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District Administration – Mike Daugherty

“Although a majority of parents approved of the move to an online model, a subset of parents said they felt more disconnected since the initiative began. They felt out of the loop without papers and folders spilling out of their children’s backpacks. Our LMS, Google Classroom, was not as open to parents as we needed it to be. We were succeeding in changing the culture at school, but we were not doing as well at home. This was particularly apparent with students in grades 3 through 8. A team of teachers and technology professionals met to find a way to help those parents who were struggling. Communication was key.” (more)

How To Actually Teach Your Kid The Value Of Money

The Huffington Post – Taylor Pittman

“In a world of credit cards, online banking, tax codes, investments and retirement plans, keeping up with money can be tough for adults, and even more so for kids. So, for the many parents who want to teach their kid economic ideas and prepare them for their financial futures, where the heck is the starting point? We asked financial experts to break down the best ways to actually teach kids the value of money. Here’s their advice:” (more)

New research helps to instill persistence in children

Medical X-Press – James Devitt

“Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study. Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study.” (more)

Five math skills your child needs to get ready for kindergarten

Medical X-Press – Susan Sonnenschein, Rebecca Dowling And Shari Renee Metzger

“Parents play a critical role in their children’s early math education. They not only can provide math-related toys and games, but serve as role models demonstrating how math is used in everyday activities. Children who see their parents doing everyday math engage more often in math activities. This, in turn, builds early math skills, which serve as the foundation for later learning.” (more)

How To Talk To Your Kids About Addiction

The Huffington Post – Caroline Bologna

“In 2016, a federal report found that nearly 21 million Americans over the age of 12 struggle with substance addictions. In recent months, stories of celebrity overdoses and the opioid epidemic have inundated the news. And in the United States, an estimated 8.7 million children under the age of 18 live with at least one parent with a substance use disorder.” (more)

Hey parents, here’s why it’s important to visit the principal’s office

The Dallas Star-Telegram – Diane Smith

“If American artist Norman Rockwell took to canvas the image of a 2018 school principal, it might depict an educator shaking hands with parents or standing among children in a main hallway. But Rockwell’s image of a young girl sitting outside the principal’s office after receiving a black eye, “The Shiner,” is often what parents envision when they think about the principal’s office. A visit to the principal’s office doesn’t need to signal that something is amiss, said Anne Wicks, director of education reform at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.” (more)