January 2018

  • Youki Terada of Edutopia reports on twelve studies from 2017 that every educator should know about. Click here to read the article.
  • Richard Louv writes about the value of taking a break from technology for a few days. Read about the benefits on the Children and Nature Network website.
  • Male educators serve as important role models for boys. In this article, Josh Brown talks about his experiences as a teacher, and he offers suggestions for encouraging more young men to become educators.
  • It is best to get your flu shot before flu season, but even getting it as late as January can help. Click here to read more about the benefits of the flu vaccine.
  • The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is in the process of changing the requirements for special education teachers in order to improve the quality of instruction children receive. To read more on these changes, click here.
  • Connecting children with nature inspires them to be curious and improves their learning. Ruth Wilson shares her ideas for nature learning in this article.
  • John Fensterwald has gathered a summary of education laws and issues that could be changed this year. To read his summary and predictions, visit the EdSource website.
  • On Monday, January 15th, people will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and his contribution to the civil rights movement. Children will also be learning about him at school. If your child wants to learn more, you can visit your local library and choose a book from this book list.

December 2017

  • Laura Markham, Ph.D., writes about how important it is for parents to make connections with children every day because daily connections build strong relationships. Read her tips for ways to make daily connections by clicking here.
  • In The Washington Post, Karen MacPherson writes about how books with women as the main character can help girls feel more empowered. Click here to read her suggestions for books that can help girls build a stronger sense of self.
  • Child Trends has posted an interview with Kristen L. Bub, Ed.D., from the University of Illinois. She discusses the importance of routines in preparing young children for school. To watch the video in English or Spanish, click here.
  • Lee Romney and Daniel J. Willis report on why 1 in every 10 California students is chronically absent, and how it affects their success in school. To read more, visit the EdSource website.
  • National Education Association (NEA) author Cindy Long talked with Deborah L. Feldman about the stories she and her colleagues collected from students who dropped out of school. Read about the reasons why students dropped out here.
  • On the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s website, Usable Knowledge, you can find a collection of recent articles and research about how educators and parents can support teenagers who are experiencing anxiety. Click here to read more.
  • Read about how Shawna Begay and Charmaine Jackson, two Native American women, have designed a new character for Sesame Street. The new puppet, Nanabah, is a Native American who speaks the Navajo language, Diné. Read more about how they plan to preserve their native language with Nanabah here.
  • Visit the EdSource website to read about how pro sports teams are helping to promote science and math learning at local schools.
  • Brad Wilcox and Timothy G. Morrison write about the importance of reading aloud. Children learn motivation, vocabulary, language and print concepts, and develop their attention span when an adult reads out loud to them. To read more, click here.
  • Children who are developing into adolescents often struggle with low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Click here to read how the group Mental Health First Aid is training teachers on how to support the mental health of their students.
  • U.S. News reports on how the way technology is being used at home by children is the new digital divide. To read more, click here.
  • Holly Korbey of Edutopia writes about how a Colorado school is taking steps to build relationships with children. These relationships encourage better behavior and help children feel more connected to the school. To read about their program, and watch a video, click here.
  • Deciding when your child can have a smart phone is a difficult decision. On NPR’s program All Things Considered, two parents share how they made their decision. To read or listen to the episode, click here.
  • Many public school teachers are using flexible seating in their classroom. Katrina Schwartz of KQED Mind/Shift shares this advice from teachers.
  • Daniel T. Willingham of the New York Times writes about reading comprehension and how it is affected by the knowledge of facts. To read more, click here.
  • Vicki Davis shares her “9 Key P’s” of teaching digital citizenship to students on the Edutopia website. Click here to read more.

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125th Anniversary

In 2016, CHS celebrated 125 years of building brighter tomorrows for children and families. Founded in 1891 as an adoption agency, CHS has continued to adapt to the changing needs of the community. Today, CHS is a thriving agency that strives to reach out to children and families at risk to provide a wide array of services to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

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