March 2019

  • March is National Nutrition Month®. You can find tips and activities for children, teenagers, and adults on the Choose My Plate website.
  • Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s new surgeon general, plans to make childhood mental health a priority. Learn how she plans to help children experiencing trauma in this article by California Healthline.
  • California Senator Nancy Skinner is reintroducing bill SB 419 to Legislature. The intention of the bill is to ban suspensions of students in all grades for “defiant and disruptive” behavior. Learn more about SB 419 and its history here.
  • Sesame Workshop and NPR have collaborated to offer a new podcast called Life Kit. The podcast explores how to have difficult conversations with children in positive ways. Topics include talking about death, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and more.
  • Providing children with musical experiences at a young age can help shape brain development and build family relationships. Visit the Child Development Institute website to learn more.
  • Beth Long of the United States Department of Education shares five tips parents can use to support their child’s interest in books and reading skills.
  • The Los Angeles County Office of Education partnered with other organizations to host an event for promoting STEM careers among female students. To read more, click here.
  • Grace Tatter of Usable Knowledge reports on research findings from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero, which looked at how preschool and kindergarten students learn to be citizens.

February 2019

  • Safe Kids Worldwide offers a podcast series for parents called The Parent Pep Talk. Each podcast features advice and tips from professionals, parents, and teenagers.
  • Katrina Schwartz of KQED Mind/Shift reports on a new style of grading that focuses more on a student’s ability to demonstrate they have learned concepts, rather than on behaviors like completing homework on time or participating in class discussions. Read more here.
  • Schools have seen an increase in student depression, stress, and suicide attempts. In order to meet the mental health needs of students, schools need better access to resources. Visit the EdSource website to read more.
  • ABC news reports on how a little girl who was born deaf has brought her Newton, Massachusetts community together to learn American Sign Language so that she can feel connected to her neighborhood.
  • Mari-Jane Williams shares six ways that parents can help children find a balance between time spent using screens, and time spent away from them in her article for the Washington Post.
  • Consistent feelings of anger or irritability can be a sign of depression. This article explores how anger is connected to depression, and why it is important to ask for help.
  • Encouraging children to participate in art, music, or dramatic play activities can improve academic success. This article from PBS explores inexpensive and simple ways to promote creativity at home.
  • Heather Riley and Youki Terada share ideas for supporting the brain development and learning of children affected by trauma on the Edutopia website.
  • The California School Dashboard is an online tool parents, teachers, and community members can use to track the performance, progress, and needs of public schools. Watch this video to learn more.
  • Financial planner Ellen Rogin talks about how children develop concepts about money, and how parents can help children develop a healthy and positive attitude about finances in this TED video.
  • Learn three ways to help your child develop a positive attitude towards learning math skills in this article by Great Schools.
  • When children develop compassion, they are also learning about empathy and building social skills. Shauna Tominey shares five ways parents can support their children in developing compassion on the KQED Mind/Shift website.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more teenagers are using electronic cigarettes, or vaping. Learn how to talk to your teenager about the dangers of vaping in this article by Monica Foley of the Child Development Institute.
  • Carol Lloyd shares five breakfast ideas that are easy to make and give your child a healthy start to the day.
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count will take place February 15th to the 18th. Click here to learn how you and your child can participate in creating a record of where various bird species can be found.
  • Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week from February 18th to the 22nd. Discover ideas for acts of kindness here.
  • Lisa Damour offers guidance for how adults can help teenagers learn to manage social conflicts in healthy ways in this New York Times article.
  • Patricia Jennings, author of the book The Trauma Sensitive Classroom, shares three ways educators can be supportive to children who are facing adversity in this essay for the Greater Good Magazine.

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