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Even When Research Supports Changing Traditional Teaching, Parents Make It Hard

Parents in Ghana's capital city have embraced preschool as a way to vault their kids into a better future. But the children aren't learning. And the reason may surprise you.

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How Advisers Connect Via Tech to Help Low-Income Students Apply To College

Nearly one-fourth of high-achieving students from low-income families apply to college completely on their own. One approach to make the experience better? Pair students up with a virtual adviser.

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Learning Mindfulness Centered on Kindness to Oneself and Others

Students in the Austin Independent School District demonstrate how they practice mindfulness as part of a daily routine and in times of stress.

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Despite A Revamped Focus On Real-Life Skills, ‘Home Ec’ Classes Fade Away

Now called family and consumer sciences, courses suffer from few qualified teachers and declining enrollment. But in today's classes, students learn about gardening, nutrition, labeling and finance.

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How Bibliotherapy Can Help Students Open Up About Their Mental Health

Librarians and counselors are teaming up to give teens an option for understanding and opening up about their mental health through books.

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The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

Part of a parent's job is to help kids do their best, but pushing too hard can backfire. Research shows kids in high-achieving communities are at higher risk of anxiety, depression and substance use.

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How Decisions Architects Made A Century Ago Affect Learning Today

Alexandra Lange's new book has insights on the influence of school and classroom design on children's learning throughout history.

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Forest Preschools Let Kids Run Free, But Can They Change to Reach Diverse Families?

Forest-based preschools attract mostly white middle class families. Some programs are trying to diversify outdoor education by adapting to meet criteria for state subsidies or offering discounts for...

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How Internships Connect First Generation College Bound Students to STEM Careers

Internships, contests and engineering coursework give teens from the area’s majority-Latino high schools an entree to STEM careers

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Parents, Schools Step Up Efforts To Combat Food-Allergy Bullying

Up to 32 percent of kids with food allergies have been taunted with foods that make them sick. Schools are moving beyond allergy awareness and "nut-free zones" to address this dangerous behavior.

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How Passion Projects and Community Partners Create Relevant Learning for Teens in School

Schools in Iowa are collaborating with businesses, organizations and partners to provide real-world relevance to student interests. The result is that students work on projects meaningful to them...

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Why Children Aren’t Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

A new book argues that children are less disciplined than ever. Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis identifies several culprits and says there are several things parents, teachers and caregivers can do.

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Let’s Stop Talking About The ’30 Million Word Gap’

It's one of the most famous studies ever done on kids. It's often cited as a reason children from poor families struggle in school. But it may be neither 30 million words, nor exactly a gap.

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What Kind Of Parent Are You: Carpenter Or Gardener?

Alison Gopnik talks about two very different philosophies of parenting in her book 'The Gardener and the Carpenter.'

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