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How To Talk To Kids About School Safety

The Huffington Post – Caroline Bologna

“Although it’s important to respond to kids’ queries and have conversations around school safety, broaching this topic without causing unnecessary fear or anxiety can pose a challenge. To offer guidance, HuffPost spoke to a couple of school safety experts about the best ways to tackle these issues with kids. Here are eight things to keep in mind when discussing school safety with children. Much of the advice can apply to parents and educators alike.” (more)

Implementing a Strong Phonics Program

Language Magazine – Lynn Hobratschk, Amy Jones, and Lisa Toole

“According to some recent research, phonics instruction is one of the most effective ways to teach children how to read, but a comprehensive phonics curriculum is hard to come by. Unless they develop foundational reading skills early, students will experience literacy deficits across all subjects. Here, three innovative curriculum leaders, Lynn Hobratschk, Dr. Amy Jones, and Lisa Toole, offer their insights into what makes a successful phonics program and how to implement it in schools.” (more)

From investing to debt to budgeting, 19 financial mistakes millennials should avoid

USA Today – Staff Writer

“The money moves you make when you’re young are going to set the stage for future financial success — or make it harder for you to achieve your dreams. While focusing on financial responsibility may not seem like much fun, young people have the benefit of time and a clean slate when it comes to money matters. If you make good choices from the start, you can make the magic of compound interest work for you and set yourself on the path to success. But, it’s important to avoid mistakes that could cost you.” (more)

The STEM Zombie Apocalypse

Edutopia – Amy Schwartzbach-Kang and Edward Kang

“So many adults, including teachers, joke about not being able to do simple math or not being a “science person” that many students enter STEM classrooms with negative views. This creates a fixed mindset as students believe they need certain natural abilities to be successful in math and science. As educators, we need to create opportunities for students to overcome these deeply planted negative views.” (more)