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Posted April 11, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why STEM Is Important NOW

The U.S. Government is making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education a national priority. President Obama and the Department of Education have detailed the issues of STEM education, and have concrete goals and actions in place to fix these problems. The lack of STEM education in our country, proven by numbers, figures and data, has led to tangible initiatives to improve these areas of study. And in this country, political initiatives are backed by one very important factor: Money. Although education policy and budgeting isn’t the most interesting news to look out for, it is time to start paying ...

Posted April 10, 2014, 11 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Helping Teens Deal with College Rejection

Years ago, when parents told their teens that a letter had arrived from the college admissions office, the immediate question would be “thick or thin”? A thick envelope meant “acceptance” and a “thin” one unfortunately meant rejection. While many schools have gone environmentally friendly and send out their initial decision letters online, there is nothing friendly about finding out that the college you are really into is just not that into you. Rejection hurts, especially when a teen has worked hard and has a strong desire to attend a particular school. How Parents Can Help with College Rejection How can ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 3:13 p.m. by Main Contact | View Comments
Community Service and Summer: Steps to College

The simple fact is that colleges want good citizens. That's why high school community service is an important factor for college admissions. And there are places where teenage volunteers can make a difference, in their own towns and around the world. // Summer Service Programs Many summer community service programs for teens are based in impoverished or rural areas in the United States or Third World countries. They vary in size but usually include 12 to 25 students. Service in these sorts of programs typically involves different projects: physical work (construction of schools, clean up, restoration); teaching; working with underserved ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 3:07 p.m. by Stephen Friedfeld | View Comments
Parents of Rising Freshmen: Start the College Admissions Process Now

It’s never too early for you and your child to start thinking about college admissions. In reality, most freshmen and sophomores consider college to be far off, and don’t get serious until it’s too late. But the right time to start seriously thinking about college is now. Download What can you and your child do to get a head start in the college admissions process? Prepare your class schedule in advance. Even as early as freshman year (or eighth grade), college-bound students should think strategically about the classes that they want to take in their junior and senior years. If ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 2:55 p.m. by Jill Suskind | View Comments
Money Management Strategies for Teens

Let’s take the “haphazard” out of our teens’ money management habits. Many of us learned our money habits piecemeal, rather than as a whole system with all parts working together. As a teenager, when the occasion arose to contribute to charity, I sometimes donated some of my own money. When I wanted to save for something expensive, I would put all my money toward that thing until I bought it. When I needed to buy something and I had enough money, I bought it. Money management for me was completely based on my emotions. Does that sound familiar? The problem ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 2:43 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
10 College Readiness Tips

It’s time to get your college readiness plan in high gear for your high school seniors. It is never too early to start planning ahead! Here are 10 tips to get you through the beginning of the year: Push tough senior year schedules. Make sure your child’s schedule is rigorous and does not have more than one core subject missing from last year. Make sure core passions continue through school programs. It’s not too late to make course shifts. Arrange campus tours. All colleges host open houses and special events this fall. Visit a campus with your child. Or send ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 2:38 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
What You Should Know About Executive Functioning

Have you ever wondered exactly what executive functioning means? “Executive functioning” is a phrase you’ve probably heard. It’s a big one in the fields of education and psychology. Even if no educator or helping professional has ever mentioned this to you personally, you’ve probably overheard the phrase in one of those places where parents congregate, from the playground to the high school games’ bleachers. Philip David Zelazo of the University of Minnesota, a leading expert in executive functions, defines them as "the deliberate, goal-directed control of behavior." And to channel that behavior, in essence, it means a person must have ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 1 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
The Harsh Reality of Teens Texting and Driving

U Drive. U Text. U Pay. That’s the theme of a much-needed TV commercial created by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). It is a commercial every teen and every driver should pay attention to. Chances Are Your Teen Texts and Drives The huge number of teens who drive while distracted by their cell phones is frightening. Distraction.gov, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, reveals the startling statistic that more than 70 percent of teens and young adults have sent or read a text while driving. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 69 percent of ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 12:42 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Admission Rates Decline Again at Most Elite Colleges

As the college admissions season dies down, statistics have been released about the newest accepted college classes. The data is disheartening—elite schools accept fewer and fewer qualified students each year. Again, following the same trend, the 2014 admissions season was the harshest and most competitive year yet. Download Most Competitive Year Yet For the second year in a row, Stanford University had the lowest admission rate among the top colleges—about 5%. Only slightly higher were Harvard and Yale at 6 percent acceptance, Columbia and Princeton at 7 percent, and MIT and the University of Chicago at 8 percent. To put ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 11 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Summer is a Time to Practice Aloneness and Reaching Out to Friends

Parents tend to think about how to nurture their children's ability to make friends and simultaneously, encourage their independence. We hope that our kids, left to their own devices, can manage time alone. We pay attention to sociability and independence, because it’s important to connect with others and to be comfortable by oneself. As kids get older, the routines of school, homework, and organized activities take over and we may stop thinking so much about how our teens navigate friendships and alone time. With cell phones and social media, we may think our teens are rarely alone, even when they ...

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