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8 Brands You Didn’t Know Could Help Your School Fundraise

By Christine Dickson Google any company or brand along with the words “corporate social responsibility,” and more often than not you’ll find descriptions of how the company is giving back to their community. Education is one of the most popular categories for brands to contribute to, either monetarily or through volunteerism. Whether it’s sponsoring nonprofits, donating products to charities, or partnering with organizations to create their own philanthropic foundations, companies use a variety of tactics […]

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10 Unexpected Games that Help Kids Learn Through Play

“Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering fear while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children.” – The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007 Contributed by Christine Dickson There’s a certain amount of fear when it comes to letting children play, and most often that fear is rooted to the […]

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Easy Ways for Students & Teachers to Practice Mindfulness Every Day of the Week

By Christine Dickson Reading, writing, math, science — all topics that are heavily covered in school and considered an important part of a student’s future success. But what if stress causes a student to shut down? What if anxiety prevents a bright student from showing their full potential? Just as students learn how to read and write, students should also be learning how to recognize and handle their emotions. Emotional strength is integral to helping students […]

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School Sports is Still the Key to a Well-Rounded Student

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Scoring the winning goal. Passing the tie-breaking touchdown. Finishing first place in a split-second race. Just as the start of a new school year brings opportunities for learning and academic growth, it brings possibilities for athletic greatness through the start of a new season of school sports. As we all know, sports are an extremely popular extracurricular activity for students and there’s no sign that that is changing. The National Federation […]

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5 Ways to Make the World Cup a Learning Opportunity for Kids

Contributed by Quinton Aguilera A prospective 211 countries and territories, from ones as large as China to ones as small as Gibraltar, go through months of grueling qualification and gameplay for a chance to make it to the prestigious FIFA World Cup, a global event that draws in 3.5 billion people. As exciting as the sporting aspects of the event are, there’s a lot more to the World Cup than just goals and medals. What […]

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Chronic Absenteeism: Modern Solutions to Bring Students Back to School

Contributed by Colin Egerter School may be out for the summer, but this summer vacation ends early for educators who have to prep for the new school year. Soon enough, teachers will begin to prepare for the school year by modifying lesson plans, and creating an welcoming environment for all students to learn and grow. This planning is important, but it doesn’t help those students who miss so much school that they don’t reap the […]

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Education Funding Partners Honored by B Lab as Both Best For Customers and Best For Governance

Education Funding Partners was recognized today as a company creating the most positive overall impact on its customers and for creating powerful governance structures to protect its company mission based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld. Education Funding Partners is honored in both the Best For Customers list and Best for Governance list, […]

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Make Your Class the Next Big Blockbuster by Teaching with Film & Visual Media

Contributed by Thomas Boyer & Christine Wang Dickson Students always rejoice when it’s “movie day” in the classroom. However, deciding to pop a movie in as a means to reward students after an exam or distract them in the remaining days before break actually devalues film as an educational tool. Marrying visual media and educational text is a resource teachers should be taking advantage of by exploring the potential connections between the two mediums, and […]

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How to Make Mental Wellness a Priority for Students: National Mental Health Month

Contributed by Aleksandra Grabowski The time is now to address mental health in schools. The statistics of the past decade have indicated that there’s a veritable crisis for students at every grade level. A report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as many as 1 in 5 children in the nation suffer from a mental disorder. With school being a major stressor in many students’ lives, it only makes sense […]

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If We Have to Prep for Tests, Let’s Make it Fun and Meaningful

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Questioning is a form of teaching as ancient as Socrates. When it comes to the implications and complexities of the topics people encounter, learning is fostered by the critical thinking that questions promote. The Socratic method was, and still is, instrumental in developing a framework for understanding important concepts. A more formal presentation of this questioning mechanism has solidified itself in American education system. With spelling pre-tests on Monday, question-based homework […]

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