• Home Schooling

    Public and private school teachers choose to homeschool own children

    Amanda Hoerschelman used to teach 75 children a day. As a 5th-grade public school teacher in Texas and Georgia, she had a revolving door of 10- and 11-year-olds. She loved teaching and her students but knew they weren’t getting the one-on-one attention they needed. Still, when Hoerschelman had her eldest daughter Ava, she didn’t think twice about sending her to a brick and mortar. That all changed when the family moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, with their 5-day-old daughter Autumn in tow. The plan was Hoerschelman would go back to teaching, but the family ran into trouble finding daycare so she decided to stay home and give her daughters the individualized…

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  • Education

    Nationwide education program promotes confidence, positivity in children

    It may take a village “to raise a child to be their best selves,” but educator Emi Gittleman and her team at Get Empowered are up for the task.  The organization – which manifests the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” – is working to empower children in different communities around the nation through arts and education.   ARMY VETERAN TO REPRESENT TEAM USA IN TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES: ‘IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE’ The idea was formed about six years ago after Gittleman – who has been an educator for over two decades – saw how her students were struggling with learning and…

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  • Online School

    Free, Online School Offered To 200 Children In Iowa

    Waterford Upstart, the early education program run by nonprofit Waterford.org, will be offered to 200 children in need in Iowa for the first time. Applications are open now for families of all backgrounds, but the spots are limited. Kim Fischer the national spokesperson, said the program focuses on Iowans who don’t have access to brick and mortar schools due to things like cost, transportation or language barriers. “Those are the children we want to reach. So truly, it is about finding the children that don’t have access and giving them this access to early education,” Fischer said. The organization will go to areas around the state to try to find…

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    How to Homeschool Children with ADHD: Organization Advice

    Q: “We’ve decided to homeschool our two children (10 and 13) for the new school year and I want to try to get a jump on setting up our classroom. I’m not very organized (I’m the one with ADHD!) and don’t know where to start. I have one room set aside for homeschooling but want to also use other rooms for projects or science experiments. I have bins for storing supplies and materials but that’s it for now. Thanks!” — ADHDHomeSchoolMom Hi ADHDHomeSchoolMom: For homeschooling families, getting ready for back-to-school goes WAY beyond a trip to the local office store for brand new notebooks and binders. Curriculum materials need to…

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    After homeschooling due to the pandemic, some families plan to send their children back to school in person in the fall | Local

    Some families decided to homeschool their children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they plan to enroll — or reenroll — them in local schools for the 2021-22 school year. Before the start of this school year, less was known about COVID-19, vaccines weren’t yet available, and there was an expectation that students may move between in-person, hybrid and virtual instruction throughout the year, which became a reality for many. After considering those factors, some families decided to homeschool indefinitely, but now plan to send their children back to school in person in the fall. Sara McElroy said she and her husband, Clint, never envisioned themselves homeschooling their children, Ruby,…

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  • Online School

    OPINION: Ontario’s ‘choice’ of fully online school would gamble on children for profit

    For children, fully online learning creates the conditions for further educational inequality, prof says This article, written by Lana Parker, University of Windsor, originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission: Despite the lack of data documenting benefits to children, and emerging evidence of several drawbacks and harms, the Ontario government is discussing making full-time online schooling a permanent “choice” in public education. This idea is being introduced without adequate research, and stands to become the latest measure that raises inequality and threatens the viability of education as a public good. The Globe and Mail obtained an Ontario Ministry of Education presentation dated March 22, 2021, detailing…

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  • Education

    Hungary’s poor Roma children struggle with digital education

    BODVASZILAS, Hungary (AP) — Mihaly Horvath, a 12-year-old in a village in northeastern Hungary, can’t wait for his school to reopen. As a devastating COVID-19 surge swept Hungary in the spring, classes were suspended and students were ordered to study online. But Mihaly’s family, part of Hungary’s large Roma minority, doesn’t have a computer or internet access at their home in Bodvaszilas, and he says he’s falling behind in his lessons as a result. “Some students have telephones, some have computers. But there are others like me who don’t have either,” he said from the yard of a dilapidated house where he lives with nine other family members. “It’s more…

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