Could the Delta Variant Stop a Normal School Year Before it Starts?

For a brief moment, it felt like parents had made it. School was wrapping up. People, including kids 12 and older, were getting vaccinated. Mask mandates were easing. But now we’re facing the delta variant — a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus. States with large outbreaks are seeing rising case numbers among children as well as adults. As it reaches into our communities, how does this strain affect children, and how can we help…

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What Parents Should Know About the Delta Variant and Back to School

The Delta variant may be the most contagious COVID-19 strain yet, causing outbreaks around the globe – even in places where the virus had previously been under control. In the United States, it has quickly become responsible for 50% of all COVID-19 infections nationwide. What does that mean for kids who are and aren’t vaccinated? Connecticut Children’s infectious disease expert John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH shares seven things parents should know. 1. The Delta variant…

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Here’s the Key to Getting Students Talking About Reading

Here’s the thing about getting students talking about reading: you need a concrete place to start. As in journal response prompts to respond to a text, the stems below are created to help students better understand what they’re reading. Because the focus is on critical thinking and critical reading rather than mere ‘talking,’ I left out more obvious stems like ‘I agree…’ or ‘I disagree…’ or ‘I like…’ or ‘I dislike…’ because opinions are useful…

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Fun-Filled August Activities in the Boston Area

With COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease up in the New England area, there are lots of activities planned for August this year. Check out our list of fun-filled August activities happening around Boston, and enjoy the rest of your summer! Beverly Homecoming Days When: Wed 8/4/21 – Sun 8/8/21 Where: Beverly, MA Age: all ages Over 40 events over the course of 4 fun-filled days for everyone to enjoy all around Beverly. Plan on traditional…

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5 Ideas for Including Animals in Educational Activities

Have you ever noticed how a child instantly perks up when an animal is around? Why not use that to your advantage with the following ways of using animals as part of the learning process. Many children have a hard time focusing on educational activities that are in their best interest. Often, these children are simply bored and unengaged, but incorporating some animals into their education could be exactly what’s needed to inject a boost…

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The World is Changing; Here’s Why Schools Should Change, Too

Schools, as we know them, are changing. Shopping, as we know it, is changing. While both are obvious, one loss seems to breed opportunity while the other makes us hold on for dear life. Why? First, some context. Nestled between the perceived ‘old way’ (learning in person) and ‘new way’ (learning through computer) is Blended Learning. Blended Learning can be thought of as the bridge between eLearning and brick-and-mortar learning. It is a kind of…

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Are Schools Prepared to Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities?

As students return to schools shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, many large school districts are not prepared to meet the needs of well more than 1 million students with disabilities who have a legal right to receive support and services but are not getting them ― and the problem is most severe for students of color, according to a new report. The crisis existed before the pandemic began in spring 2020, but was exacerbated in the…

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10 Storytelling Tips to Capture Your Students’ Attention

Storytelling has been around as long as humankind. It is one of the most effective ways to communicate an important truth to another person. It is a connection point between two people. Storytelling gives meaning, context, and understanding in a world that is often filled with chaos and disorder. Because of this, educators must use stories if they hope to reach their students. Here are some storytelling tips that can help you capture students’ attention.…

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Here’s How Your Digital Footprint Affects College Applications

Are you one click away from sabotaging your admission to college? According to a recent survey, you could be. For over a decade, Kaplan, the educational services company, has been conducting an annual survey of admission officers to track trends in policies and practices. Since 2008, it has explored the role of your digital footprint in application review, and not surprisingly, it has been growing every year. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of admission officers in the…

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Can Schools Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Eligible Students?

With the first COVID-19 vaccines now authorized for adolescents, ages 12 and up, a big question looms: will students be required to get vaccinated before returning to their classrooms in the fall? In the United States, school vaccination requirements are established by states rather than the federal government. The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows states to make regulations protecting public health. Every state currently requires K-12 students to be vaccinated against some diseases,…

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