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Feb
26
A Better Chance: An Organization Providing Educational Opportunities To Students Of Color

By: Alex Wood

A Better Chance is an organization that has been around since 1963 and has an impressive alumni of over 15,000 people. Their mission is to provide students of color in the nation the chance to become well-educated with a number of educational opportunities. They have a signature program called, College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP), which recruits, refers and supports about 500 Better Chance Scholars a year in over 300 schools nationally.

CPSP is available to students in 4th through 9th grade that are in college preparatory middle schools and high schools. The program is not available to students who are applying to college or who have parents that are Better Chance alumni. In order for a student to be eligible they must:

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Feb
21
March College Workshop Series

By: Alex Wood

EdConnect is excited to announce our March College Workshop Series: Make College a Reality for Your Kids. The series will take place throughout the month of March at Golden Corral (2211 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080) on March 17, 24, and 31 from 10am to 12pm. The series will feature Dr. Danielle Stewart of College Prep and Connect Clinic.

Below is a summary of each workshop series:

March 17: Explore Your School Options
- Get tips on how to search for and pursue K-12 school options that match your children’s needs and interests. In this workshop we will explore public school transfers, charter schools, and private school scholarships such as the SB10 Special Needs Scholarship Program.

March 24: Build Healthy Relationships ...


Feb
21
What Is The Arete Scholars Program?

By: Alex Wood

The Arete Scholars is a nonprofit foundation based in Georgia and Louisiana that helps economically disadvantaged children reach their potential. Their mission is to provide K-12 scholarships exclusively to qualifying low-to-moderate-income students. Since 2010, the Arete Scholarship program has helped more than 1,200 economically disadvantaged students gain access to better schools and have awarded more than 3,000 K-12 scholarships worth over $15 million. They take a holistic approach to transform the lives of economically disadvantaged children by offering private scholarships and focusing on three key areas: college and career readiness, healthy relationships, and character strengths.

Applications are available in spring o...


Oct
20
Sep
29
6 Test-Taking Tips For Students

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As we dive deeper into the school year, standardized tests and end of semester exams creep up on us. And with over 16-20% of students experiencing high test anxiety, it is important to prepare students. Help your child shine this year by using these tips and tricks to have a successful test taking experience:

  1. Don’t Rush- It is important to remind your child to take their time when taking a test and to make sure they understand the question or prompt given to them.
  2. Focus on What You Know- Explain to your child that passing questions they do not immediately know and coming back to them at the end of the test is the best course to avoid spending too much time on one question.
  3. Avoid Distractions- It is important for your student to focus on his or her test and to avoid wandering eyes. Not only does this take their focus away from the material, but it could also put them at risk for a cheating accusation.
  4. Read Directions- This one may seem obvious, but when a child is nervous they do not always read through the material which results in easy mistakes throughout the test.
  5. Start Planning- Make sure your child has set up some sort of study plan at least a week before the exam. This will insure that they have ample time to review material and figure out which topics they need to spend extra time on.
  6. Eat Breakfast- There is nothing worse than a grumbling stomach in a quiet room. Make sure your child has a fulfilling breakfast before their test to keep them focused and ready for the day.

Share these tips with your child and we are sure they will do great!

By: Alex Wood


Sep
22
Sep
01
Urban Village Radio’s Founder Kwasida To Speak At Parent Impact Conference

Urban Village Radio @ Schools

Urban Village Radio @ Schools

Urban Village Radio is Atlanta's first youth-led online radio show focused on addressing education in Metro Atlanta.


Aug
26
Aug
11
3 Easy Ways To Kickstart A Successful School Year

With the new school year fast approaching (or already starting for some) it is important for parents to set up a strong foundation for their child to have a successful school year. The more involved parents are in their child’s education the more likely the child will succeed not only this year, but for years to come. Here are a few easy ways to get started!

1. Create a peaceful home environment- Kids need to feel safe and calm after dealing with all of the social and educational pressures they experience every day. Work to keep your home a stress free environment for them by responding calmly to some of the family stresses that arise and keeping noise volume to a minimum.

2. Encourage your child to read- Set time to read with you...


Aug
08
4 Ways To Teach Your Child About Money

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Previously we discussed how to talk to your child about money, now it is time to go over how to teach your child to save and manage their money. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found that children’s money habits are formed by the age of 7 which makes the first few years of a child’s life very important financial foundational years.

Here are four easy ways to start teaching personal finance skills to your child:

1. Apps- Thanks to the ever-evolving digital world parents have access to a variety of great money managing apps for their children. Savings Spree, PiggyBot, and Green$reets are apps that focus on teaching children how to save up the money they earn through challenges and games as well as budgeting to buy...