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Combatting Social Isolation: It Starts With Hello

Start With Hello Call-to-Action Week: February 8 – 12, 2016

At every school and in every community there are children who feel like they have no friends and quietly suffer through each day – especially at lunchtime, recess and other moments where friends gather together. (more…)

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Boredom is NOT a 4-Letter Word

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
– Dorothy Parker

Boredom, it seems, has become a 4-letter word in many households with children. Apparently, boredom in children is a fate that many fear more than a bad FICA score or bathing suit season. To remedy this fact, many kids are plugged-in and given activities to do every second of the day. No stone is left unturned in the quest to keep kids entertained and to stop them from uttering the words that strike fear into the hearts of many: “I’m bored!” (more…)

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Another Successful Year of Breakfast in the Classroom

It’s mid-morning in the classroom. One student has just walked in late. Another child’s stomach grumbles loudly. Yet another student raises her hand and asks to go to the nurse – she has a headache and stomachache. The students are fidgety, and many of them aren’t able to concentrate on the lesson. While there could be many reasons for the feelings in the classroom this morning, one thing might explain it all – hunger. (more…)

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7 Habits of a Healthy Educator

With each school year comes the chance to be proactive about your health. You can fight off chronic low energy, constant sniffles and stress headaches before they pull you under. In fact, not having a plan for maintaining your health while pouring passion into your profession will leave you fried by spring, says Mike Anderson, author of The Well-Balanced Teacher. (more…)

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Improving Schools, Improving Lives Begins with Dismantling Institutional Racism

The National Education Association (NEA) is guided by the mantra “A Great Public School for Every Student,” while NEA Healthy Futures is committed to “Improving Schools, Improving Lives.” Each motto offers the vison of a society where all students have equal access and opportunity to lead successful lives. Unfortunately, the fact remains; the journey to achieving this success is mired by pitfalls and potholes that have permeated this society for far too long. (more…)

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Build Resilience in 9 Simple Steps

Learn how to get through rough patches and bounce back quickly with proven ways to build your resiliency skills.

When you’re an educator, you have to be on your toes 100 percent of the time—even when things don’t go as planned. You may not be able to avoid or prevent setbacks, but you don’t have to let them derail your goals. Resilient educators can roll with the punches to get through rough patches and bounce back quickly. (more…)