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July 25, 2012
Parent blog: School supplies cost how much?
The cost of school supplies is going up. Get some tips on how to save money this year - and also how to help families in need.
July 21, 2012
Ask an Expert: Children and tragedy
How to help your children when tragedy strikes close to home. They often take their cues from you and other adults around them.
July 19, 2012
Voices: Integrating the arts in DPS
A+ Denver’s policy director argues for a renewed focus on arts education and outlines a task force to boost the arts in Denver schools.
July 17, 2012
Voices: Why teachers need tech training
The head of academic achievement at HOPE Online Learning Academy says teachers should not be afraid of technology.
July 11, 2012
Voices: Is Dougco ed war good for kids?
Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, weighs in on what he sees as a diminishing focus on quality education in Douglas County.
July 10, 2012
Parent blog: Hooking kids on civic engagement
A Boulder mom learns what it takes to inspire her kids to be engaged citizens – an aging playground and a train run by beef fat. What about your kids?
July 10, 2012
Voices: NYC school flash mob inspires
Teacher Mark Sass sees a school "flash mob" video as a reminder of how important it is for students to see adults having fun.
July 9, 2012
Parent blog: Hooking kids into civic engagement
A Boulder mom learns what it takes to inspire her kids to be engaged citizens - an aging playground, and a train run by beef fat. What has it taken in your family for your kids to take a stand on something?
July 5, 2012
Charter schools no silver bullet for integration, but a start
The comments posted in response to my recent GothamSchools Q&A on gentrification and schools were very helpful in pushing my thinking, and I greatly appreciate those readers who took the time to engage with my work. For those who read my interview but did not follow the back and forth in the comments section, let me quickly summarize what I heard from readers.
July 3, 2012
Parent blog: Preparing for overnight camp
The EdNews Parent editor learns the hard way how not to prepare your child for his or first overnight camp. Learn from her mistakes.
July 2, 2012
Teachers look to Buddhism to destress
Supporters say programs teaching Buddhist-inspired practices such as mindfulness are helping teachers stay calm and healthy. What do teachers in your district do to de-stress?
June 29, 2012
Voices: Diving deep into SchoolChoice
Researcher Robert Reichardt has taken a close look at data gleaned from Denver's new SchoolChoice process, and he has discerned some interesting trends.
June 27, 2012
Voices: Some "doers" shouldn't teach
English teacher Kate Mulcahy argues that passion for subject matter is less important than a passion for teaching.
June 27, 2012
Ask an Expert: Help with an overweight child
A Colorado mom asks what to do if your daughter is overweight. Should you put her on a diet? Find out what this expert has to say.
June 26, 2012
Ask an Expert: Preparing a child for kindergarten
The founder and a founding teacher of a new Denver charter school give parents some tips on preparing their children for kindergarten.
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