Juneteenth Lessons for All Ages

Juneteenth, which is short for June Nineteenth, marks the day that U.S. federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas. They went to ensure that all enslaved African Americans were freed. Black history is essential and integral to American history, and Juneteenth lessons are an opportunity to emphasize this in the classroom. Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the legal end of slavery in the United States. On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation…

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7 Strategies for Summer Reading

Just because school’s out doesn’t mean books should be returned to their shelves! Reading routines are an essential part of your child’s development, and summer is the perfect time to make reading strategies a regular part of the day. Think about it–without the pressures of a curriculum, homework, and after-school activities, your child has plenty of free time to explore the topics and genres they really want to read about. Here are our top summer…

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Immigrant Heritage Month Ideas for Students

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, which was established to help celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the United States. One challenge many young people struggle with is crossing the bridge from empathy to action. What are authentic ways they can make a positive difference? Here are some ideas for student action. 1. Engage in dialogue. Students can initiate and participate in respectful dialogue about immigration issues. By engaging in conversations with classmates, teachers and community…

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7 Summer Activities to Boost College Applications

Your summer vacation is the perfect time for college prep and to explore potential careers. All summers in high school are important, especially the summers after sophomore and junior year. Check out these ideas for summer activities that will make admissions officers take notice. 1. Start your SAT or ACT test prep. Summer is a great time to explore the ACT vs SAT , practice for the PSAT , or ramp up your study schedule.…

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Accessible and Adaptive Activities for the Summer

Adults and children of all abilities can have fun in Massachusetts this summer. In addition to having a number of special needs events scheduled, Massachusetts also has accessible spray pools, beaches and parks with ramps, wheelchairs that navigate sand and/or can float in the water, adaptive activities, and much more. Check out this list of fun summer events, adaptive activities, and resources that are accessible and include everyone! 1. Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks.…

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How to Support LGBTQ+ Students at School

A 2022 national survey of nearly 34,000 LGBTQ+ youth, ages 13-24, paints a clear, distressing picture of the trauma endured by LGBTQ+ students in America. Nearly three-quarters reported symptoms of anxiety, 58 percent reported symptoms of depression, and 45 percent said they had seriously considered committing suicide within the past year. However, the survey also shows that educators can make a very big difference. High school and college-aged LGBTQ+ youth who found their schools and…

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Guide to Boston Spray Parks and Wading Pools

Summertime in Boston means it’s time splash in spray parks! There’s plenty of free water fun to be had all around the city, and we’ve rounded up some of the best spots. Frog Pond, Boston Common—Beacon Hill From the opening day festivities in late June through Labor Day weekend, children ages 12 and under can cool off in the Frog Pond Spray Pool, open daily at 11 a.m. Rose Kennedy Greenway — Chinatown Parks, Wharf District Parks,…

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June Activities in the Boston Area

There are many fun activities for families to enjoy in the Boston area in the month of June. Check out our list of June activities and events happening in the Boston area and have a great start to your summer! Zootopia at Franklin Park Zoo When: Saturday, June 1, 2024 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Where: 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA, 02121 Age: kids, teens, adults Cost: see website Join Zoo New England for…

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Teenage Vape Usage and Effects

Although e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, vaping rates have skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teens. E-cigarettes are now the most frequently used tobacco product among adolescents — some 2.1 million middle and high school students were e-cigarette users in 2017 — far surpassing traditional combustible cigarettes. Vaping has gotten much more popular among teenagers in the past few years. Teens often vape because vapes come in fun flavors, have sleek…

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Raising Expectations for Special Education Students

On a Tuesday evening in 2019, about 80 parents and students gathered in Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. They were there for a night of post-secondary education planning. They reviewed statistics, heard school counselor recommendations, and spoke with college representatives. It’s a common enough scene–many high schools host college and career nights to help students and parents plan for the future, but this one had a twist: it was designed specifically for special education…

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