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Angela Shelton – Childhood Education, 2024
Today's classrooms call for a delicate balance of policy and practice. Early childhood educators are tasked with developing the social, emotional, and academic wellbeing of the children they serve, while also following school, district, and government expectations. Many teachers struggle to effectively teach academic content, given their students'…
Descriptors: Trauma Informed Approach, Early Childhood Teachers, Child Development, Trauma
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Jordon Beasley – Childhood Education, 2024
While educators have limited control over the broader geo-political challenges and physical violence affecting school safety, mental and emotional distress that students experience must also be considered. There are ways to keep children safe and calm fears in the face of the growing unease associated with school shootings in the United States,…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Violence, Weapons, School Safety
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Ronald V. Morris; Denise Shockley – Childhood Education, 2024
Many students in the United States and around the world live in arts deserts, areas where they have limited opportunities to engage with various forms of artistic expression, cultural events, and creative experiences due to a scarcity of cultural institutions, performance venues, galleries, and community arts programs. This article explores the…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Art, Cultural Activities, Disadvantaged
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Helena Good – Childhood Education, 2024
In a rapidly changing world, education must evolve to prepare students not just for existing careers but also for those yet to be imagined. Daydream Believers, an innovative education organization, is embracing this challenge head-on by harnessing the power of technology to assess and enhance creative thinking among students. Daydream Believers, a…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Creative Thinking, Instructional Innovation
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Arnau Macià – Childhood Education, 2024
The climate and biodiversity crises are global challenges that require collective solutions that start with education. The Learning about Forests (LEAF) program advocates for outdoor learning and hands-on experiences, allowing students to connect with nature and develop a deeper understanding of the natural world. In order to empower schools,…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Experiential Learning, School Community Relationship, School Community Programs
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Anne Bauer – Childhood Education, 2024
For education to be revolutionary, it must first be evolutionary. To ensure that our students are learning the lessons that will help them reach their full potential and make positive contributions to society, it is imperative that we don't just reflect upon what we are teaching, but also how we are teaching them. This article describes how…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Learning, Story Telling
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Diane Whitehead – Childhood Education, 2024
Our education systems must provide access to quality and equitable educational opportunities so all students can reach their full potential. Increasingly urgent issues, such as environmental threats, economic crises, and the recent global pandemic, have highlighted the need for education systems to be flexible and resilient in times of stress to…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Leadership, Educational Improvement
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LeeAnne Lavender – Childhood Education, 2024
Many educators and leaders in international schools around the globe recognize the value and urgency of global citizenship education (GCE) and the need to empower PreK-12 students to engage in authentic community engagement and active local and global citizenship. To this end, many educators use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Global Approach, Sustainability, Elementary Secondary Education
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Rhona Anne Dick – Childhood Education, 2024
"Screen time" has become a loaded phrase, conjuring images of sedentary, isolated children absorbed in a virtual world... so-called "screen zombies"! However, it's crucial to recognize that not all screen time is created equal. In this article, the authors explore the imperative of providing educators and caregivers with…
Descriptors: Children, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Interactive Video
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Jody Ashfield – Childhood Education, 2024
Listening to and creating music can be an effective way to help alleviate various symptoms and provide a sense of inner calm. For this reason, music therapy is becoming an increasingly popular form of holistic "healing," particularly for children and adults who are neurodiverse. Playing musical instruments and engaging in music therapy…
Descriptors: Music Therapy, Recreational Activities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders
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Childhood Education, 2024
Play Africa, with over 40 innovative exhibits and/or programs since inception, was created as a means to address the inequalities and lack of high-quality experiences that affect the early development of children from birth to age 10 in South Africa. The results from the 2021 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) paint a dire…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Equal Education, Children
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Andrea Estey – Childhood Education, 2024
In gatherings facilitated by Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools staff, fellows have the chance to connect, collaborate, and support each other; to draw inspiration from invited speakers, ranging from artists to climate scientists; and to have dedicated time to work on their own projects. Participants find the program to be…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Climate, High School Teachers, Environmental Education
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Magdalena Pawlowski; Molly Bujold – Childhood Education, 2024
Building a strong and vibrant school community is a vital component of fostering an environment where students thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. The APPLE Schools (appleschools.ca) health promotion project identifies eight essential elements that provide a steady formula for cultivating this environment. Backed by world-class…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Promotion, Health Programs, School Community Relationship
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Laurie Gagnon – Childhood Education, 2024
In 1934, 29 American secondary schools agreed to participate in a landmark study to determine whether high schools could better serve youth when given flexibility around curriculum and freedom to "experiment with the basic structure of schooling." Popularly known as the "Eight-Year Study," it bolstered movements for progressive…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests
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Leandro Chernicoff; Daniela Labra – Childhood Education, 2024
Decades of evidence demonstrates that a strong foundation in early childhood leads to healthier, more successful life outcomes. Developing socio-emotional skills and executive functions in this period of life improves academic outcomes, school readiness, and wellbeing, as well as work, health, wealth, and public safety outcomes. Thus, social and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
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