Quarantine Cuisine: Budget Friendly Family Fare

Money is tight and stress levels are high for many as we wade through this Covid-19 pandemic. Families are staying home and cooking more than ever, with a need to stretch their dollar as far as it will go. As part of “Money Mondays”, we at EdConnect Now want to share an easy way to take one simple basic ingredient and use it for several dinners.

For these recipes, we start with readily available and budget-friendly rice.

Our first dish is incredibly simple. Customize it to fit the needs of your family:

Dish 1: Sticky Rice and Veggies

2 c. Rice

1 can of mixed vegetables (or a bag of frozen, or even cut up some fresh vegetables). Peas and carrots go great in this.

Soy Sauce or flavoring...

Take Care this Mother’s Day with a Gift from Us

A special time of year when we honor the strong females in our lives has been obstructed by COVID-19. Extended family gatherings have been put on hold for the sake of social distancing. Many mothers are now placed in a new situation; they are multitasking at an entirely new level.

Moms, dads, and guardians of all types have been thrown into wearing multiple hats. Many are still working (at home or office) and are now faced with the challenge of having their children at home while schools have been released due to the pandemic. With so many responsibilities piling up, we need mothers to know that they are appreciated and loved this Mother’s Day.

Mental health for black women, especially s...

What are the benefits of state charter schools serving multi-counties?


In Georgia, there are two kinds of charter schools: the state charter schools and the locally approved charter schools. State charter schools are those authorized by the State Board of Education. They are expected to provide their students with a better educational opportunity.

Some state charter schools are approved by the State Board of Education to serve multiple counties or districts. So what are the benefits of being in this kind of charter school?

Diverse student population

Since they serve students in more than one area or county, a lot of children can take advantage of their educational opportunities. They can offer a school culture that embraces diversity and inclusion.
Specialized a...

Should the State Encourage Charter Network Growth?


Over the past decade, charter schools have played a significant role in improving K-12 education. As charter schools have become more prominent, discussions have also begun on their overall role in the public school system. So should the policymakers and other stakeholders encourage charter network growth across the U.S.?

Recently, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released a study about charter school performance. It showed significant results on how states should focus on charter network growth.

The study showed that charter management organizations - networks of schools like KIPP or Achievement First - are outpacing independent, one-off charter schools. Also, it showe...

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. ...

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...

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 s...

3 Ways To Be A Better Educator


As students grow and evolve throughout the school year it is a great time for teachers to do the same. Not only is the growth of a teacher beneficial for their own personal and professional development, but it is also very beneficial to overall classroom growth and success.

Here are 3 simple ways for teachers to positively grow:

1. Reflect- Take time to journal and figure out what is working in your classroom and what is not. This is a great time to brainstorm how to improve what isn’t working and allows teachers to identify where too much time has been wasted in class.

2. Figure out how you respond to stress- Do you over indulge on sweets or get a little snappy with those around? Ever...

6 Test-Taking Tips For Students


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 Distr...

What Is The Difference Between STEM And STEAM?


In the last few years that has been some push amongst educators to expand the definition of STEM to include the arts. The original STEM movement was created to help employers find qualified candidates and to prepare students for high tech jobs, “According to the Math and Science Initiative, corporations are struggling to find qualified STEM employees to fill the 26 million STEM jobs in the United States.”

STEM Education

STEM Education is a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It integrates the disciplines and helps students learn how to use these in real world applications. The education also helps students understand how to reason logicall...