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Fresh Start to a New School Year: Educators!

It’s time to welcome students back to school! These are exciting times! A new school year is a FRESH START for everyone, but especially kids—a blank slate to define who they are and to set goals for this new chapter. Some kids may be making the transition from elementary to middle, which can be a big step. All kids will be making new friends and connecting with peers they haven’t seen all summer, allowing for new experiences, opportunities, and choices.

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April is Alcohol Responsibility Month, which is the perfect time to talk with kids about saying “NO” to underage drinking. As we settle into spring, these conversations have never been more important—and they are working! Underage drinking rates are at historically low levels. And together, we hope to keep them moving in the right direction.

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The Principal’s Role in Student Success

One essential partner in schools that can tie these efforts together is school administrators. These educators are such an important part of establishing a school culture that fosters development. So from all of us to you: THANK YOU, PRINCIPALS.

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Teaching in a New Normal

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week though it might not feel like it.    After years of running my own blog, an educational consulting business, and freelancing, I had no plans to return to teaching. However, a strange twist of fate landed me back in the classroom this past fall and suddenly I found myself welcoming the challenge of...

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Take a Brain Break with the Hippocampus

Hi! I’m the Hippocampus, and I am the Sportscaster for the BRAIN POWER team. Hippocampus is Greek for “seahorse,” which is perfect for me, as you can see from my shape. Just like when you watch a sporting event, the sportscaster is responsible for making the event spectacular—evoking emotions and...

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Distance Learning from Ask, Listen, Learn and Our Partners

More and more schools across the country are shifting to online learning options to support the efforts to “flatten the curve.” As our world changes, educators and organizations large and small are trying to get educational resources to kids at home; so far the outpouring of support and care has...

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Take A Brain Break with the Cerebellum

Hey there, everybody. I’m the cerebellum—I am small, but I’m also mighty! Think of me as the point guard of a basketball team. In fact, I’m small and round—like a basketball. I’m made up of two halves—just like a basketball GAME. I’m a proud member of the BRAIN POWER team,...

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