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Enabling Success For Your Child This Year (And Every Year)

The Huffington Post – Byron Garrett

“I get asked the “silver bullet” question a lot: how can we help the young people in our life be consistently successful students? I know that I’ve written a few books about how we can help make that a reality, but the reality is that there isn’t a “one size fits all” pathway to success. If there were, we’d all be on it and be able to share it on our own. The truth is that every student is different and their successes will all look different according to what they want to do- we’re not all meant to be lawyers, electricians or professional baseball players. So I wanted to lay out three clear strategies you can use to help create some structures for you and your child to make their dreams come true:.”(more)

Majority of American Parents Unaware of How Harmful Monthly School Absences Can Be

Education World – Staff Writer

“September is the first full month of school for most schools, and for that reason it’s also Attendance Awareness Month; throughout the month, advocates work to remind parents and mentors how important student attendance is for their respective achievement. While most parents understand how important attendance is, a new survey from the Ad Council has revealed they misunderstand how quickly absences add up.”(more)

Five Tips for Developing Great Relationships With Parents This Year

Education World – Staff Writer

“Establishing a solid relationship with the parents and guardians of your students is an absolutely essential element of the 21st century classroom. Authentic learning is a community effort, which means that each student’s support team—teachers, administrators, counselors, guardians, friends—all need to be working toward the same goals. For the teacher, this means reaching out.”(more)

AHA Says Cap Added Sugars for Kids at 6 Teaspoons a Day

MedScape – Marcia Frellick

“Children should consume less than 25 g, or the equivalent of 6 tsp, of added sugars a day — far below current intake in the United States, according to the first scientific statement on the subject by the American Heart Association (AHA). Currently, US children ages 2 to 19 years old consume more than three times that amount — about 80 g of added sugar daily — half from food and half from drinks, say the diet and nutrition experts who analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 2009–2012. And because intake amounts in the surveys were self-reported, the numbers likely even underestimate the problem, the authors of the statement say. Added sugars include table sugar, fructose, and honey used in processing and preparing foods or drinks and sugars added to foods at the table or eaten separately.”(more)

Heavy backpacks can affect your child’s health

ABC 10 KXTV – Alexa Renee

“A backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s weight, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This means, for an elementary school child weighing 50 to 60 pounds, their backpack should never reach more than about 12 pounds maximum. Ideally, it should be less. However, many children’s backpacks significantly exceed the recommended weight. The backpacks some children carry can weigh up to 50 pounds, according to Kamerman. For a smaller frame, that can be 50 percent of their body weight.”(more)

Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion From the EdNext Poll

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson, Michael B. Henderson, Martin R. West and Samuel Barrows

“In its 10th annual survey of American public opinion, conducted in May and June of 2016, Education Next finds that the demise of school reform has been greatly exaggerated. Public support remains as high as ever for federally mandated testing, charter schools, tax credits to support private school choice, merit pay for teachers, and teacher tenure reform. However, backing for the Common Core State Standards and school vouchers fell to new lows in 2016. As in previous polls, Democrats are more supportive of Common Core than Republicans are, and we find polarization along party lines on several other issues. Surprisingly, more Democrats than Republicans support vouchers targeted to low-income students, tax credits, and vouchers for all families (universal vouchers).”(more)