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Perspective: Parents, we need to teach our children about the dangers of hate-laced speech against Muslims

Author Hena Khan (featured on Colorín Colorado) shares her personal perspective as a mother in this column, writing, "There is a very disturbing trend in schools that is not getting enough attention, perhaps because it is not quantified: hate-laced speech against Muslims that is being normalized and accepted by children. This includes my own children, and it breaks my heart."

Trump Administration Sued Over Rollback of School Lunch Standards

A coalition of states and advocacy organizations sued the Trump administration on Wednesday over its rollback of school nutritional standards championed by the former first lady Michelle Obama that required students be served healthier meals.

Joy to the World! 10 Children’s Music CDs of Love, Peace, & Silliness | ClefNotes

From Sonia De Los Santos's ¡Alegría!, which explores joy and happiness, to Ginalina's It Takes a Village to Legion of Peace: Songs Inspired by Nobel Laureates by Lori Henriques Quintet featuring Joey Alexander, many of this season’s children’s music selections are filled with thoughtful positivity. But there’s still plenty of room for goofiness and whimsy, as Tom Mason and the Blue Baccaneers' If You Want To Be a Pirate and The Story Pirates' Nothing Is Impossible demonstrate.

Response: Ways to Use Tech in Science Class

The new question-of-the-week is: "What are effective ways to use tech in science classes?" Ed-tech can have an important role in science classes, but, with all the possible options out there, what tools should be used and how should educators use them?

Refugee Minors See Their Life Stories on Stage

The number of Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally has risen sharply over the last three years, and those numbers are impacting the D.C. area. In 2016, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America were released to communities throughout the nation; roughly 4,000 of them settled in the Washington region. Advocates say the increase is being driven by migrants’ fears of gang violence in their home countries — fears that outweigh heightened concerns about deportation under the Trump administration. And this is what the organizers of a local play "Óyeme, the beautiful" hope to address.

When Trauma Walks In: Creating Welcoming Spaces by Recognizing Adverse Childhood Experiences

"At Denver Public Library [DPL], trauma walks through our doors every day," says Elissa Hardy, licensed clinical social worker and DPL community resource manager. As a result, throughout the library system, social workers and peer navigators train staff on how to view potentially difficult patron encounters through a trauma-informed lens. "What might appear to be a behavior ‘problem’ may actually be how an individual—including children—has learned to cope in their world," Hardy says.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

On a muggy fall morning, pre-K teacher Ruth Shows inspected the work of students in her classroom, stepping over a cluster of little learners sprawled on the carpet. She watched a 4-year-old thrust her tiny hands into a plastic tub of rainbow-colored rice, scooping up handfuls of magnetic letters and numbers. Another began sorting the bounty, putting numbers into one tray and letters in another. What started as a treasure hunt had become a logic game in this state-funded pre-K classroom, a free early learning experience that’s only recently become available to a small number of students in Mississippi.

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