Teaching Emotions in the Classroom

Teaching Emotions in the ClassroomMany times, if young children are unable to act empathetic towards their siblings, friends, and classmates, it is not because they do not feel empathy, it is simply because they do not have the correct vocabulary to communicate their emotions.

Teaching children emotional vocabulary is a key part of conflict education at a young age. For a group activity, ask children: Read more

Parents’ Involvement In Enriching School Experience

Parents’ Involvement In Enriching School Experience“No one is more important than parents in sending the signal that reading and education matter and that school work is not a form of drudgery but a ticket to a better life. . . By giving their word to read to their children, to assist on homework, to engage the process of learning, parents can set an example for their children that is powerful and positive.” – Former California Read more

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a LegacyCommunity-level programs are often at a loss when their funding ends. How can they continue to offer services to clients? What aspects of their programs should they work hardest to sustain?

To help program directors plan for and respond at this critical juncture, EDC’s National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention Read more

For Youth, By Youth

For Youth, By YouthOver the Tana River, halfway between Nairobi and Somalia, the city of Garissa, Kenya, is home to about 230,000—mostly Somali pastoralists.

Camels, cows, and goats have been the lifeblood of this region for hundreds of years.

But drought, food shortages, and overgrazing perennially test the sustainability of that livelihood. And cattle rustling and violent banditry routinely Read more

First Grade Summer Reading List

2011 Summer Reading List

First Grade Summer Reading ListThe Book with a Hole by Herve Tullet. This is a whole lot more than just a giant book with a giant hole in it. Filled with imaginative pictures and interactive activities that inspire creativity, this whimsical read gets your child thinking outside of the box (or hole, as it were). In First Grade, kids are learning to string sentences together Read more

Evaluating the RTT Finalists

Evaluating the RTT FinalistsThe Race to the Top finalists – 15 states plus the District of Columbia – do not have an equal chance of actually winning a Round One grant in the $4 billion competition.

Like a presidential candidate who interviews many more vice presidential candidates than actually are under serious consideration, I suspect the Education Department was intentionally over-inclusive. A likely scenario Read more

Wage Distortion

Wage DistortionThough exceptions undoubtedly exist, women with higher aptitudes can ordinarily be expected to be more effective classroom teachers than those with lower aptitudes. It is therefore troubling to think that in the United States those entering the teaching profession in recent years have, on average, lower measured aptitudes than their predecessors.

That Read more

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