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Stress Affects Children

How Stress Affects Executive Function In Children: What Teachers Need to Know   By Noel Foy, Author of A.B.C. Worry Free   Teaching stressed students and those with executive function deficits and anxiety disorders places additional demands and challenges on teachers. By equipping teachers with information and strategies to decrease classroom stress and boost executive function, teachers have an awesome opportunity…

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School Shutdowns

How Parents Can Best Support Their Children During School Shutdowns With very little warning, many parents or caregivers have a new role they didn’t anticipate filling on such short notice: Homeschool Teacher. By Noel Foy, Author of A.B.C. Worry Free   Globally, schools are shutting down — some for a minimum of 30 days, others indefinitely With very little warning, parents…

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A Comic Book Just for Kids

Exploring the New Coronavirus: A Comic Book Just for Kids This creative comic book informs kids about the coronavirus in a way that makes sense to them. It also teaches them not to be scared but smart, with simple actions they can take daily to protect themselves and others from getting sick. Such a cool idea from Malaka Gharib (@malakagharib…

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Coronavirus Policy 2020

National for Center for Youth Issues is taking the Coronavirus seriously.   We are extending the following precautions to be used in our state-level and district-level conferences and events to keep attendees safe: 1) Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the conference spaces. 2) Attendees will be discouraged from shaking hands or hugging and will, instead, be encouraged to…

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Why Feelings Matter

Why Feelings Matter The first line of my new children’s book, Marcy’s Having All the Feels is, “Marcy wanted to be happy. Happy is all she wanted to be.” I would guess that most of us feel very similar to Marcy. We want to feel happy, confident, and excited and when we don’t, we rush to change our situation or…

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Promoting Growth Mindset

Promoting Growth Mindset Cultures Can Help Kids Find Their Inner Hero By Lisa King: School Counselor, Speaker, and Author of “Be Your Own Hero.”   When I first heard Carol Dweck’s TED Talk, I felt like she came out of the screen and grabbed me. Not literally, but go with me here. Her words about the ‘power of yet’ and…

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Surviving Back-to-School Behavior

We know what you’re thinking… “How will my students act after a long winter break? According to the Responsive Classroom, “more fidgety, more talkative, and more restless,” are all behaviors you will see in your classroom on the first week back to school—but don’t hit the door running too soon. Here are three strategies you can use to get your…

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Why are our teens so angry?

Why Are Our Teens So Angry? – Emotions in Disguise – By Janet M Bender, M.Ed. Did you know that a recent Harvard study revealed that an alarming 1 in 12 teens has an anger disorder? In fact, angry feelings turned inward (toxic, suicidal) or outward (spiteful, hostile), create a perfect storm for harmful behaviors among today’s youth and in…

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3 Major Challenges

3 Major Challenges School Children of Low-income Households Experience During Holiday Breaks   Winter break should be a joyful time for all children, but for low-income households, it can be a challenging few weeks without the support and structure school provides. Here are three major challenges for children in low-income households to be mindful of during the holidays.    …

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Why You Should Say No to FOMO

Why You Should Say No to FOMO   Confession: I have terrible FOMO. I thought I might have grown out of it by now, but at 24, I still haven’t been able to shake the feeling of needing to say yes to every plan, party, coffee or drinks meetup that comes my way. When I am invited somewhere, it is…

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You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See   “I fought really hard to get here,” she said with tears filling her eyes. “I’m in my first internship and not only am I the only woman there, but I’m the only person of color. I don’t belong in this field.” I sat across the auditorium, stunned by this statement from a…

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The Importance of Reading Aloud with Children of All Ages

The Importance of Reading Aloud with Children of All Ages   “The single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children,” stressed Becoming a Nation of Readers, a report by the Commission on Reading. The Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children recommended three key practices to support…

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