Education Wednesday: Continuing Support for First-Generation College Students

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Millions of students will become trailblazers this Fall as the first in their family to attend college. These first-generation college students face many obstacles just to reach higher education. Once there, it will take additional hard work to earn a degree. To ensure no student slips through the cracks, we must provide support that lasts until they march across the graduation stage. […]

Education Wednesday: Empowering First-Generation College Students

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My experience as a first-generation college student taught me that support at home, at school, and in the community is vital to reaching higher education. For students who will be the first in their family to navigate the road to college, just knowing where to start can be a challenge. However, as parents and mentors, and whether or not we attended college ourselves, we can do more to help […]

Education: FAFSA to Cover the Cost of College

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With the start of the New Year and new semester, many high school students are one step closer to graduation. While making final preparations for college, it is particularly important to plan for covering the cost of attendance. For any student in need of financial assistance, submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is […]

Education Wednesday New Year’s Edition: Resolving Student Loan Debt

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The first of the year is the right time to reflect on areas of life you wish to improve. Tackling my student loan debt is at the top of my New Year’s resolution list. Equipped with my first budget and much determination, this January I am balancing the books to reduce my debt. As a […]

Education Wednesday Christmas Edition: Family Traditions

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Traditions such as holiday customs commemorate important moments in life and help us share lessons from our family past and culture. For child learners, traditions are important because they help with the development of non-cognitive skills and support students to be engaged active learners. As crucially, traditions provide a sense of inclusion in a wider community and closeness with your family, both contributing to developing a positive […]

Education Wednesday: Making the Most of Winter Break

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The holiday season is upon us and winter break is quickly approaching. With weeks away from classes, it is vital that students stay engaged in activities that continue their learning. Maximizing this free time to sharpen skills and gain new experiences can bridge students’ knowledge from one semester to another. Winter break is a much […]

Education Wednesday: Getting Involved in the Common Core Debate

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Being active in the Common Core debate is vital to ensuring our learners receive the educational support they need in school. As parents, teachers, and students we must join the conversation, educate ourselves on this national reform initiative, and begin to take action. Whether or not you support the Common Core State Standards, I will share ways for you to […]

Education Wednesday: Understanding the Common Core Debate

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What’s the big deal about Common Core? From the federal to the local level, this increasingly controversial education plan has become a hot topic. Referring to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, 45 states have adopted this ambitious reform strategy which is certain to change how and what our students learn. Common Core seeks to create a more rigorous learning process […]