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Many parents assume that the most important time to volunteer at the children’s schools is during elementary school years. If you’re trying to convince parents at your school that it isn’t true, here are four common myths that should strengthen your case.

Despite knowing how detrimental a life of poverty is for children’s developing brains, I never would’ve guessed this. According to one Harvard study, “boys who move into more affluent neighborhoods report higher rates of conduct disorder than their female peers.” If you have students who fit this description, they might require supplemental support services.

Here’s a novel idea. The Write Girl organization in California, a non-profit that helps young women improve their writing and speaking skills, buses their mentors to the students, rather than the other way around. “All the girls receive one-on-one mentoring to work on their writing, speaking skills and academics. This … gives them the confidence to speak up and reach out for help in school, in their relationships and at home.” This looks like an amazing program.

It’s good to see some states making efforts to get more mental health professionals into their schools.

In a randomized, controlled trial that examined the technique known as Responsive Classroom, researchers found that children in classrooms where the technique was fully used scored significantly higher in math and reading tests than students in classrooms where it wasn’t applied.” The program’s website is here.

Keeping in mind that many children and teens are abandoning Facebook in favor of apps like Snapchat, Kik, and Instagram, this article that details a slight correlation between eating disorders and Facebook use is interesting.

Cases like this one are frustrating and disheartening. The school can’t discuss details for legal reasons, so the public’s knowledge of the incident is strictly one sided.

I live in North Carolina, so I found this article about recent changes made by our Republican controlled legislature an interesting read (note: comes by way of Diane Ravitch’s blog).

Schools are already grossly over-loaded with mandates, and I can’t imagine there’s really time available to teach a narrow topic like the ability to recognize the symptoms of stroke. But this is still a brilliant idea. And you can’t beat free. Maybe something to suggest to parents?

From Chicago, to Georgia, to Southern California, a new social media application is causing problems on middle school and high school campuses across the United States.” Because schools don’t already have enough to worry about. It’s good to see the app’s developers taking a proactive approach, though. “One of the things we were planning to do is to essentially geo-sense every high school and middle school in America … and it will disable it and the app won’t work.”

I’ll conclude this (very long) post, with this link, which talks about the new, younger breed of Technorati who, frequently developing top-notch apps while still in high school, are faced with new wealth and difficult decisions to make about their futures.

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