility and requirements for the Academic Competitiveness grants and National Science and Mathematics Access To Retain Talent grant from the US Department of Education.

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Improving Memory
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Strategies for improving your child’s memory.  Includes a 10 question quiz to help you learn what type of learning style works best for your child. 

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Higher Education For A Highly Competitive World
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Statistics regarding the increasingly competitive global economy, where the US fits in, and information about the Commission on the Future of Higher Education and its designated tasks.

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Girl Start
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

“Empowering girls in math, science, and technology.” Features include news and events, programs, volunteer opportunities, and an activities section just for girls.

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Get Ready to Read
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The site offers “exciting and friendly ways to make helping children develop vital early literacy skills easier than ever,” with separate pages for parents, educators, and health care professionals.  The parent page offers screening tools, literacy checklists, activities and much more. Also available in Spanish.

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Five Ways to Save Money on School Supplies
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

School Help: How to save on school supplies and what’s a good idea to splurge on.

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Financing a Private School Education
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A description of the three main types of financial aid available for private school students.  From the National Association of Independent Schools.

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Financial Aid for Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This article from FinAid.com, features information on scholarship programs, tuition payment plans, education loans, and alternatives to education loans and payment plans for private elementary and secondary schools.

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Figure This
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Math challenges for families, in both English and Spanish.

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Federal Resources for Education Excellence
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Teaching and Learning resources from federal agencies.  With science experiments, activities, and visualizations, simulations of key math concepts, online challenges for students, activities for families, language arts resources, and themed history activities.

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Federal Citizen Information Center
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Funded by the US General Services Administration, this site offers free publications on everything from “How to Maintain Your Tires” to “Caring for a Loved One.”. A huge, comprehensive resource for free publications.  Try searching for “school,”  “math,”  “homework,”  “pediatrician” or any other applicable topic.

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Farm to School
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

"Farm to School programs are popping up all over the U.S. These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers."

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Family Education Homeschooling
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

How to homeschool, subject toolkits, making the decision to homeschool, making homeschool connections, and books and materials from Pearson Learning Group.

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Facts and Terms Every Parent Should Know About NCLB
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Essential information about the No Child Left Behind act.

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ExploraVision
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Designed for K–12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels, ExploraVision encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving.

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Edible School Yard
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration with Martin Luther King Junior Middle School, provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom.

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Discount School Supply
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

“Discount School Supply offers the lowest prices guaranteed on quality products and supplies for early childhood educators, caregivers and parents of young children. Select from Arts & Crafts, Active Play, Curriculum Resources, Dramatic Play, Manipulatives, Learning Center Equipment and Furniture and Special Offers.”

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Cures for the First Day Jitters
Monday, March 03, 2008

10 tips for an easy transition back to school.

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Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Monday, March 03, 2008

From the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Education.  Features author and illustrator links, a comprehensive listing of books for children and young adults, and an Intellectual Freedom department.

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Collegeboard.com
Monday, March 03, 2008

Information for students, parents, and educators about the SAT and other college board tests, how to plan for college, find and apply for college, and how to pay for college. The site also includes a link to information in Spanish.

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Checklist for Test Anxiety
Monday, March 03, 2008

From How-to-Study.com, this resource includes a checklist for identifying test anxiety, and tips on what you can do to relax for that next test.

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Center for the Prevention of School Violence
Monday, March 03, 2008

Features a “floor plan” with rooms representing links to information.  Go to the library for a comprehensive list of resources about the prevention of school violence, or try the auditorium where you can watch videos, view plays, or listen to speakers.  The Parenting Resources section is a great stop for parents.

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Center for Ecoliteracy--Rethinking School Lunch
Monday, March 03, 2008

"Rethinking School Lunch builds on the premise that hands-on experience growing and preparing food is a powerful way for children to discover that healthy food tastes good, and to learn about the cycles, seasons, other processes of nature, and the relationship between the health of natural and social systems."

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Bullying Fact Sheet from the AACAP
Monday, March 03, 2008

Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents.  Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis.

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Born Learning
Monday, March 03, 2008

“Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that help parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.”  Also available in Spanish.

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Bay Mills Community College Head Start Resources
Monday, March 03, 2008

With a huge Head Start library featuring National Bulletins, training materials, training guides, support materials, reports, videotape companion guides, and other publications.

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Back to School in Six Easy Steps
Monday, March 03, 2008

Six tips for easing the transition to a new class or school. 

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Back to School Checklist
Monday, March 03, 2008

Questions and Tips for Parents, Schools and the Community. This guide is actually four checklists in one:  Academic Curriculum and Achievement, Helping Parents and Students, Teacher Training and Quality, and Measuring the Progress of Students with Disabilities.

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Arts for Schools
Friday, February 29, 2008

"Inspiring tomorrow's audiences” with resources for schools, arts organizations, artists, and advisers and policymakers.

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Artists Helping Children
Friday, February 29, 2008

“Take advantage of the huge children’s arts resources pages of kids' coloring pages and coloring printouts, children’s free arts and crafts projects and ideas, paper folding projects and origami project ideas, kids' drawing lessons, articles for parents to involve their children in the arts, articles on how art heals and how to get children involved in community service, how to design and decorate your children's rooms, and much more.”

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A Parent’s Guide to No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the US Department of Education, No Child Left Behind--Also available in Spanish.

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Americans for the Arts
Friday, February 29, 2008

“The goal of this campaign is to make sure that you—parents and concerned citizens—know that you are potentially the best and most powerful supporters of arts education. We have supplied you with information and resources on this website that help establish the place of the arts as both a full academic subject area and as uniquely empowering activities that carry over into other areas of life and study.”

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Advice about Parent Co-operative Preschools
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the Berkely Parents Network.  Featuring advice and information about parent co-op preschools in a Q&A format.

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21st Century Cheating
Friday, February 29, 2008

This article, from Scholastic, discusses the ways kids cheat today and what parents can do to discourage their kids from cheating.

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Tips for Parents: First Day of School
Friday, February 29, 2008

Useful ideas to ease your child into school.

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Tips for Parents: Motivation and Learning
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Parents are the primary influence in their child's motivation to learn.

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Tips for Parents: Learning Styles
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Discover your child's learning style and why it's important.

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Tips for Parents: Keeping Kids in School
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Identify the warning signs that a child may drop out and get the resources you need to keep your kid in school.

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Tips for Parents: NCLB and School Choice
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Why No Child Left Behind means you may be able to choose a different school.

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