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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2 Years Was the Path For Me in CTE – Education Article

There are many young adults who find it very difficult to identify their career passion and explore how to turn that passion into a successful career. That was me, until I discovered my high school’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program. This program helped me discover my passion for Culinary Arts. My culinary class was the class I would look forward to every day, because it is what spoke to me and what I wanted to pursue as a career.…

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PLUS Loan Basics for Parents – Education Article

Your child is going to college or career school—that’s great! But you may have questions about how to pay for it. If your child hasn’t completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), ask your child to complete it today. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives your child access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school, including loans YOU can receive. After applying for financial aid, your child…

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7 Tips to Help Parents Make Summer Reading Fun  – Education Article

When you hear the words “summer slide,” what images pop into your mind? A park slide? A water slide? Sunshine and summer fun? Wrong.  The “summer slide” has nothing to do with a fun summer pastime. Instead, it’s a term used to describe the tendency for students to decline in achievement gains during the summer months when school is not in session. This phenomenon is especially prominent among students from low-income families who often lack access to books over summer break. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent the summer slide. Giving children access to books plays a critical role…

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Education Freedom Scholarships: 6 Things to Know – Education Article

This proposal would empower students and families to choose the best education setting for them – regardless of where they live, how much they make, and how they learn. Here are 6 things you should know about Education Freedom Scholarships: 1.) This proposal would drive a historic voluntary investment in America’s students and our future. 2.) States could choose creative and unique approaches to giving students access to the right education for them. 3.) The proposal would most benefit our…

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5 Tips to Encourage Reading at Home – Education Article

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, captured the essence and importance of reading with this simple quote. Whether it is learning the art of how to read or reading to learn important information, engaging children to read is key. The fundamental skill of reading can be difficult for some children. Finding ways to make the reading experience enjoyable…

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The Only Way Out is Through- Anxiety in the Classroom – Education Article

On any given day I may receive a phone call from a teacher to check in with one of my students. It may be a student who frequently complains of stomach aches or got angry and yelled about an unexpected schedule change. It could be a student that has isolated herself from others at recess or is having difficulty concentrating in class. Anxiety manifests in a variety of ways, and for our youngest learners it can be difficult to identify…

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Student Loan Forgiveness (and Other Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans) – Education Article

Here’s a question a lot of people may be wondering… Is it really possible to have my federal student loans forgiven or to get help repaying them? The answer is: Yes! However, there are very specific eligibility requirements for each situation in which you can apply for loan forgiveness or receive help with repayment. Loan forgiveness means that you don’t have to pay back some or all of your loan. You never know what you may be eligible for, so take…

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Frequently Asked Questions about Second Chance Pell – Education Article

This April, in recognition of Second Chance Month, we’re answering the most frequently asked questions about Second Chance Pell. What is Second Chance Pell? In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education created the Second Chance Pell (SCP) Experimental Sites Initiative to provide need-based Pell grants to those in state and federal prisons. This initiative examines the impact expanded access to financial aid has on incarcerated adults’ participation in educational opportunities. Why is Second Chance Pell important? According to Pew Research…

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5 Things to Know When Evaluating a Financial Aid Offer – Education Article

April is National Financial Capability Month and understanding the terms of your financial aid offer and making smart decisions about paying for college can be a good indicator of your financial capability. Many schools use the term “award letter” which can be misleading and make it sound like all the aid that is listed will all be awarded to you. This notification (paper or electronic) is an offer, which means that you are not obligated to take all the aid…

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2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced – Education Article

Today the U.S. Department of Education named the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country there are 35 schools including 25 public schools, 3 magnet schools, 2 charter schools, 10 nonpublic schools, and four postsecondary institutions that are recognized. Thirty-six percent of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. These honorees employ innovative practices and policies to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and…

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3 Ways Education Freedom Scholarships Could Support Military Families – Education Article

April is “The Month of the Military Child,” and serves as a reminder that military children serve our country alongside their parents and face challenges that most other students don’t think about, let alone experience themselves. Each military child deserves the chance to flourish in an education environment that best leverages their unique learning style and cultivates their talents. Unfortunately, while service members fight and defend our freedoms abroad, military families are too often denied education freedom at home. The…

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