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  • Connecticut Cities Celebrate “Light’s On Afterschool” Thursday, October 24th marked the 20th year that the Afterschool Alliance has kept the “lights on” for afterschool programming across the nation. The intent of the event is to celebrate the role afterschool programs play in the lives of children and families. This year, over 10,000 events across the […]

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  • Many of my students love the show “Avatar: The Last Airbender” as much as I do! There’s a particular episode that truly stands out as a favorite of mine and it’s the episode where the main character and protagonist, Aang, is learning to Earth-bend: a technique that will allow him to have control over earthly […]

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  • Practical Advice on Encouraging Student Engagement “Miss T, I know we won’t put coconut milk in the soup?” One of my students slyly remarked as I read the recipe for the Chicken Tai soup, we were preparing to create in our Teen Chef Class. By now, I was very used to the students’ resistance to […]

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  •  Let them Share: Helping Children Express their Feelings During a boys’ mentoring session, one of the quieter students shared his thoughts regarding attempting suicide. When the education coordinator shared this information with my colleague and I, we both were shocked. I would never have thought that this student might be experiencing suicidal thoughts or consider actions […]

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  • Using the Socratic Method to Teach Social-Emotional Learning Developing critical thought and questioning abilities in children is an excellent way for students to understand more about their habits, feelings, and behaviors. Often, educators tend to focus on the outwardly expressed actions of the learners rather than helping children to effectively understand the root of their […]

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  • October 24th is the 20th Anniversary of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities. Have you registered your event? It’s not too late! After this week, the printer can’t guarantee that your posters will arrive before October 24. Register your celebration […]

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  • 5 Tips to Kick off a New School Year with a Bang! The summer is ending, and we are quickly re-acclimating to another school year. As you plan for the 2019–2020 school year, I have a few tips that can help afterschool educators get their new students ready for up-coming school year.  Introductions.   One of the […]

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  • In late 2018, the Connecticut After School Network released its 3rd edition of the Connecticut Quality Self-Assessment Tool (CT-QSAT) to help strengthen after school programs.  A quality program is one that is reflective and willing to improve, change, and grow. It believes in successful outcomes for its participants. It understands that improving program quality is […]

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  • Three Great Movies that Teach Empathy for Middle School Students The right movie can provoke thought, stir our emotions, and spark our curiosity. When a child connects to a film, it can evoke the feeling of empathy better than any lesson ever could. In this blog post, I will provide you with three great movies […]

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  • Developing resilience in children is not an easy endeavor. Each child temperament and ability to cope with adversity may differ. However, an emotionally competent parent or supportive family member is a significant source of helping children strengthen anatomy and willingness to ask for help when necessary. This blog post will explain five ways adults can […]

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