The start of a new school year has many parents on the lookout for the latest illnesses swirling around the classroom. Here are six common, infectious illnesses to watch for, along with tips on how your child can avoid catching or spreading them. >>
Between a sagging economy and the increased use of handheld technology, the last few years have not been the Golden Age of Publishing. Rather than further dismiss the industry – my industry – I am here to offer some hope. >>
A growing number of free tutoring services are popping up online for kids, making the process of getting help with tough subjects like math or science more convenient. Here's a look at some of the sites and some local in-person tutoring services. >>
A new report finds widely varying high school graduation rates for students with specific learning disabilities and recommends against making tracking decisions for these students as early as elementary school. >>
Get bored packing the same old things for lunch? Your kids are probably just as bored eating them. Here are some fun and easy ideas to bring some creativity to school lunches and satisfy even the picky eaters. >>
Trying to broaden your parenting skills, or understand the way your child learns and behaves? Check out the parent education workshops, lectures and programs available this month in various Eastern Massachusetts locations. >>
Current research tells us that high-quality early education and care can greatly benefit young children’s development. A positive early learning experience is an important starting point for later years in elementary school and beyond. >>
It's the time of year when parents are looking into preschool for their young children. Preschools in eastern Massachusetts are hosting open houses and offering tours. Here are some tips on selecting the right school for your child. >>
Have you ever wondered where to go for the best ice cream? Maybe you're searching for a new pediatrician? Or you want to try a different restaurant for dinner? Perhaps you're shopping for a party dress or suit for a special event.? >>
Angered by the Phoebe Prince bullying case, Swampscott resident Megan Kelley Hall reached out to fellow young adult fiction authors to ask them to share experiences with bullying, either as a victim, an aggressor, or a person silent on the sidelines. >>
The best children’s books of all time – stories that will excite your kids and remain in their memories for years to come. This list represents the views of parents, children’s literature experts and our own readers. >>
Eric Kimmel is the award-winning author of more than 50 books, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. In this interview with the PJ Library in western Massachusetts, Kimmel talks about writing, getting kids to read and the future of books. >>
Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day debuted 50 years ago and changed children's literature forever. It was the first time an African American child was depicted in a children's picture book. Here's a closer look at this classic. >>
Schools are now required to make "reasonable" modifications that would allow students with special needs to participate in after-school sports, under new guidelines issued by the federal government. >>
Years after federal law began requiring that kids with special needs be taught in the least restrictive environment possible, the idea of full inclusion in the classroom still divides us. Here’s a look at whether full inclusion is working. >>
Some Massachusetts high schools -- including the communities of Beverly and Burlington -- are equipping students with laptops and iPads to enrich their learning experiences and prepare them for a world steeped in technology. >>
Mo Willems' beloved pigeon, from his children's book series about a very persistent bird, turns 10 this year – as in 10 years in print. Learn more about this literary giant among young children with our exclusive interview. >>
I'm glad to see some reporting on the biological effects on individuals especially students in school. There is substantial evidence of serious harm from radiation emanating from routers and other devices; business appears only interested in marketing these devices for schools but has been negligent as far as safety or even educational value.
Currently, there is a ballot initiative (current petition 15-33) to create an expert commission to evaluate and address health and safety risks--this needs support to move forward (see www.meetup.com/healove). The site had additional materials available to help address the issue.
Thank you, Mr. Spero and Ms. Rees for this article! Ashland Public Schools has adopted Best Practices for Mobile Devices to start putting distance between students/staff and the devices/routers/access points in our schools. Senator Karen Spilka has introduced MA S.1222: An Act creating a special commission to study the health impacts of electromagnetic fields. While it may take a while for an outcome from the State, there is much you can do to keep your loved ones safe right now as Ms. Rees explains. I have taken those precautions myself in our home to limit radiation exposure. Those wishing to know more are welcome to look at the in-depth research I've gathered: https://sites.google.com/site/understandingemfs/home. Thank you!