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Kristen Thorson is a Getting Smart Columnist. She is known for her experience as a teacher, interventionist, and curriculum and assessment developer. Connect with her on twitter: @kristenthorson

PreK.com: Using Technology to Elevate Early Childhood Education

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Parents want to find the best preschool for their kids and schools want to find a way to reach parents. PreK.com fits the bill for both.

Civics for 2020: This Is How to Engage Future Voters

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By: Kristen Thorson and Erin Gohl. From preK-12, these age-appropriate ideas for a more engaging civics education can help ensure the health of our political institutions.

2020 New Year’s Resolutions: Changes in Practice to Benefit the Whole Child

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We can create the best learning environment for students if we take the time to reflect, reconsider and reimagine our teaching practices.

Thinking Outside of the Gift Box

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By: E. Gohl et al. Giving an experience-based gift can provide many layers of enjoyment and connection and help to build a rich family culture.

Let us Give Thanks for the All-Too-Often Thankless Jobs

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By: Kristen Thorson and Erin Gohl. Every school has a community of staff working to create a nurturing, safe, and joyful environment. Expressing thanks to all those who contribute is the first step to inspiring a culture of gratitude.

Empowering Students Through Choice, Voice and Action

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By: Kristen Thorson and Erin Gohl. Children should have the choice to contribute their voice to our social and civic dialogue. Here’s how teachers and parents can create a space for kids to develop their thoughts, share their opinions, and take action.

Small Talk, Big Benefits: Adding Conversations to Reading and Everyday Moments

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By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson. Reading with children has a plethora of developmental benefits. Recent research suggests dialogic, or conversation-based, reading can even further broaden and deepen the benefits of the reading experience.

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