popular topics in school policies and practices

  • School and Learning
    Math Standards
    Math: It's Elementary
    Get a glimpse into the new state standardized tests. Take our elementary math quiz and find out what your little ones need to know. ...
  • School and Learning
    Math Standards
    Math Standards
    Do you know what your child should be learning in math? Take our math standards quiz and see what you know. ...
  • Teen girl standing at locker with cell phone
    Kids and Cell Phones
    Cell Phones at School: Should They Be Allowed?
    Should cell phones be allowed in school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most schools now allow students to have cell phones but requi...
    Maya Cohen
  • School and Learning
    Education Reform
    What's Happening in Education Reform?
    A lot has happened this year in the world of education reform! Do you know the new lingo? ...
  • School and Learning
    Education Reform
    Do You Know the Latest Classroom Lingo?
    What's all the talk about ed reform? Take our quiz and find out how much you really know! ...
  • School and Learning
    School Boards
    What Do You Know About School Boards?
    Take this quiz, developed with the National School Boards Foundation, and find out how school boards really work! ...
  • How to stop bullying
    Dealing With Bullies
    How to Stop Bullying: Real Solutions for Kids and Parents
    Bullying can happen to a child no matter where they go to school, and although you can try to help them know what to do in the moment, it's sometimes necessary as a parent or adult to step in and help. You need some real ways to stop it in its t...
  • School and Learning
    Small Classrooms
    Smaller Class Size: How Much Do You Know About the Trend?
    See how much you know about the benefits of smaller classes for children. ...
  • School Forms Printables
    Medication Permission Form
    Use this school form if you need to give the school permission to give your child medication. ...
  • Kids
    Keeping Kids Home
    When to Keep a Child at Home
    When to Keep a Child at HomeAlthough it may seem obvious, children should not go to school when they're contagious to others, when they have a fever, or when they're too sick to learn. Childhood illnesses are spread easily when children are in cl...
  • School and Learning
    School Uniforms
    School Uniforms: Pros and Cons
    School Uniforms: Pros and ConsThere is something comforting about schoolchildren dressed in pleats and plaid. Maybe it reminds us of our own childhood, or conjures up thoughts of order and safety. Whatever the reason, one thing's for sure -- sch...
    Ann Svensen
  • School and Learning
    Field Trips
    Ceramics or Art Studio Field Trip
    Ceramics or Art Studio Field TripDirections Check your community art center to find out if you have any practicing artists living in your community. You may be able to arrange a visit to the studio where you can watch the artist at work. Ceramic...
  • School and Learning
    Field Trips
    Observatory Field Trip
    Observatory Field TripDirections If you are interested in stars, planets, and constellations, an observatory or planetarium is the place to go. An observatory is a tall, dome-shaped building specially built to observe the night sky through large...
  • School and Learning
    ADHD Medications
    Medications in School
    Medications in SchoolWho should be responsible for administering medications in school? This seemingly innocent question has touched off a lot of controversy recently, with some teachers, administrators, and even school nurses expressing relucta...
  • School Forms Printables
    Field Trip Permission Form
    Record all the pertinent information in this printable school form, to give your child permission to participate in a school field trip. ...
  • School and Learning
    Private vs. Public School
    Changing from Private to Public School
    When children change schools, problems sometimes arise when the curricula are different. Learn what you can do. ...
  • School and Learning
    Teacher/Child Relationships
    My Son's Teacher Is Too Tough
    The attitude you have about your child's teacher can affect your child's success with that teacher. ...
  • School and Learning
    Gifted Education
    School Is Secretive About Gifted Program
    Every school district office should have a printed description of the criteria for entering into the gifted program. ...