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  • How Parents Can Promote Health and Wellness Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Four Things You Can Do
      Parents and guardians play a critical role in ensuring that schools and out-of-school time environments are healthy. Through advocating for healthy celebrations and fundraisers, serving on district and school wellness committees, and organizing before and afterschool physical activities, parents set high standards for health and wellness in their communities. Healthier Generation has many resources to help families and community members get involved, including new shareable videos on fundraising, celebrations, and rewards. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the recent reauthorization of our nation’s education law, recognizes the learning and health connection and provides opportunities for health and wellness ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-15By Darrell Robinson
  • Ten Questions to Help You Start the Conversation
    Social media plays a big role in teens’ lives today. It’s where they connect with friends and family, celebrate major milestones, share everyday moments, and discover new passions and interests. As parents, we want our children to connect, share and have fun through social media, and at the same time, stay safe. An important way to help ensure this is by having proactive, open and ongoing conversations with children around digital safety and setting rules together for technology use.  Instagram, a top social media platform among teens, partnered with social media and education expert Ana Homayoun, M.A., P.P.S., ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-06By Darrell Robinson
  • March2Success: FREE College Test Prep + More
    High school students have a lot on their plates these days. Having to re-take an SAT or ACT test due to a low score shouldn’t be one of them. March2Success, a free online, interactive program created to enhance ACT, SAT and standardized test performance can help better prepare your students for important exams. From high school science, math and verbal skills to college readiness and planning tips, this online resource has the tools and information students need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The U.S. Army-sponsored March2Success program features curriculum designed by Peterson’s and the College Options ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-04By Tony Castillo
  • Schools Honored For Excellence in Community Engagement and Growth
    Through the National PTA School of Excellence program, PTAs examine how their school communities feel the school measures up to the research-based indicators of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. PTAs and schools then work together to address areas for growth and create new ways for families to support student success. The National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded when a PTA and school have achieved an exhibited and high level of family-school partnerships. National PTA is pleased to recognize a record number of local PTAs across the nation who have earned the 2-year designation. This August, 278 schools have been ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-20By Amy Weinberg
  • How Families Can Drive Social and Emotional Learning
    Think back to the many wonderful moments of summer break as a child. Having the freedom to play, lead, think, and simply exist in your own unique way, testing your limits and sharing your imagination and ideas without the filters and regulations of the academic environment. Now, imagine losing all of that in an instant. All of the joy. All of the freedom. All the imagination. That can be what it’s like for youth to begin the school year and shift into an environment where their social and emotional well-being is not adequately encouraged or supported. As an active ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-17By Makeba Giles
  • Go Back to School Thinking About Your End Game
    It begins again! When’s the first PTA meeting? When is Open House? Do we have enough volunteers? Where’s the budget? Who has the membership forms? It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of preparing PTA for a new school year. Want some advice? Think about the “end game” to help you focus on what matters. It’s so much easier to get to where you want to go if you know where you want to end up! How many young people will your PTA touch this year? How many will decide to be a writer because of the PTA ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-13By Deborah Walsh
  • Cobb Middle School – Rise to Excellence Celebration
      Cobb Middle School PTA in Frisco, Texas had a great deal to celebrate at their Rise to Excellence event as a 2017-2019 National PTA School of Excellence and the 2017 National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Award winner. Cobb Middle School is the first school in Frisco ISD to receive the School of Excellence designation and the first school in Texas to receive the Hearst Award, National PTA’s highest honor for effective family engagement. Filling the auditorium in attendance at the celebration event were Cobb Middle School students, staff, administration, the PTA Board of Trustees and past PTA ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-01By Amy Weinberg
  • School of Excellence: Bringing the National Standards to Life
    The benefits of family-school-community partnerships are many: higher teacher morale, more parent involvement, and greater student success are only a few. That is why PTA developed the National Standards for Family School Partnerships. The standards are the foundation for the National PTA School of Excellence program and are embedded into our practice. They articulate what family engagement should look like at the school level.  These standards are in use by school, PTA and community leaders nationwide as a framework for thinking about, structuring, and assessing family engagement. Here are some actual examples of how some 2017-2019 National PTA Schools of ... read more
    Published on 2018-07-25By Amy Weinberg
  • Enroll in the 2018-19 School of Excellence Program
    Maybe you are looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements. Maybe something meaningful is already happening between your PTA and school, and you would like to see that recognized. In either case, National PTA’s School of Excellence program offers customized tools to help you to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success, and to earn recognition for your PTA and school. By enrolling in this program, your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Throughout the ... read more
    Published on 2018-07-12By Amy Weinberg
  • Snack Duty Made Simple
    (Sponsored Post) Many school snacks of today would have been hard to imagine even just 10 years ago. When I was growing up, most products available on campus were synonymous with indulgence. I vividly remember my mom helping with school fundraisers … I couldn’t wait for the bake sale! A lot has changed since I was a kid. Today, the items available to our children at school still taste delightful—but the products’ nutritional content has drastically improved for the better. The Vegas Family enjoying post-snack time activities This is all because we’ve raised the bar for foods and beverages ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-15By Elizabeth Vegas
  • 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