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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.

Four Ways Adults Can Support Child Literacy

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By: Mitch Center. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, uncle, mentor or even an older sibling, you have the opportunity—and responsibility—to help the kids around you fall in love with books. Here's how.

How To Keep Students Engaged in STEM During The Holiday Break

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By: LEAP Educators. The LEGO Education Advisory Panel shares ideas and activities that can help keep students engaged in STEM at home during their holiday breaks.

Connecting Families Traveling the World’s Classroom

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By: CJ Singer. My family has been traveling full-time for three years and developed the online community Worldschooler Connect to link all traveling families throughout the world's classroom.

Getting Smart Gift Guide | 10 Gifts that Teach SEL

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We know that prioritizing SEL is important, but we also recognize that it can be hard to do. Which is why we created this holiday gift guide listing of some of our favorite toys, books and apps that can help foster social and emotional learning.

Smart Review | Galactic Hot Dogs

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By: Mary Ryerse and Luke Ryerse. Mary and her 9-year-old son each have their own positive reviews for Simon Schuster's Galactic Hot Dogs series of books.

Getting Smart Podcast | Insights from Parents on “Back to School”

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We're celebrating the anniversary of "Smart Parents: Parents for Powerful Learning" in this episode by revisiting the book, discussing back-to-school prep with several parents and offering our listeners a free e-book copy.

Should I Grade-Skip My Gifted Child?

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By: Jonathan Wai, Ann Lupkowski Shoplik and Susan Assouline. One effective way to help talented students remain intellectually challenged and engaged in school is to have them skip a grade. But how do you decide this is right for your child?

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