Nine Ways Technology Can Boost STEM Learning – Education Article

Across the nation, innovative programs are preparing students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects, often called STEM, can open up new pathways to success in the 21st century workforce and also means new opportunities for students and teachers alike. Technology can play an important role in the STEM learning process. The Office of Educational Technology, in partnership with Digital Promise, reviewed research literature on how technology can enrich STEM learning. They found nine ways…

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Stay On Track This Summer: 4 Tips for Incoming College Freshmen – Education Article

A recent post, covers the concern of “summer melt,” where up to one-third of the students who graduate high school with plans to go to college never make it to a college campus. The post discussed how educators  can help keep someone on track—but there’s also plenty that a student can do to make sure their college plans don’t get derailed during a summer break. Open every piece of snail mail you get from the college, and read all of it!  …

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A Trip to the Farmers Market – Education Article

  Bringing your student to your local farmers market is a great educational opportunity. Use this the guide below to make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable.   Before your visit: Read about or briefly explain the purposes of a farmers market and what you will do and see during your visit. During your visit: Encourage the student to engage with the farmers market vendors by speaking to them and asking questions about their products. Use the following questions for…

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Hands-On Learning: A Day at the Farm – Education Article

Taking your student to a local farm is a great hands-on educational opportunity. Use this the guide below to help make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read a book about farm animals with your student. Talk about the different names for animals and their offspring. During a meal, talk about the different foods on the table that may have come from a farm. Teach your student what sounds each animal makes and have them practice. During…

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Spotlighting Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability in the State of Washington – Education Article

Year round, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and fitness; and environmental education. Each fall, we have the pleasure of visiting school communities and highlighting their efforts. This year, the Green Strides Tour will return to the state of Washington for the first time since 2013, with the theme Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability. The…

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Calling All Students to the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” Contest – Education Article

K-12 students – enter your ideas to name the new Mars 2020 Rover! On August 27, 2019, NASA launched a national contest for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students to name the Mars 2020 rover, the newest robotic scientist to be sent to Mars.  Scheduled to launch aboard a rocket in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and touch down on Mars in February 2021, the to-be-named rover weighs more than 2,300 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and will…

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Hands-On Learning: A Day at the Zoo – Education Article

Taking your student to the zoo is a great way to engage with them outside of the classroom and enjoy a hands-on learning experience together. Use this the guide below to make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read a book about your child’s favorite animal to learn more about where it lives, what they eat, and what the animal sounds like. Watch videos online of the animals in their habitat. Ask your student about what he…

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11 Common FAFSA® Mistakes – ED.gov Blog – Education Article

The 2020–21 FAFSA® will be available October 1! If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, you should fill out your FAFSA form as soon as possible! Just make sure you don’t make one of these common mistakes: 1. Not Completing the FAFSA Form We hear all kinds of reasons: “The FAFSA form is too hard.” “It takes too long to complete.” “I’ll never qualify anyway, so why does it matter?” It does matter. For one,…

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National Blue Ribbon Schools—Learning Requires Engagement – Education Article

Proud younger siblings with graduates of Lorenzo Walker Technical High School in Naples, FL – a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School National Blue Ribbon Schools are special places, each unique to their communities, their students, their staff, and their leaders, and are producing outstanding results for all their students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code. They are closing the gaps in student achievement and, in most cases, demonstrating consistent excellence. Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program…

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National Blue Ribbon Schools— Learning in Creative Contexts – Education Article

Students at Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis, IN – a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School   National Blue Ribbon Schools are special places, each unique to their communities, their students, their staff, and their leaders and are producing outstanding results for all their students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code. They are closing the gaps in student achievement and, in most cases, demonstrating consistent excellence.Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program visits a handful of schools…

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Back to School by the Numbers: 2019–20 School Year – Education Article

Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students return for the 2019–20 school year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles back-to-school facts and figures that give a snapshot of our schools and colleges for the coming year. You can see the full report on the NCES website, but here are a few “by-the-numbers” highlights. You can also click on the hyperlinks throughout the blog to see additional data on these topics. The staff of…

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Suns Out, Funs Out! Summer Safety Tips for 2019 – Education Article

It’s finally here…the end of the school year! The summer provides many opportunities to go outside and be active in the sunshine. However, be sure to keep in mind these simple safety guidelines which can help ensure that children spend more time visiting the local park rather than the local emergency room. Keep It Covered In short doses, it’s great for kids to play outside and be exposed to sunshine in the summer. However, if your student plans on spending…

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The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program – Education Article

Each year the U.S. Department of Education joins the White House in honoring U.S. Presidential Scholars. This program– established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President –spotlights academic achievement of outstanding high school graduates and has expanded to recognize achievement in the arts and career and technical education (CTE). Since the creation of this award, ten U.S. Presidents – from President Lyndon B. Johnson to our current president, President Donald J. Trump – have embraced the opportunity to celebrate…

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Mitigating the Slippery Slide of Summer Melt – Education Article

Summertime is synonymous with melting and we can all envision a delicious ice cream cone quickly melting as we hurry to eat it before it becomes a puddle. Unfortunately, there’s another kind of melt that can happen over the summer that needs our collective attention: “summer melt”. It’s a term that education professionals use to describe the instance when students are accepted into college but never arrive in the fall. As educators and student advocates, there are several ways we can…

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Your Burning Questions about Dual Enrollment, Answered. – Education Article

Imagine graduating from high school with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. You may think it sounds too good to be true, but dual enrollment programs can make this a reality for many high school students. Because there are no universal federal guidelines that exist to determine how dual enrollment programs are structured, there tends to be a great deal of variation between programs. So what exactly is dual enrollment? In short, dual enrollment allows students to access…

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Parent Like a Pro: Slowing the Summer Slide – Education Article

Learning doesn’t have to fall by the wayside just because school is out. Use these five parent pro tips to keep your child learning and having fun over the summer months. 1.) “Summer”ize your Summer Activities After completing a fun activity with your child this summer – such as going to the zoo, park, pool, etc. – have your child tell you about it. Ask questions like: What happened? Who was there? Why was this significant? What was the most important…

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