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How Libraries Connect Kids with Books During the Pandemic

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning When public library buildings across the country shut down in March 2020 under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth services librarians and other library staff … Continue reading

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ADHD and Addictions: What You Need to Know

By James J. Crist, Ph.D., author of What’s the Big Deal About Addictions? While estimates vary, about 5 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults are thought to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Symptoms can include inattention, distractibility, … Continue reading

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Train Your Brain to Pay Better Attention with Mindfulness

By Shannon Anderson, author of  Y Is for Yet: A Growth Mindset Alphabet Did you know that 47 percent of the time, the average American adult is not paying attention to what they’re doing? That’s a pretty staggering statistic. This is … Continue reading

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Goal Setting During Uncertain Times: How Educators Can Help Students Look Forward

By Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., author of Responding to Student Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools in Times of Crisis When it comes to goal setting, I would typically advise that people face forward instead of looking back. However, 2020 threw us … Continue reading

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12 Creative Ways to Find Funding for Your Classroom

By Shannon Anderson, author of  Mindset Power: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Better Every Day I’ve taught for 25 years and have had the opportunity to bring some pretty amazing experiences to my classroom and students. What I’ve learned, though, is … Continue reading

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