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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Giving kids ‘Choice’ makes school lunch successful (video)

USA Today – Staff Writer

“How Choicelunch is partnering with schools to bring kids healthier food they’re willing to eat.”(more)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Research: Don’t Buy Too Many Christmas Gifts for Kids

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that parents who promote good behavior by offering material possessions could be setting up difficulties for their children later on in life. The authors of the study, “Material Parenting: How the Use of Goods in Parenting Fosters Materialism in the Next Generation,” discovered three parenting strategies that ended with greater materialism. Offering material possessions as a reward to children for something they should be doing, such as getting good grades; giving gifts to show affection; and taking away toys as a punishment.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: ‘Circle Up!’

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat. Some 80 students have applied to be “peer leaders” in the school’s new, alternative discipline program called “restorative justice.”…This school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue.”(more)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Warning teens of hookah’s dangers is tough sell

USA Today – Robin Erb

“In particular, they’re trying to educate youth about the health risks of hookah — a practice that in a single session might subject that user to 100 times as much smoke as a single cigarette, according to some research.”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seeds of learning: School uses garden to teach valuable lessons

Recordnet.com – Elizabeth Roberts

“A growing national movement incorporating gardening into the curriculum — and curriculum into the garden — is something of a passion for Principal Connor Sloan…Using the garden as a living classroom can do everything from broadening a student’s ability to connect the cycles and systems of nature to the sources of food to the nutritional connections between water and soil…It really helps infuse the process of inquiry, of asking questions, digging deeper…Studies have found that integrating gardening into the school day can boost test scores and student behavior.”(more)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Adverse childhood experiences impact child health, school outcomes

News Medical – Staff Writer

“Nearly half of all children in the United States are exposed to at least one social or family experience that can lead to traumatic stress and impact their healthy development – be it having their parents divorce, a parent die or living with someone who abuses alcohol or drugs – increasing the risk of negative long-term health consequences or of falling behind in school, suggests new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”(more)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Expert tips for educational — but still fun! — holiday gifts

Indy Star – Stephanie Wang

“Even perfectly ordinary toys, like train sets and video games, can start building young engineering minds — and yes, it can still be fun, Purdue University experts say.”(more)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Parental involvement still essential in secondary school

Medical Xpress – Anthony Moore

“”The key findings here are that parents should always be involved, but they need to give great thought as to how they are involved and the manner in which they stay involved as the child ages.””(more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5 Smart Ideas for Reducing the Effects of Kids’ Trauma

Education News – Julia Steiny

“…for various reasons, lots of the kids wriggling around in our worlds have experienced trauma…Margaret Paccione-Dyszlewski, Ph.D., will help us understand how to create environments that are prepared to handle traumatized kids and to prevent triggering trauma or escalating a boil-over.” (more)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Reversing Childhood Obesity: A New Call to Action

The Huffington Post – Lance Henderson

“For the past decade, a metaphorical fire has raged out of control, a conflagration of dire statistics on childhood obesity and the health and financial costs they portend. Here’s a sampling: the tripling of obesity rates in kids over the past 30 years, $147 billion in annual health care costs related to obesity, and a projection that 40 percent of U.S. children born today will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.” (more)