Quality ARCHIVE

  • This is a short video produced by the Atlantic magazine that talks about new research that has been going on over the past 10 years on the link of early childhood trauma and ongoing adult mental health issues.  Earlier discoveries have lead the way to earlier social interventions in healthcare, early education, and family intervention. […]

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  • Are you  looking for new, engaging activities that spur young people’s imagination and creativity? The Boston Children’s Museum has just completed a new set of NASA-inspired challenges, accessible from the museum’s updated Beyond the Chalkboard website! We need your help! If you would be willing to try out 5 of these NASA-inspired activities with your […]

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  • My students love math if you could believe it or not. During homework time many will ask for me to create practice problems for them to solve. I started to run out of ideas off the top of my head and started to search the internet for helpful resources. I found a couple of websites […]

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  • In Part One of The Power Struggle, I focused on tips to empower educators in building their self-awareness during or before a potential power struggle. In Part Two, I will briefly review the functions of behaviors and how students use them to satisfy their personal needs. We often fall into behavior traps because we are […]

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  • My students are always excited to do science experiments, especially because they don’t have the chance to do experiments during the school day. We will often use this book called Candy Experiments when doing a science activity with the students.

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  • When students are dismissed from school and arrive to your program what is the first thing you notice? Give up? The amount of energy they have! The first category of resources I want to share is for physical activity. These students have been sitting at a desk for most of the day receiving a very […]

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  • Part 1: Awareness Does this sound familiar? Educator: “You are always interrupting my program by making by silly fart noises. Cut it out.” Student: “You’re always blaming me for stuff I didn’t even do.” Educator: “It is you. Stop or be kicked out.” Student: “My mom said you shouldn’t be yelling. You’re not a teacher. […]

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  • Being a director for a morning and aftercare program is no easy task. The children always have a ton of energy and it is the responsibility of you and your staff to keep them engaged in activities from the moment they arrive to your program to the moment they leave; sounds easy but it most […]

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  • Thinking about how to support middle school OST? The New York Life Foundation has opened a new Aim High grant opportunity focused on middle school. Aim High will provide $1.95M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. A total of 18 grant awards will be made nationwide—take […]

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  • Little Details Matter At the age of 15, I started working as a camp counselor at a local community center in Bridgeport, CT.  I was a drill sergeant back then.  My girls stood in a straight line like soldiers and followed my lead, although other counselors struggled to maintain control over their campers.  Having an […]

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