Inspiration ARCHIVE

  • The Wallace Foundation has posted a very important study on the effects of voluntary district run summer learning programs on low-income urban youth. The study incorporated five school districts—Boston; Dallas; Duval County, Florida; Pittsburgh; and Rochester, New York—and assessed their effects on more than 3,000 students. This long term study has followed a group of students […]

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  • Captain’s Log — Stardate: September 8, 2016 Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the premier of the original “Star Trek” television series. This long lasting sci-fi franchise is responsible for spurring the imagination of millions of people, myself among them. As a child I could imagine nothing better than racing past the stars at warp speed. […]

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  • Are your children prepared to have a successful academic year? Better yet, are you prepared to support their transition back to school? No worries because Edutopia has provided plenty of resources on how parents can help their children physically and mentally get back in the swing of things. That includes: tips on developing positive morning […]

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  • The upcoming fall 2016 school year represents a generally challenging transition for students everywhere. After months of recreational freedom, educators often struggle to get their students back in an academic frame of mind for the first few weeks. Fortunately, Edutopia has comprised a list of tips educators can use to interact with their students prior to the […]

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  • By now you’ve heard about and perhaps even played the latest internet craze known as Pokémon Go! Although the app was just released in early July 2016, it has completely captured the attention of youth and adults alike, quickly becoming a global phenomenon. While enthusiasts argue the game encourages kids to get outside and socialize […]

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  • It’s called the great pacific garbage patch. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the problems our oceans face with plastic so I’m not going to quote statistics or show you horrible pictures.  Instead I’m going to show you something positive that is taking place. A creation of a 21 year old student named […]

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  • The definition of bullying is, “the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants“. Based on this definition it seems like everyone has been bullied.  When it affects our own children that’s when we tend to need it to be stopped in its […]

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  • Making your next trip to the beach enjoyable as well as educational for your children is easier than you think. It’s just a matter of exploring and making use of the beach’s natural environment. The beach can be a fun atmosphere to practice or revisit a variety of skills and subjects including: math, science, geography, […]

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  • Did you know that Connecticut sent  55 winning students from the Connecticut Invention Convention to the National Convention and tied with Ohio for the most awards received?  Makes you proud.  A 14 year old Southington student won the National award.  Lucca Riccio invented the “message mask” that took the top honor.  That peaks your curiosity, […]

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  • Fathers make important contributions to their kids’ development—and do so in ways that are different from mother’s contributions. Fathers are more likely to use advanced language around young kids, which promotes vocabulary development. Fathers also tend to prioritize rough-and-tumble play, letting kids explore, and playing more than caretaking, which establish independence and positive social skills. […]

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