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Back-to-school night basics

Back-to-school nights are a time of year when parents get to meet their child’s teacher. It allows parents to meet the person who will be with their child throughout the school year and for teachers to make connections with the parents. We asked local educators …

Forward thinking for a bright future: Education for children with learning disabilities

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Many children with distinctive needs have a hard time finding the right fit in a traditional academic setting. Given the right environment and support, children with learning disabilities have the opportunity to thrive, build character and learn at school. Backed by first-rate educators, alongside involved …

Private school funding

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All parents want a top-notch education for their child and many consider private or independent schools as the best option. Often, these schools come with a hefty price tag. For parents that would like to send their children to private school but might need assistance …

Applying for private schools

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Applying to a private school doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Experts and education professionals have weighed in and offered up their tips and sage advice on a silver platter with the hopes of helping parents sail through the ins and outs of the …

Schaumburg Institute for Literacy Enrichment to offer K-8 reading courses at Roosevelt University

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Roosevelt University is starting a Saturday reading enrichment series in January at the Schaumburg Campus that will provide more opportunities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade to obtain the skills they need to excel in reading and writing. The new Schaumburg Institute for Literacy …

Schools at the head of the technology class

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Most parents remember what it was like to get new-fangled technology equipment in their classroom — white boards instead of chalkboards and computers instead of electric typewriters, for example. This fall, accessibility to innovative gear and tools will spark learning and get students excited about …

How to encourage kids to read

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Reading can have a profound impact on a child’s life in and out of the classroom. Reading can help a young student develop a more extensive vocabulary, and a study from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics found that reading to young …

The importance of sports recovery

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Got an athlete in the house? Whether she is hitting the soccer field or he’s going for it on the gridiron, what happens post-practice or after a game is just as important as the workout on the field. Allowing muscles to recover properly is essential …

The Final Countdown: Reflections from seniors, teachers, faculty on the end of the school year

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The school year is wrapping up and seniors are preparing for graduation. They are reflecting on their experience and taking in sage advice from their peers, teachers, coaches and members of the Loyola Academy community. Brimming with excitement during her final weeks of high school, …

Proactive, musical kids support Down syndrome research

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In America, around one in 800 babies are born with Down syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality caused by a cell division that results in an additional 21st chromosome. The majority of people living with Down syndrome have cognitive delays ranging from mild to severe. Down Syndrome …

Transitioning from high school to college (North Shore)

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The school year is wrapping up; high school seniors are enjoying their last few weeks as the big fish in a small pond. They’ll be moving on to bigger and better waters — college. The time in between — summer — will be one of …

Study abroad enrichment trips for high school students

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Study abroad expeditions are some of the most exciting summer opportunities. For 46 years, Summer Discovery (www.summerdiscovery.com) and Discovery Internships (www.discoveryinternships.com) have offered pre-college enrichment and summer internship programs for high school students in the U.S., England, Italy, Spain and China. In a supervised setting …

Women in science seek to bridge gender gap

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When the high school class of 2014 graduates from college in five years, more than 8 million jobs will be available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For students today, STEM is their future. Innovations driven by STEM are shaping today’s …

Volunteerism develops culture of empathy, sincerity

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Parents have a tough gig. They are responsible for providing all of the basic needs for their children — a warm and safe home, nourishing sustenance, affection — and they are tasked with the amazing job of shaping their children into happy, healthy and upstanding …

Chicago’s neighborhoods burst with cultural prowess

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Approximately 2.8 million people live in Chicago. A host of cultures bring life to the city with various celebrations, festivals and parades as well as sundry restaurants, markets, small businesses and museums. The enriching diversity of an urban population provides an excellent opportunity for children …

The 529 college savings plan: a holiday gift that keeps giving

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The holiday season is here, and with it comes the quest for the perfect gift. While a trendy toy or must-have gadget might prove popular today, perhaps no gift is more universal and enduring than the gift of education. Shoppers can give that gift by …

Deciding between trade schools or traditional colleges

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Today’s high school students face mounting pressure with respect to their futures. Even high school graduates who do not immediately go to college after graduating face difficult decisions about their futures. For many facing such a decision, the process often involves finding the right college. …

Plan ahead for taking ACT or SAT

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College admissions tests — the ACT and SAT — are a huge part of the college application process. High school counselors typically provide students with the lowdown on when to take these all-important tests. The following is a brief guide to how to register for …

The Parent Connection: What you can do to improve your child's education

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A new study of the American family's passion points from Just Kids, Inc. reveals that most families (45 percent) agree schools and education are their top priority. Yet, parent involvement in their children's education is at an all-time low. "Of all the choices we as …

Smarty pants: Social, emotional and cerebral education for gifted children

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Schools that are designed specifically with the gifted child in mind focus on helping the complete child. Academic achievements are important; however, intellectual abilities are not the only predicting factor for life success. Social and emotional development — work behavior, imagination, personal drive, compassion and …

Status update: Parents keeping tabs on school happenings via social media

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Social media has changed the way people communicate. Whether through tweets or status updates, information shared through social media avenues is often instantaneous and can reach a large number of people, which is why many parents have turned to social media to learn about events at school.

Three simple steps to help parents with homework

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Although they are routinely the first people students ask for homework help, many parents confess they are flummoxed by algebra equations and can’t tell a preposition from a participle. Whether they earned straight As when they were students or not, lack of practice means parents may no longer recall the lessons of their youth.

‘Pioneer Schools’ give a peek at what CPS’s longer school day will look like

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On Monday, when the bell rings in Chicago’s year-round public schools to launch the new year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for a longer day becomes a reality. The Sun-Times looked at 13 participating elementary schools to get an idea of what the typical school can expect.

Scholarship program helps foster youth succeed

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Washington, D.C. — As college costs increase and student loan debt soars, one organization’s unique program helps some of the nation’s most vulnerable young people — those aging out of the foster care system — to attend school without accruing a mountain of debt. The …

Back-to-school organizing tips for students

The start of a new school year is like a fresh box of crayons: full of possibilities. Ginny Bean, mother of three and publisher of Ginny’s catalog, suggests families take advantage of this clean slate by establishing some new organizing routines. Think ahead. Mornings are …

Texting, tweeting lingo creeping into schoolwork

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Students are finding it harder to separate proper English from text and tweet language in school.