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  • Parents Unite to Support America’s Healthiest Schools
    When we drop our children off at school, we put great trust in the teachers and staff. Aside from home, kids spend the majority of their time at school, making it one of the most influential places in their most formative years. As parents, we look to schools to support our children in reaching their full academic potential. At Shore Acres Elementary—my sons’ school where I serve as PTA president—that pursuit starts with being a healthy school. We’re not your average healthy school. We’re one of America’s Healthiest Schools, a distinction earned through our work with the Alliance for ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-21By Stephanie Cox
  • Park West Gallery: Art Education Matters
    Students create self portraits through the Turnaround Arts program. (Sponsored Post) Knowledge is power, and there are few things more powerful than art. Despite art’s connection to human emotion, we at the Park West Gallery understand the art world can be intimidating for those who feel they aren’t “in-the-know,” so we strive to make art accessible for people of all ages by demystifying it. We emphasize the importance of art education by hosting regular free educational seminars and sponsoring enrichment programs through our nonprofit organization, the Park West Foundation. Exposure to the arts is a critical part of a child’s ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-13By Chris Gray
  • Clever and Fun Ways to Get Your Child Math-Ready
    Students often lose academic ground in the summer, especially in math. Researchers have found that students on average lose more than two months of math learning over the summer. To help children feel confident in math at the start of the new school year, try some math activities at home. That may seem like a challenge, but kids can practice math in lots of fun, unexpected ways. For example, inexpensive board games that offer children experience with numbers on a die, counting, money collection and distribution are all wonderful, non-traditional ways to sharpen your child’s math skills. Card games ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-11By Danielle Goedel
  • Q Your School: Free Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for Public Elementary Schools
    (Sponsored Post) As parents and teachers, you know how important it is to create a healthy environment for children to learn, grow and thrive. At kaléo, where we put patients first, we feel the same way. However, approximately six million children in the U.S. live with life-threatening allergies, meaning that an encounter with a peanut in the lunchroom or a bee sting during recess could trigger anaphylaxis to those at risk. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can happen quickly and may cause death. Anaphylaxis can occur as a result of exposure to allergens including tree nuts, peanuts, ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-08By Spencer Williamson
  • Celebrate the Holidays Safely
    The kids are back to school and the holidays are around the corner. It’s an exciting time to gather with family and friends. Unfortunately, holiday festivities can present unique fire hazards. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more residential fires happen during the colder months than any other time of year, primarily caused by cooking, heating and electrical malfunctions. Don’t let a fire ruin your holiday! Stay safe with these simple tips: Cook with Care Remain in the kitchen when you’re cooking and keep pan lids close by so that if a fire starts in the pan you can ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-07By Kristen Gomez
  • Go Back-to-School with National PTA
    Dear fellow PTA members, As your 55th National PTA President, it is an honor to welcome you to another exciting school year. As we begin an energizing new school year, I ask that you stay laser-focused on our PTA mission. We must ensure that all children have equity and quality in learning, and that they have access to a first-class public school education. National PTA’s resources, guides and tips can help you achieve our mission. 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit (PTAKit.org) Use this thorough guide to walk through every step of being a PTA leader, from Finance to Advocacy. ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-06By Jim Accomando
  • Preparing for a Hot Housing Market
    (Sponsored Post) Homes are flying off of the market—at least that’s the prediction for 2017. According to Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson, “We expect 2017 to break the 2016 record as the fastest market on record. Homes stayed on the market an average of 52 days before going under contract in 2016, the shortest time recorded since Redfin began keeping track in 2009.” Record number of sales The Salt Lake Board of Realtors® Housing Forecast 2017 report agrees; 2016 marked the highest level of homes sold in ten years. It also noted that the sale of multifamily units, such ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-30By Bryan Packer
  • Tell Congress to #STOPCutsToClassrooms
    Our public schools are at a crisis point. Federal funding for public education has remained at 2% of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services. This disparity between funding and actual cost means that Congress has essentially made cuts to classroom budgets across the nation. These overall classroom funding cuts couldn’t be coming at a worse time. Today’s classrooms are more in need of funding than ever—most public-school students are now from low-income families, yet federal spending for high-poverty schools has decreased by more than ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-25By Joshua Westfall
  • Becoming a National PTA School of Excellence
    Have you ever wondered what PTAs have done to help their schools become nationally-recognized Schools of Excellence? Check out how these PTAs made a tremendous impact on continuous school improvement through the School of Excellence program. Enroll your PTA in the 2017-18 School of Excellence program now thru October 1 at PTA.org/Excellence. Highland Oaks Elementary PTA – GA Through the School of Excellence program, the Highland Oaks Elementary PTA created the Kindness Project with the mission to foster kindness and respect in our student body by engaging students, parents and faculty alike. All students worked together during their art ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-22By Amy Weinberg
  • Start the School Year Right With Healthy Habits
    (Sponsored Post) Help Protect Your Children From Germs This Back-To-School Season With school bells ringing and teachers diving into their lesson plans, help your children focus on what matters most during the school year – learning! As part of the Healthy Habits Program, Lysol alongside the National Parent Teacher Association hope to spread the word on healthy habits, starting with simple yet effective tips to help keep germs at bay and help prevent your children from getting sick, whether in the classroom or at home! Set your children up for a successful and healthy school year with the following ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-15By Rory Tait
  • Do You Know the 5 Elements of a Learning Style?
    Knowing how your child best learns enables you to create an optimal learning environment.You’re probably familiar with the concept of a “learning style.” It is apparent in our everyday interactions with family, friends and strangers that everyone is a little bit different, and everyone learns a little bit differently. An internet search lead us to the discovery that there are 71 proposed learning styles. One model that stands out is the Dunn & Dunn learning style model.Dunn and Dunn ModelThis model was created out of a desire to empower and educate teachers and parents to analyze and motivate their children and students, ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-01By Love2Learn Idaho
  • 9 Ways To Get Involved in Your Child’s Schooling That You May Not Know
    As a parent or grandparent, there are multiple areas in which you can support the local education system. These areas include district level, school level, or your child’s classroom. These different areas may include multiple schools, go beyond the grade or classroom of your child, or focus in your child’s classroom.In as many ways that different parents have various interests, and talents to lend, there are as many options to get involved. A busy schedule isn’t necessarily a hindrance for getting involved and advocating for your child. Whether you have a few hours a year, or a few hours a ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-10By Love2Learn Idaho
  • 10 Ways to Be Effective in Advocating with Teachers and School Administrators
    Guest Contributor /// Nicole Christensen of Ammon, IDIt was a warm morning in late summer, I had gotten up early to make breakfast, so the smell of bacon, pancakes, and maple syrup permeated the house. Also permeating the house was the exuberant spirit of my 5-year-old daughter, Claire, who was darting around the living room wearing her My Little Pony backpack, which she hadn’t removed for the three days she had owned it.Her brothers and sister were not nearly so excited. Summer was over and the first day of school for them was to be dreaded. They were lambs, and the yellow ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-03By Love2Learn Idaho
  • F-O-U-N-D-R-Y — A Student Makerspace
    Guest Contributors /// Jared and Koko, Students at One StoneContinue reading on Medium » ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-28By Love2Learn Idaho
  • Our Communities As Classrooms, Reclaiming The “Local” In Schools
    Guest Contributor /// Nate McClennen, Vice President for Education and Innovation for Teton Science SchoolsContinue reading on Love2LearnIdaho » ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-20By Love2Learn Idaho