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A Parent’s Call to Action: Leveraging Personalized Learning for Your Child

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By: Karla Phillips and Ace Parsi. From the day of diagnosis, parents of students with disabilities begin the long journey of paving paths through a world designed for the mythical “average” person. Here's how personalized learning can help.

What Parents Need to Know About Project-Based Learning

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By: Breanna Reynolds. As a parent, you’ve probably heard the buzz about “project-based learning,” but you might not know exactly what it means. Here's everything you need to know.

Solving the EdTech Gap for Early Learners

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A new venture challenge is offering funding for innovative teams of educators and entrepreneurs who are creating EdTech tools that address the needs of early learners. Learn more here.

Smart Review | Cubetto: Teaching Coding Without a Screen

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How can parents help introduce and get their young children interested in coding, while still limiting time on a device? Cubetto is a wooden robot designed to teach kids as young as three years old to code without a screen.

Smart Review | An Epic! Review From a Teacher and Parent

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Whether for classroom or home use (or ideally a combination of both) the Epic! digital library is an excellent place for students, teachers and families to explore and grow a love of reading together.

You Can Thank Mom for More than the Meal Itself: What the Kids Have to Say

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Everyone benefits from family dinner—especially the kids. Even better, kids LIKE it. Here, I look at the benefits of regular family dinners, and share the perspectives of some of the kids I know.

Getting Smart Podcast | Why Language Learning Matters: Parent and Student Voices

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Parent and student perspectives are often left out of education conversations, so in this episode of the podcast, we capture ideas and insights around language learning from several members of these two important education stakeholders.

Supporting Autistic Students with Powerful Family Engagement

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By: JoAnn McCray. Building a trusting relationship with my autistic son's teacher has helped us create family engagement strategies that empower me to make informed decisions that result in positive outcomes for him.

How to Reduce Barriers to Family Engagement

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In a recent survey, 18,000+ parents and guardians were asked to share more about their barriers to engaging with their child’s school. Here are the most common barriers nationwide, and potential next steps for addressing these challenges.

Decisions, Decisions: Deciding Which School is Right for Your Child

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By: Gabriella Rowe. How do you decide what school is right for your children? I tell parents that these four qualities are the most important indicators of a school that will be successful in addressing the needs of their K-12 students.

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