Questions for Your Child’s Teacher

Many of the back-to-school tips available are targeted towards teachers, but it’s essential for students to have a great support system in place at home as well as in the classroom. The more informed your family is by asking your child’s teacher questions, the more seamlessly students can transition from summer to school. Below are some questions parents can ask teachers to better clarify what is happening in the classroom. Some of these questions may…

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Back-To-School Habits to Build Literacy

September has arrived, and the feeling of fall is in the air. With the changing of the season comes the opportunity to put in place some back-to-school habits that can help your children build their literacy skills. Here are four practical ideas to help your family kick-off the school year. 1. Keep Up With a Reading Log Many schools request children to read at home several times a week. Even if the school does not…

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How to Apply to the Boston Exam Schools

The 2018-19 school year has hardly begun, but if you’re hoping to send your child to one of the Boston Exam Schools next year, then it’s already time to start preparing their applications! There are four parts of the application process you should make sure to follow: 1. Take the ISEE The biggest part of the application for your child to take care of asap is to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The…

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SSAT Scoring and Score Reporting

SSAT Scoring and Score Reporting Not sure how to read your child’s SSAT score report? Your child’s SSAT score report will contain the following information: Number of Items: The number of items in the content sections and subsections. Number Correct: The number of correct answers for the content sections and subsections. Percent Correct: The percentage of correct answers for the content sections and subsections. Scaled Score: A score which has a range of values from…

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Children and Technology Use

We live in a world of screens, and in this digital age full of so many devices and distractions, it’s become one of the things parents worry about most: How much time should kids spend staring at their phones and computers? When it comes to technology use, what’s the right balance between privacy and self-discovery? Research continues to provide answers on how parents are navigating this world with their children. A recent study that looked…

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The Benefits of Global Learning

As our society becomes increasingly globalized, it puts pressure on education to globalize as well. What exactly this means isn’t universally agreed upon, however. In major world markets, the business world globalized decades ago, expanding beyond domestic markets in pursuit of more diverse audiences and stronger profits. The field of education is an entirely different case, and has been much slower to follow suit. When defining a global curriculum, one issue that must be confronted…

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Proficiency-Based Learning

In practice, proficiency-based learning can take a wide variety of forms–there’s no universal approach! The following principles of proficiency-based learning describe the common features found in the most effective proficiency-based systems, and can therefore help teachers and schools learn how to best understand and utilize this method.  All learning expectations must be clearly and consistently communicated to students and families. This includes long-term expectations like graduation requirements and standards, short-term expectations like learning objectives for…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Group Work

Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students do group work together in class and on certain assignments. However, the challenge facing many educators lies in figuring out how to group students together in the most effective way. The following simple guide can help. 1) Do: Consider distance and access…

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SSAT Test Dates Have Been Released for 2018-2019

The SSAT test dates have been released for the 2018-2019 school year. 2018-2019 SSAT Test Schedule: October 13, 2018 November 10, 2018 December 8, 2018 January 5, 2019 February 2, 2019 March 2, 2019 April 27, 2019 June 8, 2019 Remember, it can be beneficial for your child to take the test multiple times. Read below about SSAT testing and scoring strategies: Will the school I’m in automatically receive my test scores? No. All score recipients,…

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What You Need to Know About the SSAT Test

What level of the SSAT test will my student need to take? Your student’s test level is automatically selected according to the grade you select at registration. Students listed in 3rd grade will take the 3rd grade Elementary level test. Students listed in 4th grade will take the 4th grade Elementary level test. Students listed in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade will take the Middle level test. Students listed in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th…

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