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Thursday 09/14/2017
Study Suggests Today's US Students Are Less Efficient Readers
Updated: September 14, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Do today's students perform better than their peers in 1960? Given the advances in education and technology, it would be natural to assume that the answer is a resounding "yes." But, when it comes to reading efficiency, new research suggests that that's not the case.

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Tuesday 09/12/2017
What are ‘STEAM’ Subjects and Why Do They Matter?
Updated: September 12, 2017 - 3:40 am

(StatePoint) If you’ve heard your child’s educators talking about “STEAM” subjects, they are referring to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. And these subjects are growing in importance, as more industries require a strong mastery of the concepts and skills involved.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
5 reasons your child should join a robotics team
Posted: September 06, 2017

(BPT) - As students prepare to head back to school this fall, the pressure is on for parents and teachers to find activities that keep kids entertained and productive. One trend that’s picking up steam is robotics.

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Five Secrets You Should Know Before Becoming A Teacher
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 3:44 pm

(NewsUSA) - A career in teaching is one of the most demanding and challenging jobs that exist today. For those considering this path, the decision may be fraught with questions, and some not easily answered.

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Friday 09/01/2017
How to Get Your Family Interested in Art and Music
Updated: September 01, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) When school budgets suffer, often so do arts and music programs. Families can make up for scaled back opportunities in the classroom by bringing both music and art into the home.

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Tuesday 08/29/2017
The savvy mom's guide for saving on back-to-school shopping
Updated: August 30, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The hustle and bustle of the back-to-school season is in full swing and parents everywhere are scrambling to get everything their kids need for a successful year. This not only can get expensive, but running around town without a plan can be stressful and time consuming.

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Monday 08/28/2017
5 ways to show your child's teacher you have their back
Updated: August 29, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Consider the life of a teacher. It’s not just a job and it’s not just a profession. It’s a lifestyle that requires a high level of dedication. When the final bell rings and the last yellow bus pulls away, chances are, your child's teacher doesn’t just leave school behind at the end of the day.

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Friday 08/25/2017
4 unique ways to support your children this school year
Posted: August 25, 2017

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Thursday 08/24/2017
5 tips for an awesome first day of school
Posted: August 24, 2017

(BPT) - Your kid is an individual. Start their school year with something that will spark their unique passions, and you’ll be surprised how far that can take them. This collection of first-day tips from will help you find the perfect way to stoke your kid’s imagination this semester. It's all here, from the coolest lunchbox in all of time and space to Taylor Swift-inspired school supplies.

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Tuesday 08/22/2017
5 ways to re-engage high school dropouts
Updated: August 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - For Christine Wilkins, now 16, freshman year of high school was an ordeal. The same students who bullied her in middle school were at her new high school. Just approaching the school entry filled her with angst. One day, instead of going in, she turned around and went home.

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Thursday 08/17/2017
5 ways to save money on back-to-school shopping
Updated: August 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The new school year is quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend $83.6 billion dollars on clothing, supplies and other school items according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. The study also found that the average family surveyed plans to spend $687 on back-to-school shopping or $969 to head back to college, per child, which means looking for discounts and deals will be key to staying on budget.

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Fun Ways to Get Kids to Enjoy Math
Updated: August 17, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) For some kids, one of the toughest parts of the back-to-school season is getting back into the swing of math class. You can help ease the transition this fall and beyond by making math a wholly integrated part of the day.

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Monday 08/14/2017
Lady Gaga Stars in New PSA to Support Education and Inspire Positive Classrooms
Posted: August 14, 2017

(NewsUSA) - Students today face not only academic challenges, but also the emotional challenges of stress brought on by negative classroom environments, according to data from a recent survey by the Sesame Workshop. In the survey, 86 percent of teachers and 70 percent of parents reported worrying that "the world is an unkind place for children."

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Great Books to Get Kids Excited for School
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) As kids head back to school, you can help put them in a learning mindset by beefing up your home library.

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Friday 08/11/2017
Help support education and inspire positive classroom experiences nationwide during the back-to-school season [Video]
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Monday 08/07/2017
Families are Getting Savvier Paying for College
Updated: August 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) College costs may be on the rise, but families are as determined as ever to make higher education a reality for their children. What’s more, families are becoming savvier about how they meet the expense, suggests a new study.

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Thursday 08/03/2017
5 secrets of success: Traits to help you live without fear and reach your full potential
Updated: August 04, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Do you ever wonder what’s holding you back? A lot of people have all the skills and opportunities they need to reach their personal and professional goals, yet they fail to truly succeed.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Preparing for classroom success starts with being tech-ready
Updated: August 03, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The back-to-school season is equal parts excitement and stress. Busy parents often find themselves overwhelmed running around town trying to get all the supplies needed so their children have a successful school year — all without breaking the bank.

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Tuesday 08/01/2017
How to Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten
Updated: August 01, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Kindergarten is an exciting time for children, but it can also be a stressful time of change -- not just for little ones, but for parents, too. Although each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, most educators and experts agree that four key areas of development are essential for further growth and achievement in school.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Two Decades Strong—Family Place Libraries Celebrate A Milestone
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Libraries are no longer just spaces filled with books and movies to borrow. They are places of wonder and imagination and, if they happen to be affiliated with Family Place Libraries (FPL), they are fun, interactive early learning and family support destinations for families with very young children. And they are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

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Purple Heart Day: The Purple Heart Battalion
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - August 7 marks the third anniversary of Purple Heart Day and commemorates the creation of the Purple Heart medal in 1782. The Purple Heart medal is awarded to members of the United States military who are wounded or killed in combat. The predecessor to the Purple Heart medal was the Badge of Military Merit, created in 1782 and retired shortly thereafter.

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Thursday 07/20/2017
Tips to Improve Your Child’s Math Scores
Updated: July 20, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) At a time when math is becoming an increasingly important subject for students to master, students are exploring ways to better understand the subject of math and improve their test scores.

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Tuesday 07/18/2017
New Ways Classrooms are Changing
Updated: July 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Today’s classroom are in flux. And these changes, rooted in technological innovation, are making it easier for students to become more engaged and collaborative.

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Monday 07/17/2017
Back-to-School Tips to Help Reduce Stress
Updated: July 17, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) School can be a stressful place, from finding a seat at lunch to making new friends, but don’t let supplies be one of those stressors. Make life just a bit easier with the right supplies, so students have more time to focus on the important things. To help reduce stress, consider the following tips and tricks.

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Thursday 07/13/2017
How to Make Practicing Music Fun for Kids
Updated: July 13, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) While many children enthusiastically elect to study music, not all of them stick with the program. This is because many kids are surprised by the challenges associated with learning to play an instrument.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
CME Group, 4-H Steer Youth Toward Agricultural Industry for Fifth Straight Year
Updated: July 12, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - CME Group has once again partnered with National 4-H Council to sponsor the interactive and educational Commodity Carnival, which will visit 120 state and county fairs in the Midwest during the summer and fall of 2017. The Commodity Carnival and companion app, Risk Ranch, give players a fun and engaging way to learn about agriculture by bringing a steer to market.

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Monday 07/10/2017
6 creative ways to cut college costs
Posted: July 10, 2017

(BPT) - High school graduation is behind you, the graduation party is over and summer is here. It's the last hurrah before your child goes off to the real world. With college on the horizon, there are some important financial decisions to make.

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Thursday 07/06/2017
Tips for Students Moving to College
Updated: July 06, 2017 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) Moving into your own place is a milestone that makes you feel like a grown-up. And with the new school year approaching, you may be thinking about signing a lease for your first apartment or sharing a house with roommates. So now what? As you head to campus, here are important tips to consider before and after you sign on the dotted line:

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Thursday 06/29/2017
Skip the stress with smart steps for back-to-school success
Updated: June 30, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Just as you're settling into summer with your family, you get the welcome letter and supply list from your children's teachers for next year. You're quickly reminded that in mere weeks, they'll be headed back to the classroom. There's so much to do, you start to panic.

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Tuesday 06/20/2017
Jobs you can do with a law degree that may surprise you
Updated: June 21, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - A law degree isn’t only for lawyers. In fact, earning a law degree, even if you are currently employed in an entirely different field, can prove beneficial for career advancement and may even open the door for new opportunities.

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Monday 06/19/2017
5 Tips for Balancing Family, Work and Education
Updated: June 19, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) It’s an age-old conundrum. To advance professionally, often one must go back to school. However, earning a degree might seem like an insurmountable challenge because of the demands of a current job.

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Thursday 06/15/2017
Is Your Child’s School Prepared for the Next Academic Year?
Updated: June 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Unfortunately, classroom needs cannot always be matched by school budgets. If you are a concerned parent, consider getting involved in the PTA. It’s one of the best ways help ensure your school is equipped with the academic tools that teachers need most.

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Monday 06/05/2017
Study Tips for Busy College Students
Updated: July 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) With seemingly endless reading, lengthy term papers and make-or-break exams, the academic life of a college student can be nothing short of demanding. What’s more, many students hold down part-time jobs and participate in extracurriculars during the semester.

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Tuesday 05/23/2017
Tips to Avoid ‘Summer Brain Drain’
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) It’s only natural that kids get excited for summer vacation. However, parents may be concerned about “summer brain drain,” which occurs when students lose the knowledge they gained during the school year.

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Thursday 05/11/2017
4 simple ways to stay productive and conquer your to-do list
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that in an average week, 75 percent of Americans skip doing something for themselves because they didn’t adequately plan or allow enough time for it? Does looking at your to-do list feel so daunting that it discourages you from making any progress at all?

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Tuesday 05/09/2017
Online Retailer Celebrates 50 Amazing Teachers
Updated: May 09, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) -Education is a cornerstone of our culture and society. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are more than four million teachers in the United States. Every day, they go above and beyond to shape children's minds through their passion for lifelong learning.

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Thursday 04/27/2017
Productivity tips from busy experts [Video]
Updated: April 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
5 ways summer education benefits children
Posted: April 25, 2017

(BPT) - For months, your kids have been waiting for the moment when the final bell rings and they’re able to enjoy the freedom of summer.

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Monday 04/10/2017
3 Financial Must-Do’s for College-Bound High School Families
Updated: April 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) One challenge looms large for many American families as students approach high school graduation: how to pay for college.

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Monday 04/03/2017
Tips to Make Math Your Child’s Favorite Subject
Updated: April 03, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) For many students, math can seem like a chore. Not only are the concepts sometimes tough at first, but teachers are required to keep their lessons moving at a particular pace, making it easy for any student to get lost in the classroom shuffle.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Finding relevance in the evolving consumer environment
Updated: April 06, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You could call this a story of dreamers. Of taking chances, tempting fate and daring to take a blind leap of faith. The first chapter began because Bob Page found himself stuck in a job he hated.

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Friday 03/24/2017
The new old game in town is chess
Updated: March 25, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - If you think chess ranks somewhere with stamp collecting and horseshoes on the cool-and-hip meter, you need to turn down the disco music on your cassette player and start paying attention.

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Thursday 03/23/2017
4 Ways to Help Raise Kids' Grades
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) School can be tough, but parents can help by making sure students have all the tools and study habits they need to succeed. Here are four ways to help raise children’s grades.

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Tuesday 02/28/2017
How Digital Technologies Can Help Students Learn
Updated: February 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Did you know that advanced digital technologies can help grade school and high school students become better prepared for college and careers?

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Mid-Year Motivation for Students and Educators
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) The school year can seem long for students and educators alike. However, a mid-year infusion of new technology and tools can provide just the motivation needed to ace the rest of the year.

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Saturday 11/19/2016
Tips to Land a College Scholarship
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) If you are college-bound or already enrolled, experts say it’s worth investing the time to investigate scholarship opportunities -- even if you think you may not be eligible for most opportunities. According to a recent study, more than a third of college costs in the U.S. were covered by scholarships and grants in the 2015-2016 academic year.

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