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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.

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.

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