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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Dangers Of Heavy Backpacks — And How Kids Can Wear Them Safely

The Huffington Post – Jessica Samakow

“Between studying, homework and extracurricular activities, going back to school may make kids feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. And sometimes, they literally do. After you pile a lunch, school supplies, binders and textbooks — which typically weigh 3.5 lbs each — into your child’s backpack, the load he or she is lugging around could be huge … and potentially dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 14,000 children are treated for backpack-related injuries every year.” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fiscal Recovery Buoys K-12 Budgets as School Year Opens

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“The modest but steady recovery of state K-12 budgets over the past few years is expected to continue, national experts on education finance say, although to what extent schools and districts will feel a real impact from budget changes for the 2014-15 school year is an open question.” (more)

Are elementary school start times too early for young children?

Floyd County Times – Staff Writer

“…the research was led by Peggy S. Keller, UK associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She found that earlier school start times were associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance, lower school rank and school under-performance.” (more)

The Three Dimensions of Student Achievement

Education Week – Ron Berger

“When a student is finished with school and moves into adult life, she will be judged not by her ability to perform on a test of basic skills, but by the quality of her work and character. This holds true regardless of what career or life role she chooses. Quality work and character are the keys to a successful life. So why are they not the primary focus of schools?” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gardening Can Help Keep Kids in School

Mashable – Liz Dwyer

“If we want to lower childhood obesity rates, educating kids about the need to swap junk and fast food for healthier choices is essential. But is teaching students how to grow fruits and vegetables the key to getting them to come to school and engage in the academic curriculum?” (more)

Tips for Developing a Strong Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher

Homeroom – Carrie Jasper

“The start of the school year is the perfect time to build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. It’s a good idea to let your child’s educator know you want to partner with him or her, and share the responsibility for your child’s academic growth. Here are some tips to bear in mind:” (more)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Los Angeles schools official suspends iPad rollout: L.A. Times

Reuters – Staff Writer

“The Los Angeles schools superintendent has suspended a contract with Apple Inc to provide an iPad to each of its students as the $1 billion initiative faces problems and growing scrutiny, the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported.” (more)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Delay morning school start for teens: pediatricians

Reuters – Andrew M. Seaman

“Middle and high schools should delay their start times to at least 8:30 a.m. to benefit the health and welfare of students, according to a new policy statement from a large organization of U.S. pediatricians.” (more)

12 ways to identify a good school

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“Fourteen years ago, I wrote a Washington Post magazine piece about a young couple seeking a school for their daughter, including 12 things to look for in a good school. The article survives online. Parents still ask me if I would change any of those recommendations.” (more)

‘Every student in every classroom’

The Las Vegas Sun – Pat Skorkowsky

“The Clark County School District enters this school year with many exciting initiatives focused on increasing student success, including:.” (more)