• Stories of Inclusion Focus on What Children with Disabilities CAN Do

    A series about a young boy with special needs who makes friends everywhere he goes

    Making friends can be difficult for many children, but it’s particularly challenging for children with disabilities, who may not be able to participate in all of the same activities as their peers. read more »
  • 4 ways families can celebrate National Adopt A Dog Shelter Month

    Every dog deserves a happily ever after

    Every dog deserves a happily ever after: How your family can get involved with a local animal shelter. October is the month each year when we turn our hearts toward the hopeful dogs waiting to find their forever homes. read more »
  • Colorful ‘Lizzy’ Romp Teaches Kids to Live in the Now

    A sweet book about two little girls

    Curiosity, frustration, imagination, and a unique perspective are at the heart of this tale about Lizzy read more »
  • World's No. 1 STEAM Program Launches New STEM/STEAM Book Series

    New Challenge Island chapter book series with a spectacular, hands-on STEM/STEAM twist!

    Challenge Island has been providing kids with award-winning STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning adventures for almost two decades. On National Stem Day (Nov. 8), the magic of the world's No. 1 STEAM program will combine with the magic of reading to launch the first book in the Challenge Island STEAM book series. read more »
  • How to help high-achieving students manage stress

    Tips and insight for parents

    School administrators at Howard County Public Schools (HCPS) in Maryland were surprised to learn that high-achieving students wanted to get rid of class rank—a measure of student success that weighs higher-level classes differently when calculating grade point average. The class ranking system created an unnecessary burden, students said, and discouraged them from taking the classes they really wanted. read more »
  • New Research Suggests Pandemic Learning Loss Recovery Will Require Largest Number of Tutors in U.S. History

    But the pipeline for qualified tutors could be a roadblock for administrators

    The American Rescue Plan Act was designed to help fund learning recovery, requiring local school districts to reserve 20 percent of the approximately $109.8 billion they'll receive for evidence-based interventions to address the impact of COVID-19 on student learning. But how is this funding best allocated? New research shows students, parents, teachers and administrators across the country agree that tutoring is poised to reverse the negative effects of pandemic learning loss, with most preferring a model in which this intervention is free, in person, and incorporated into the school day. read more »