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Back-to-school lunches

August 10, 2015

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Back-to-school lunches by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  It is time for school to start, and healthy lunches are a top priority for children and adults, alike. Always pack lunches in a cooler or insulated container and include freezer packs, a sealed bag of ice or a frozen beverage to keep the food cold. If possible, […]

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National campaign aims to change school foods

August 7, 2015

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National campaign aims to change school foods by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Parents across the country are becoming more aware and alarmed by the quality of food being served to their children at school. Until recently, many felt like they had little say or power to make a change in the system. A new national […]

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Mindfulness for teachers

July 26, 2015

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Mindfulness for teachers by Patricia A. Jennings —  Think about the people who have made a meaningful difference in your life and a teacher will probably come to mind. Every day, teachers make valuable and long-lasting contributions to the lives of our children and grandchildren. However, 50 percent of teachers today leave the profession after […]

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Teaching mindfulness and compassion in schools

May 12, 2015

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Teaching mindfulness and compassion in schools by Daniel Rechtschaffen —  Schools across the globe are turning to mindfulness in the hope that it will be an antidote for the rising stress, emotional dysfunction and attention deficit in their students. Ongoing research reveals that a consistent mindfulness practice can help us to be happier, more focused, […]

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The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students

April 26, 2015

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The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students by Daniel Rechtschaffen — With attention spans waning and stress on the rise, many teachers are looking for new ways to help students concentrate, learn and thrive. This book is a practical guide for cultivating attention, compassion and well-being, in both students and teachers. […]

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Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education

March 5, 2015

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Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education by Megan Sweas — Focusing on character growth, the Cristo Rey network’s value-based education model ensures the formation of a “whole person” who understands his or her role in helping others and has presented a new vision in school administration and reinvented […]

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Arizona is encouraging schools to be healthier

January 16, 2015

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Arizona is encouraging schools to be healthier by Cary Bailen — We have all read the statistics about childhood obesity and most of us are aware that it is but one problem requiring our intense focus. How do we begin to tackle this issue and the many challenges facing the well-being of our children today? […]

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Pesticide use in schools

December 6, 2014

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Pesticide use in schools by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Although more and more communities across the country are acting to protect children from pesticide use in their schools, no national protections or standards exist. In an effort to correct this situation and ensure national leadership to protect children from daily doses of hazardous chemicals in […]

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The importance of a science-based education

May 25, 2014

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The importance of a science-based education by Marilyn Eisenberg —  Why is science education so important for every child? All children need the knowledge and skills that constitute what is known as “science literacy” — the ability to make sense of the world around them. By helping kids learn how to observe, collect evidence and […]

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The importance of mentoring

January 20, 2014

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by Marilyn Eisenberg —  Mentoring, a sustained one-on-one relationship between a caring adult and a child who needs support to achieve academic, career, social and/or personal goals, offers unlimited learning potential for children. Unlike natural mentoring relationships which may develop between students (mentees) and teachers, coaches, older friends or relatives, planned mentoring offers structured programs […]

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Locked in a box

October 23, 2013

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by Mary M. Ernsberger —  “It’s dark. Please let me out! I have a light; it is inside me. I wish I could share it with you, but no one can see it. All my friends have lights too, but no one can see their lights either. My light needs to shine. I was born […]

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The importance of studying language arts

September 23, 2013

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by Marilyn Eisenberg —  The fundamental need to exchange meaning and share human experience is the special province of the language arts. All people share this need, including students, who learn language best when it is frequently addressed in their schooling and when they are invited to explore it effectively through literature. Language arts form […]

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The importance of visual arts in schools

September 12, 2013

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by Marilyn Eisenberg —  From those who are already considered successful and who require greater challenges, to those who would otherwise remain disconnected and perhaps not realize their full potential, the visual arts engage all students. These arts help students make new connections, think “outside of the box” and transcend previous limitations by learning to […]

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