Bullying is a serious subject, with short and long-term implications for both the victim and the bully. The guide below brings awareness to numerous types of bullying and who may be targeted, while also providing guidance to students, parents, educators and school professionals on how to prevent and stop this debilitating public aggression. Special attention is given to cyberbullying, an ever-growing issue for today’s generation. (Continue reading…)
What are the best skills for kids to have these days?
In today’s technology-driven world, is it best for children to hone their science and math skills to catch up with other countries that outperform the U.S.? Or is it best for them to be more well-rounded, with strong arts and athletic skills as well? Or perhaps parents should instead focus on encouraging less tangible skills in their kids, such as teamwork, logic and basic communication skills. (Continue reading at pew research.org)
Given the expanse of wilderness beyond most Alaska backyards, one would think kids in the 49th state don’t need much in the way of outdoor education. After all, nature is steps away from schools, parks and playgrounds, with near-daily opportunities for enrichment in the ways of wild places. Right? (Continue reading…at Alaska Dispatch News)
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has established a new category of outstanding scholars in career and technical education (CTE). Next summer, the White House will welcome the inaugural class of 20 CTE Scholars, nominated by state education commissioners and selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars.
This year, Alaska’s Presidential Scholars, chosen for academic excellence, are Grant Ackerman of West Valley High School in Fairbanks and Ariel Hasse of Mat-Su Career And Tech High School in Wasilla.
There is lots of talk in education about skills needed for the 21st century workplace. Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, predicts that creative, right-brained people will be in great demand in the 21st century workforce. Our job as parents is to prepare our kids for a future we can only imagine. So, what are 21st century skills exactly? Why do they matter to “art smart” parents and how do we help our kids?
Continue reading here. (from The Kennedy Center-Arts Edge)
Family-engagement practitioners and researchers say educators are adopting systemic and sustained efforts to integrate parents into the fabric of their schools—a welcome shift for advocates who have complained of lip service but scant support for programs they say can have a big impact on student achievement.
Continue reading – at edweek.org.
Do you have a passion for community service? Have you worked hard to solve a local problem, and now want to do more? Apply for the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Youth Ambassador Program, a year-long program that helps young leaders (ages 16-22) create change around critical issues facing youth today. Application deadline: June 10, 2015.
For more information, click here.
How can we encourage our kids to take action when the need arises?
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
Read more at the Greater Good Science Center website.
2015 Spirit of Youth Award Recipients
Youth voice refers to the ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people. Engaging youth voice is considered an essential element of effective organizational development among community and youth-serving organizations.
Learn more about youth voice and how organizations and programs are encouraging it, here. (www.casel.org)
Visit the Spirit of Youth website, an Alaska organization that is dedicated to creating, promoting, and recognizing youth involvement and youth voice!
The state of reading instruction in grades K-3
Early-grades reading instruction has long been a central point of emphasis—and concern—for educators and policymakers. That’s in large part owing to a provocative body of research showing that students who don’t read with proficiency by the end of 3rd grade are far more likely to experience poor academic outcomes, including leaving school without a diploma. This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.
(Continue here…) (from edweek.org)