Parents - July 2011
Making plans to attend college? Whether you plan to enroll at a community college or go straight to a 4-year university, your school counselor can help you prepare for this exciting next phase of your life. Here are 10 questions you can ask your school counselor as you prepare for college.
Choosing a college isn't an easy decision. It's important to get all the information you can about schools to make an informed choice. Admissions professionals can be an important source of insight. Here are 10 questions to consider for your conversations with enrollment advisors.
Reading can be tedious and tiring, and it's easy to take the skill of reading for granted if you've been literate since childhood. But some books are so fun to read that they make us happy to be literate. Here are five examples that will make you glad you can read.
It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Do you want to show your favorite teacher how grateful you are for him or her? Here are some ideas that are sure to please.
High school seniors around the country will be graduating this month and preparing to leave home for the first time. College can be a huge transition for both parent and child. First-year students in particular often struggle with the responsibility of living on their own. However, there are some practical things that parents can teach their children before they begin the college experience.
Many physically, mentally or emotionally challenged students yearn for independence. The Education Insider takes a look at some of the unique paths designed to get disabled students to that point.
Harry Potter fans around the world are uniting to participate in the Harry Potter Alliance's second annual book drive. Find out how this extraordinary group is making a difference and how you can join the campaign.
In an era when schools are being forced to shrink their budgets to deal with state deficits, education analysts worry that students are being shortchanged. But for at least one breed of K-12 education professionals, funding shortfalls have not stopped schools from providing lavish salaries and benefits packages.
The sight of children waiting on street corners and boarding big yellow buses has been commonplace across the United States for decades. But this familiar sight may soon be a thing of the past as several districts in California recently announced that bus service will be discontinued. It's a trend that might continue in other states, leading Education Insider to wonder how easily kids will find alternate ways to get to school, and how safe other transportation methods might be.
A group of young principals have started in their leadership positions at Newark schools, causing some to question if they're too inexperienced to lead. Education Insider takes a look at why having young principals could actually be an asset for these schools.
For our final Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) interview we talked with Ian Brill, writer and editor at BOOM! Studios and BOOM's all-ages branch, kaboom! Brill's ''Darkwing Duck/Rescue Rangers'' comic provides the chief all-ages offering for this FCBD. We asked Brill about his beginnings in the comics world and his feelings on the medium in general.
According to The New York Times, most of the developed world currently reports the presence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in about one percent of its children. However, a recent study conducted in Goyang, South Korea shows an ASD rate of 2.6%, more than double that. How is that difference explained, and what does it mean for autism studies around the world?
The Baby Einstein recall has drawn the attention of parents all over the world. Under the threat of a class action lawsuit, the Walt Disney Company has agreed to offer a full refund to anyone who purchased Baby Einstein DVDs from the leading baby video company in the last five years. Some education experts say that the refund offer is a tacit admission that the products do not increase infant intellect.
Lyrics from the Bruce Springsteen song 'No Surrender' from his 1984 album 'Born in the U.S.A.' ('We busted out of class/Had to get away from those fools') could very well describe what has been called the first middle school club in the United States devoted to the iconic singer known to fans as 'the Boss': the Jukebox Graduates. Education Insider caught up with the teacher who claims only partial responsibility for the club's creation, Granite Falls Middle School's Michael Telesca.
Being a student and a parent presents many challenges, but it also presents many opportunities. When a parent returns to school, it's a chance to act as a role model, bond with family members and take advantage of having a natural study partner. These benefits can make both the parent and the child better students with stronger connections to each other.
Teachers and administrators often make use of language and definitions that are unique to their profession. Describing everything from classroom methods to reform efforts, this jargon can confuse people outside of the field. Here are some buzzwords in common use today within elementary education.
At 13 years old, Adora Svitak has a resume that would be the envy of adults many times her age. Adora has written multiple books, taught in classrooms and served as a literacy advocate. In February, she became one of the youngest people to present at a TED Conference. She is also the recipient of the NEA's prestigious Outstanding Service to Public Education award. Study.com caught up with Adora to discuss her impressive accomplishments.
Concerned you or your child might be affected by a learning disability? Learn how to identify signs of common learning disabilities and how to access special education opportunities.
To further help protect college students from sexual harassment, the U.S. Department of Education has clarified the standard used to determine guilt. Some in higher education are now concerned that this could end up hurting learning environments.
Dara Sklare teaches special education at Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago, Illinois. Study.com recently caught up with her to find out what it's like to work with this special population, and how all students can gain access to the education they need.
In the second installment of our interview series leading up to this Saturday's Free Comic Book Day, Study.com speaks with Mark Banaszak of Diamond Bookshelf. Bookshelf is the educational outreach branch of Diamond Comic Distributors, the industry's primary wholesaling entity. We asked Mark about Bookshelf's approach to putting comics and graphic novels into libraries and school classrooms.
Whether it was a parent, teacher or other mentor, someone in your past spent time reading aloud to you and teaching you how to read. You may not remember the first time you were read to, but there are probably countless books from your childhood that engender fond memories. There are few better ways to instill of a love of reading in a child than by reading aloud together.
A teen dressed in the same clothing as everyone else walks through a metal detector under the watchful eye of a police officer. Although this may sound like a student entering a juvenile detention center, it's actually the scene at some schools. Are these safety measures appropriate, or are they really doing more damage than good?
Numerous studies show that parent involvement in schools lead to, among other things, better test scores, attendance and student behavior. Such conclusions, one would think, would make every school in the U.S. strive for parent participation. For many years the opposite has held true at Chicago Public Schools. But has the school system finally seen the light?
Heidi Sherry has two children in public school and one child currently being homeschooled. We caught up with her to find out how she's settled on the right balance of education for her family, and what it takes to homeschool a child.
Money can't buy happiness, some say, and it also might not be able to buy a good education. Just ask New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state has tried repeatedly to improve the performance of New Jersey's lowest-performing schools by simply spending more money on them. It's a practice that has yielded little or no positive results. Now, some say, it's going to take more drastic efforts to turn these schools around.
Dr. Charles Kerchner is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University who has done extensive research on education policy and reform. He blogs about these topics for The Huffington Post and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts on Public Education (TOP-Ed). Study.com recently caught up with him to talk about his research and get his expert opinion on the current climate of education reform.
In many children's and young adult books, the schools that serve as a setting can be as iconic and memorable as the characters. These institutions may be fictional, but they are often evocative of actual schools or portrayed with such keen attention to detail that they feel real.
National Left Hander's Day is a great opportunity to recognize those who represent the minority in handedness. Though it may not seem like a big deal to righties, being left-handed presents certain challenges and inconveniences. Still, it's not impossible to succeed as a southpaw, and this list shows that some very important and influential people use their left instead of their right hand.
First Book is a nonprofit organization that distributes brand-new books to children in low-income families. Study.com got the opportunity to interview the organization's Executive Vice President, Chandler Arnold. Read on to learn what Mr. Arnold has to say about this inspiring organization.
Founded in Portland in 1993, Friends of the Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, long-term mentors to at-risk children. Recent reports have shown their methods to be tremendously successful. Friends officer Kathrina Berk spoke to Study.com about her program's unique methodology and future plans to help at-risk youth.
Reading aloud isn't just for young children - older kids also enjoy listening, and they might like to read to you too. Here are some great books to share with your older children.
Now that we've discussed the importance of reading aloud to children, here's a list of ten great picture books you can read. These books should be available at your local library or bookstore.
Should Halloween celebrations be allowed in public schools? Should the celebration be known as 'Halloween' or a 'Fall Festival?' These are just two of the questions that many of today's schools are considering. A new survey posed the same questions to people around the nation and found that the majority have no problem with this popular holiday. However, a significant number of respondents--nearly 20 percent--disapprove of Halloween in schools.
For many inner-city children, the concept of book ownership is totally foreign. Recent studies have shown that in certain neighborhoods of New York City, homes average as little as two books apiece. Retired lawyer Burton Freeman's working to combat those troubling statistics with My Own Book, an organization designed to get kids owning books and ultimately reading more.
A recently published study shows that students with special needs are at a greater risk of being exposed to bullying. Study.com's Education Insider takes a look at the impact bullying can have on how these students do in school.
Today, many students throughout the country are finishing their high school training and preparing for college from the comfort of their homes. The Education Insider takes a look at how home-schooled students graduate.
Plenty of health-focused organizations have been urging people to quit smoking for years, citing the dangers that smoking can pose to a person's lungs and overall health. But a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics tells of a new danger related to cigarettes: secondhand smoke may affect a child's ability to learn.
President Obama is revamping former President Bush's No Child Left Behind plan. Read on to find out how these changes will affect today's students, schools and teachers.
Many parents probably secretly hope that their child will be the next Doogie Howser - a Princeton graduate by age ten and a doctor by the time he was 16. Although it makes for a great television show, can academically gifted students still be too young to start their college studies?
Across the country, school districts feel pressure to report positive standardized test scores from their students. Those scores affect everything from how much federal funding districts receive to the amount of prestige and respect given to the educational professionals there. A newly breaking scandal in Atlanta tells of systematic test score manipulation district-wide, suggesting that for some the allure of those boons was too much to handle.
When students misbehave or break the rules, some schools resort to suspending them to show that such behavior will not be tolerated. Does suspending students actually teach them a lesson or is it only hurting them in the long run?
Last week the Kaiser Foundation released a report showing that mobile technology has led to a significant increase in media consumption among 8- to 18-year-olds. More troubling is the evidence that heavy media use can lead to poor grades and lower levels of personal contentment.
In observance of Learning Disabilities Week, we here at Study.com want to clear up some misconceptions about common learning challenges such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Has the school uniform gone the way of home economics and shop class? Maybe not quite. . .but it seems that more and more schools across the United States are loosening the reins when it comes to dress codes. Is it always a good idea, Education Insider asks, to allow kids to dress in the fashion of the day? Can it lead to total chaos?
Atlanta Public Schools have seen better days. Budget woes, a cheating scandal and suspended teachers on paid leave have all led to an unlikely turn of events: librarians, some with little or no teaching experience, entering the classroom as educators. The Education Insider asks, Can things get worse for this beleaguered school system?
The charter school debate is hot in today's climate of education reform. To some, charters are a source of innovation in K-12 education. To others, they're a financial drain from public schools without oversight or quality control. Recent studies suggest that if the charter school movement is to succeed, they need to replicate schools that have had positive results - and close ones that haven't.
A new mandate will require public middle and high schools in New York City to teach sex education to their students. Will this encourage students to make smart decisions when it comes to having sex or will it instead only encourage them to try it sooner?
When students graduate from public schools in Maryland, they'll know the importance of being green because environmental literacy is now a required part of school curricula. Before long, this could be a country-wide measure in schools.
When you think of your favorite teacher, you probably think about how he or she supported and encouraged you. You might be reminded of this person's patience and dedication. Fictional teachers often embody these qualities, and they may have special abilities or an extra layer of quirkiness that help make them memorable. Here is a list of some famous teachers from comics, children's books, movies and cartoons.
Parents who return to school have a unique opportunity to utilize their coursework to connect with their families. Regardless of the subject area, there are countless ways for parents to bring their education home and engage their families in the content they're studying. The Education Insider looks at ten ways to translate classes at school into activities at home.
For more than 80 years the SAT (now known officially as the SAT Reasoning Test) has been used as one of the standardized assessments to determine a high school student's readiness for a postsecondary education. SAT scores from the latest test-takers indicate that less than half of all high school students in the United States are ready to enter college. Education Insider takes a look at why scores might be dropping and what that might mean for America on a global scale.
Outside certain religious or private schools (where they've been the norm for years), single-sex classrooms have made a comeback in the past decade or so; according to 'The New York Times' there are currently over 500 public schools in the U.S. that offer single-sex classes. But a recent report published by the American Council of CoEducational Schooling has taken major issue with those classrooms, which it sees as 'ineffective, misguided' and even sexist.
Reading fiction can be a great way to unwind while engaging the mind. It's an activity that keeps us connected with different cultures and time periods without ever having to leave our homes. But as a new study indicates, fiction can also be an important factor in expanding our emotional horizons as well.
Parents who decide to return to school have unique needs due to the demands parenting places on both time and finances. Fortunately, there are many options available to parents who want to further their education. The Education Insider examines the differences between five of the most common options and how they might be useful to return.
826CHI is the Chicago branch of a loosely affiliated national group of writing and tutoring centers. Other 826 centers can be found in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Ann Arbor and Washington, D.C. Study.com recently caught up with Patrick Shaffner, Outreach Director of 826CHI, to learn more about how this organization is making writing fun and accessible for students of all ages.
One of the major challenges facing U.S. educators is the achievement gap that exists between white and minority students. While many efforts have been made to help close the divide in learning, education statistics reveal that much work remains to be done. Learn about some of the potential reasons for the achievement gap - and what's being done to address it.
Are principals across the nation doing a good job? Without proper evaluation tools in place, that may be hard to say. While all eyes have been on the recent discussions concerning teacher evaluations, little attention has been paid to administrative assessments. But in July some steps were taken toward the development of principal evaluation methods. Could this be what turns public schools in this country around?
Although the stereotype is that athletes aren't always the most intelligent individuals, there are some out there who are showing that the 'dumb athlete' label doesn't always apply. Education Insider takes a look at some of these academically gifted athletes.
This January, students in the Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, launched the Carleton Caldecott Club. Members read Caldecott Medal-winning books out loud to children every weekend and organize arts and crafts activities related to the books. Study.com recently caught up with the program director and student coordinator to learn more about this great college service organization.
It's no secret that the United States' public education system is facing an educational crisis as millions of American students fail to receive the academic skills they need to succeed in college and life. A new breakthrough graduate school for teachers is attempting to change that by abandoning course-based training of teachers for more practical and performance-based methods. The school opened its doors this summer, but not everyone is on board.
In 2010, Dr. Temple Grandin was named one of 'Time' magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for her work in animal - and human - rights. Learn how Dr. Grandin not only overcame but harnessed her autism to become an award-winning animal scientist and a passionate advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Readers Are Made, Not Born: Kerri Smith Majors Details Her Innovative Literary Journal for Study.com
The National Book Foundation recently announced the 2011 winners of their Innovations in Reading Prize, an award that celebrates individuals or organizations revolutionizing ways to foster literacy. Among those winners: YARN, an online literary journal that publishes YA (Young Adult) content written by both teens and adults. What's YARN doing to make their mark on the world of literacy?
Many people would not likely associate comic books with learning, but these publications can be a great way to get kids interested in reading. Nonprofit organizations, foundations and programs across the United States have utilized comic books to promote reading, fight illiteracy and encourage creativity. The Education Insider examines how comics are being used as fun and influential educational tools.
Sometimes great ideas spawn great organizations, which then inspire others to begin similar ventures. This could certainly apply to Teach for All, a global educational network which in all likelihood would never have been formed if not for two smaller organizations that came before it. Education Insider explores the origins of Teach for All and how it impacts (and plans to continue impacting) the world of education.
Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the U.S. Study.com recently caught up with Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, to find out how the organization works and what it's doing to turn young lives around.
Heading back to school as an adult can be a difficult decision. The Education Insider explores the pros and cons involved in returning to school after kids.
The Posse Foundation is one of America's most successful college access organizations. They identify high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them not only get into college, but be successful once they're there. After being one of only ten groups to receive part of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize funds last year, Posse is growing, with a major new university partner and plans to expand into an additional city.
Chuck Close is famous for painting unusual, large-scale portraits of faces that retain extraordinary realism even when broken down into almost Pointillist grids. While the artist's perfect renditions may look like they come easily, Close has actually overcome incredible obstacles, including both learning and physical disabilities, to become the painter he is today.
Sesame Street may be one of the most beloved educational children's television shows in history. The program celebrated 40 years in 2009, and continues to educate and delight children from around the world.
It's National Sleep Awareness week. With the impending switch to Daylight Saving Time, when most of the country loses an hour of sleep, there's no better time to focus on the issue. This is especially true for college students, for whom restful sleep can be a rare and under appreciated commodity.
Starting in the 2011-12 school year, skipping class in the San Francisco suburb of Concord is going to be a costly mistake. In July, the city council voted for a daytime curfew; under that curfew, truant students caught in public during school hours can be subject to fines. Has the school board gone too far, or is this a necessary measure to keep students in class?
In a study released at the recent Campus Technology 2010 conference, Waypoint Outcomes found that students are more engaged and learn more effectively when they receive consistent feedback from their professors. They also found that timeliness, clarity and personalization are the most important qualities in instructor comments.
The Pew Research Center just released a study of American 18-29 year olds, dubbed the 'Millennial Generation.' They found that this group is becoming the most educated generation in history, and while the recession has set back their early careers, most Millennials remain upbeat about the future.
The old school of thought is: find a quiet corner to go off to when reading. But new studies seem to suggest that a stage might be a more appropriate place! Why? Because physically acting out what's being read can have a much larger impact on comprehension and, ultimately, learning. The Education Insider explores how this new approach to reading could lead to marked gains for elementary school students.
Are you looking for the perfect present for the special student in your life? Here's a list of educational gift suggestions for all ages. Happy holidays!
Virtual schools and online learning initiatives have exploded across the country, offering students expanded courses and alternatives to traditional education. The Alliance for Excellent Education recently released a brief endorsing e-learning and digital classroom technology as a possible solution to several major crises in elementary and secondary education.
Sonia Lynn Sadler recently won the 2011 Coretta Scott King Award for new talent in children's book illustration for 'Seeds of Change.' Study.com caught up with her to find out how she became an artist and what inspires her work in literature and illustration.
A few months ago, Yale law professor Amy Chua published 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,' a harsh condemnation of supposedly lax 'Western' parenting which drew ire from many for its draconian mothering advice. Now economist Bryan Caplan has struck back with a book at the opposite end of the parenting spectrum: 'Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think.'
Last December, President Obama signed into law the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, ushering in a new era for the national student lunch program. The $4.5 billion bill includes provisions designed to help schools increase the nutritional value of student meals. But some schools have been working to improve school lunches for years.
A new survey published yesterday by The Teaching Council found that while most parents are happy with teacher performance, there are some who believe teachers do their jobs badly or very badly.
Amy Chua, law professor at Yale University, has recently written a book on parenting and education that's stirred up controversy and rage. Entitled 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,' it suggests a major change in the way that 'Western' parents raise their children. What does Professor Chua have to say, and why are people so fired up?
Whether you or child suffers from a learning disability (LD) or you're an instructor hoping to learn more about working with individuals with learning disabilities, these websites offer essential resources, information and tips on LDs.
An educator once told Richard Branson, 'You will either go to prison or become a millionaire.' In fact, Branson overcame severe dyslexia to become the adventure-loving, multi-billionaire head of mega-conglomerate Virgin Group.
'Going green' has become an oft-repeated catchphrase in the last few years, but it's one of those rare phenomena that's both trendy and legitimately beneficial to people at large. Schools from kindergartens through colleges have gotten in on the act. They've adopted tactics from the totally obvious to the remarkably complex to reduce energy usage, saving money and making the world a better place in the process.
Most people probably have visions of librarians as stern figures who say 'Shhhhhh!' a lot and check out books at the counter. But librarians can help guide information seekers to various resources. . .if only someone would ask. When it comes to college students it seems many are not, choosing instead to go it alone. Education Insider examines a recent study in this area that looks at just how effective these students are in conducting research and utilizing all their libraries have to offer.
Many Asian countries do it. So do Canada and the United Kingdom. The use of international college recruiters, also known as commercial agents, is a widespread practice employed by many higher education institutions around the world. But where does the United States stand when it comes to these agents?
The school reform debate in its current form has its roots in the passage of 'No Child Left Behind' (NCLB), George W. Bush's landmark education bill made into law a decade ago. Since that legislation passed, the reform movement has been a lightning rod topic among educators, politicians and citizens. Where is the movement at - and what is its future?
Parents often worry about their children struggling to transition from living at home to living on a college campus. However, there are plenty of things parents can do to help ensure that their child's experience of living on campus is an enjoyable, memorable and fruitful one.
Being both a student and a parent presents unique challenges that students without their own children may not face. Among the most significant is finding time for homework while juggling parenting duties and other obligations. The Education Insider offers ten ways parents can carve out necessary study time.
Last month results from the history portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress were released. The exam revealed that fewer than a quarter of students in the U.S. are proficient in history. Educators worry that most American young people are unprepared for the responsibilities of civic life.
Recent studies show that students are taking longer than ever to earn their degrees. Where four years was once the accepted norm, the 5- or 6-year plan has now become something of a standard in colleges and universities across the country. Is this student choice, or is it caused by factors beyond their control?