Haitian Youth Recount Day of Earthquake

Haitian Youth Recount Day of EarthquakeBefore January 12, Charleus Louristan, Widny Laurent, and Modline Occy were working toward a brighter future by studying carrelage (laying paving stones) as participants in EDC’s Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Project (IDEJEN).

Then the earthquake struck Haiti, changing their worlds forever. Despite what they endured that day, Louristan, Laurent, and Occy Read more

Learn Math through Poetry

Learn Math through PoetryBy Joe Pagano

Since mathematics as a whole is a difficult subject to learn, maybe different approaches are needed in the teaching of this discipline. Certainly the hands-on approach gives students a tactile perspective to the inner workings of this subject, while the real-life applications approach lets students see and understand how mathematics Read more

Tips on How Adults Can Improve Their Handwriting

Tips on How Adults Can Improve Their HandwritingIt is never too late to develop good handwriting skills. Today’s adults pay little attention to their handwriting since there a few instances that require one to hand write. Once in a while, however, circumstances require a handwritten note and only then do people realize that they have problems with writing. It is then time to find tips on how adults can improve their handwriting Read more

“Help! My Homeschooler Has No Friends!”

If there’s a single topic that homeschool parents have to deal with on a regular basis, it’s the question of socialization. For many parents on the outside looking in, homeschool seems like a very insular world. Your kids spend time with you and your spouse…but who else? That lends itself to an incredible number of “but what about…” type conversations. As homeschool parents, we know the reality Read more

Getting the Best Help for Your High Schooler

Getting the Best Help for Your High SchoolerFrom the classroom to the playing field, standardized tests to college applications, getting outside help in high school – in the form of SAT prep classes, individual subject tutors, athletic trainers, and private college counselors, among others – has become as mainstream as studying the Declaration of Independence. But although such support may be widely Read more

A United Response in the Caribbean

A United Response in the CaribbeanA first-of-its-kind network in the Caribbean is uniting HIV and AIDS coordinators to use education to prevent HIV and AIDS, teach the public about how HIV is transmitted, and empower schools to be inclusive learning and working environments.

The consortium is known as the Caribbean Education Sector HIV and AIDS Coordinator Network (EduCan). It brings HIV and AIDS coordinators Read more

6 Ways to Pack a Greener Lunch Box

6 Ways to Pack a Greener Lunch BoxThe next time you reach into the pantry to grab a plastic sandwich bag for your child’s lunch, think about this: It takes an unbelievable one thousand years for it to decompose. The process of making these small baggies uses up valuable natural resources, including energy to manufacture and transport them. And every year animals all over the world suffer injury or death from Read more

Educational Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Educational Movies the Whole Family Will EnjoyCan’t stomach another family movie night featuring Hanna Montana or Clone Troopers? Screen one of these family-friendly movies and your kids won’t even realize they’re learning something new while they munch popcorn on the sofa. All are available on Netflix. com or Blockbuster. com, or your local video store or library (at no cost!).

Follow along with three animal families as they endure the ups and downs of a year, in the BBC’s amazing eleven episode series Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (2007), a showcase of worldwide natural wonders. You’ll climb the highest mountains alongside snow leopards; you’ll plunge into the deepest seas with whale sharks-all from the comfort of your living room sofa. Play the related online game, Mission Planet, where you’ll be thrust into the director’s seat and asked to manage a film crew as it travels across the continents. Step into the hidden world of bugs, ants, and other creepy crawlies in Microcosmos (1996; Directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie P rennou; Narrated by Kristen Scott Thomas and Jacques Perrin). Enjoy a close-up view of beetle battles, marching ant armies, and the birth of a butterfly. Critically acclaimed for its fine-tuned cinematography, this movie is one of the most creative and lyrical documentaries you’ll ever see. You don’t need a 60 x 80 feet movie screen to bring the excitement and spectacular footage of an IMAX movie into your home: IMAX has released all of it’s popular documentaries in DVD format. Join an expedition to some of the most biodiverse islands in the world with Galapagos: IMAX. Hike through one of our nations true treasures in Yellowstone: IMAX. Zoom 220 miles above our Earth and check into the International Space Station: IMAX. There are a trove of IMAX films to fit in with any of your family’s interests (or to provide more in-depth knowledge and understanding of your child’s current unit of study in school). Check out the IMAX Ultimate Collection, which contains 20 of the most popular IMAX movies on DVD. March of the Penguins (2005, Directed by Luc Jacquet; Narrated by Morgan Freemen) gifts viewers with a touchingly intimate glimpse into the difficult life of the Emperor Penguin. Witness the perseverance of these tuxedoed penguins as they trek across huge distances to their breeding grounds and protect their tiny hatchlings in the most brutal climate in the world. Yet another polar favorite, Arctic Tale (2007; Directed by Adam Raetch and Sarah Robertson; Narrated by Queen Latifah and Katrina Agate), tells the story of Nanu, a baby polar bear, and Seelah, a newborn walrus. Follow along as these two amazing animals make it through a precarious infancy then travel into youth, where they’ll be trained in hunting and fighting by their respective mothers. You’ll also witness the negative effects of global warning in the surrounding Arctic environment.

Unrecognized Progress

Unrecognized ProgressThe Koret Task Force does a valuable service for American education. Its recommendations are largely on target as we stick with the task of improving our schools and move toward the goal of “leaving no child behind.” But I see the events of the past 20 years in a different light. Our educators, students, parents, and policymakers deserve much more Read more

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