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Encourage Summer Reading with These 7 Tricks

Books are everywhere in our houses, but sometimes it seems they’re not being read. It’s summer, and kids have so many other things they’d rather do. But we’ve consulted the experts, and these are our top tips to encourage summer reading. 1. Foster an early love of reading. Reading can be a family activity, and instilling this value of reading at a young age sends a powerful message that can be for kids. You should…

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How to Help Teens and Young Adults Feeling Lost Amid Pandemic

For many young people, sheltering at home means missing milestones and public recognition of their achievements. This is especially true for seniors graduating from high school and college, and many are feeling lost. Kendall Smith, a high school senior who lives in Tallahassee, Florida, says her school has many traditions leading up to graduation. One of the most eagerly anticipated events is “Grad Bash,” a rite of passage when all graduating seniors head off to…

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As a Few US Schools Reopen, Safety Must Come First

May 7 is the date that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock declared it was safe for schools to reopen in his state. But according to the state’s Office of Public Instruction, just a few school districts in small towns have taken the governor up on the offer. That gap — between a state executive proclaiming schools safe to open and the reality of tiny groups of students gathering in just a few schools — shows the…

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Summer Camps in the Time of COVID-19

In a typical summer, more than 14 million campers and staff attend overnight and day camps in the United States. But summer 2020 will be far from typical. To prepare for that, the nation’s largest summer camp associations, the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA, have released a field guide for how summer camps can operate more safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The 82-page guide, prepared by a private consulting firm, offers…

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What You Should Take Into Consideration When Choosing a School

There is a lot to take into consideration when choosing a school. When students begin to hear back from Universities this winter and spring, they will have to make their decision based on several different components. Other than academics, a lot goes into making a college unique and fun to attend. When choosing which college they are going to attend, students should take into consideration things like clubs, class size, Greek life, charity organizations, and…

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GPAs: Unweighted vs. Weighted and What Makes the Difference 

When working on a grade point average (GPA), students should keep in mind that there is both weighted and unweighted scales, and understand what makes the difference. With the beginning of a new decade, high school students should feel inspired to raise their grade point average so they can get into their dream universities, whether they are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Starting fresh and creating new goals, or getting back on track with prior goals,…

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Year in Review: Education News in 2019

In one of our final blogs of the year, we will be taking a look back at some of 2019’s biggest pieces education news. Teachers maintained their momentum of successful organizing into 2019, beginning the year with a successful strike in Los Angeles, and continuing through Oakland, Denver and Chicago. In all cases, unions won agreements for reduced class sizes, additional nurses and counselors, and more. Teacher walkouts also occurred in West Virginia, North Carolina…

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Unsure about how to prepare for the SAT? Here is some insight from a former student:

Are you nervous about taking the SAT? When I began my junior year, my teachers and administrators flooded me with tons of information regarding the SAT. I remember walking into Barnes and Noble and seeing a huge 4-inch wide book with “S.A.T. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW” in big block letters printed on its bindings. Anxiety pulsed through my veins, and I thought to myself: do I really need that? In reality, when students begin…

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The Several Benefits to Being Bilingual

Recent studies have shown that there are several benefits to being bilingual. Learning a second language could give your child a serious advantage in conceptual thinking. It may even broaden their perspectives and understanding of the world.  Improving The Executive Function According to an article put out by Psychology Today, one of the several benefits to being bilingual is it improves brain activity functions. The executive function, for example, which is the control system of…

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6 Things Not to do When Applying to College

Applying to colleges can be tricky, but if you make sure that you fully understand the process, things will go more smoothly.  Many students believe the following “facts,” but doing these things will lead you down the wrong path. Here are some college application myths you should know about. 1. When applying early, there’s no real difference between early action and early decision.  Early action and early decision applications have similar deadlines, but they are very different. Early…

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