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What's Real and What's Not: How to Teach Children to get Beyond fake news

Posted by Mary Fran Torpey on Mar 17, 2017 3:00:00 PM

In today’s media landscape, it seems more important than ever to analyze where information is coming from, whether it is accurate, and how to respond to it. There’s a growing anxiety about fake news and its influence on us and our children. Is there any information we can trust? Let’s take a moment to take a deep breath. If we build and reinforce good basic media literacy skills, for ourselves and for our children, we shouldn’t have to worry about falling prey to fake news.

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Topics: Internet, News, questions, Fake News, Child Education

How to Beat College Application Deadlines: An Expert Weighs In

Posted by Grant Calder on Jan 27, 2017 4:15:00 PM

In January and February, a number of colleges contact high school college counselors with headings such as “Scholarships still available at ____ University” or “We’ve extended our deadline!” In fact, I’ve received some in the last few days. 
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Topics: Insider, College, College Rankings

MLK Day of Service - A celebration in Photos

Posted by Lisa D'Orazio on Jan 20, 2017 4:15:00 PM


Each year, Friends’ Central School honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in hours of meaningful community service projects. This year, over 300 students, parents, and alumni/ae participated in MLK Day, making it a true “Day On” for the Friends’ Central community.

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Experts agree: Kids need fiction to succeed in school and life

Posted by Lydia Martin on Jan 13, 2017 3:23:35 PM

"Reading lets you slow down and get perspective, and gives you the ability to get in somebody else's shoes, two things that are invaluable to me." President Obama

A growing body of research concludes that when kids read fiction, worlds open! When children relax into reading a good story, they lose themselves and are swept into a different world. This is a quiet and enjoyable pastime, but little do kids realize, it is so much more. 

Children who read or listen to stories realize cognitive and imaginative benefits. They learn to interpret and infer information in important ways. A story comes to them with holes they will fill in with their imaginations. What does a character look like? Why is a character behaving that way? Over time, these readers are increasing their understanding of human behavior.
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Topics: critical thinking, reading, cognition, why read?

Maker Education: What's it all about?

Posted by Kelly Pierre on Jan 6, 2017 12:37:00 PM

Maker Education is part of an educational revolution that empowers students and positions them to engage and take responsibility. Our world faces urgent environmental and social issues, and if we want to prepare our students to affect change, we need to instill in them an alertness to these conditions and a sense of confidence that they can create solutions to solve them.

Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” --John Dewey

To feel meaningful and important to students, Maker Education can’t be done in isolation; it must be fully and truly integrated into the program and curriculum of a school. It is a framework for thinking and learning - one that does not assume there is one expert or one correct way to find an answer.

In the end, Maker Education is not about the cardboard, the 3D printer, the computer, or the dremel. It is about the way these objects, and makerspaces in general, are catalysts for excellent teaching and learning. It engenders a way of thinking and a way of approaching learning.

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Topics: Maker Education