Education News Highlights

Engaging Parents on Back-to-School Night: An Elementary Teacher’s Field Guide
Tips for new teachers on how to engage parents in their children’s education, beginning with back-to-school night. Parents are not concerned about qualifications and degrees, but rather are focused on whether their children are “loved and valued in school.” 

Let’s Move! America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese.  The Lets Move! Website has information and resources for healthy eating, physical activity, and more, for kids of all ages. 

New Laws Take Aim at Bullying
Twenty-one states have passed laws this year aimed at preventing and reducing bullying in schools. Many states also are working to address online bullying, provide new protection for victims of bullying, and are requiring new training for teachers on bullying prevention.

Play Improves Toddlers’ Brain Development
Unstructured play is much better than TV or videos for encouraging brain development in infants and toddlers, a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement says. 

‘Sesame Street’ now brought to you by letters S-T-E-M
In an effort to give young viewers a leg up in math and science, the producers of Sesame Street want to help the very young think like scientists. It’s a response to international rankings that show U.S. kids slipping when it comes to basic math and science knowledge.

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