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Must-have free educational apps for your kids

There are many free educational apps you can download to your phone or tablet to help your kids learn and have fun doing it! From preschool to junior high, more than ever kids are using smartphone apps to enhance their learning. Kids 5 and Under Sight Words Learning Games – …

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No Child Left Behind Replacement Plan Shifts Power to States on Education

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers moved to replace the No Child Left Behind law, releasing a bill on Monday that would send significant powers back to the states and curb the authority of the secretary of education. The bill, called the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” comes after …

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Schools Can’t Stop Kids From Sexting. More Technology Can.

“YOUTH is subjected by our civilization to aggressive sex stimuli and suggestiveness oozing from every pore.” So declared the education professor Clark Hetherington in 1914, condemning the proliferation of racy movies and tell-all magazines. Lest adolescents succumb to the “indulgence” on display, he wrote, schools needed to teach “self-control” and …

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Help for homework help: Teaching parents Common Core math

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Any adult who has tried to help a second-grader with homework has noticed math is not what it used to be. Now schools are unlocking the secrets of Common Core math for mystified parents. They’re holding special classes or giving out materials designed for adults so …

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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking

By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense GraphiteAUGUST 31, 2015 For English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom, speaking English in front of others — particularly native speakers — can cause tremendous anxiety. In fact, the dread of speaking can actually interfere with students’ ability to learn. Even with the most …

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Record-Shattering Numbers Of Long Island Students Opting Out Of Common Core Testing

  With day one of three controversial Common Core ELA (English Language Arts) examinations for grades three through eight completed in New York State, the total score of students refusing to take the tests continues to rise exponentially. Compiled by Jeanette Deutermann, founder of anti-Common Core Facebook group “Long Island …

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States Are Pretty Confused About What Happens When Students Opt Out Of Tests

  This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. A flurry of parents opting their children out of taking new state assessments in places like Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, and New York has both the U.S. Department of Education and state education departments reviewing …

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Guides for Parents Tips for Teaching Kids to Enjoy Reading

  The key to reading is words: hearing them, saying them, seeing them, and connecting them to everyday life. Simply talkingin the grocery store, on the way to school, before bedguarantees a richer vocabulary for your child. Set aside a special time each day to read together. Reading lists, favorite …

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