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On Children's Art - The Book of Life

Last updated: 12/26/2018

For almost all of human history, it has been unthinkable that someone could lay claim to maturity, sanity and reliability by pinning a picture by a six-year-old to the walls of...

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Engaging Students: Movement Through Games and Music | Getting Smart

Last updated: 12/25/2018

What image comes to mind when you think of classrooms today? Where is the teacher and where are the students? Who is leading the discussion and doing most of the talking and...

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Baby's Got Mail: Free Books Boost Early Literacy

Last updated: 12/25/2018

"A busybody." That's how Raven Judd describes her 10-month-old daughter Bailey. "She loves tummy time. She likes to roll over. She'd dive if you let her," says the 27-year-old...

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6 ways to find a balance between school and sports

Last updated: 12/25/2018

As your kids come home with backpacks full of homework and flyers about upcoming school events, does your athlete feel overwhelmed with everything on their plate? How can...

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5 Lessons From a Diplomat for Bridging the Parent-Teacher Divide

Last updated: 12/25/2018

Recently, I’ve been using globally tested advocacy and solution-building strategies to help smooth a critical friction point close to home: the parent-teacher conference. “Gosh,...

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'The failure to educate a child anywhere in the world risks instability for us all'

Last updated: 12/25/2018

Unesco, the UN agency charged with improving global education, has recently been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.  Rows over alleged anti-Israel bias following the...

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It's getting even harder to hire preschool teachers

Last updated: 12/25/2018

Selma Sanchez spent the summer in a hiring frenzy. She's the program director of the Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles (CDCLA), and at one of the preschool sites,...

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Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

Last updated: 12/25/2018

Study author Richard Weissbourd says he was surprised by the results. As he wrote to me in an email: We were especially surprised and troubled to find how many youth value...

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Cultivating the Young Artist Builds Skills for Success

Last updated: 12/24/2018

Watch any child play for just five minutes and you’re sure to see them engage in some form of artistic expression.  Children use sticks to draw pictures in the sand and sing...

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Eight Great Education Reads From 2018

Last updated: 12/24/2018

It’s easy to lament bad writing in education. I certainly have my gripes. I think there is too much writing focused on Betsy DeVos. Too many articles allow who funds an...

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