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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. ...


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...


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 s...


Oct
20
3 Ways To Be A Better Educator


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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...


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 Distr...

Sep
22
What Is The Difference Between STEM And STEAM?

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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...


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

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



EdConnect is excited to announce its sponsorship of Urban Village Radio and to share that the founder of Urban Village Radio, Kwasida, will be a presenter at this year’s Parent Impact Conference.


Urban Village Radio is Atlanta's first youth-led online radio show focused on addressing education in Metro Atlanta. The goal of the program is to encourage low-income youth to use their voices to reform education.


EdConnect’s founder, Dr. LeSure, talks about how far the Urban Village Radio project has come, "I remem...


Aug
26
Why EdConnect Partnered With GreatSchools.Org For The Parent Impact Conference

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As the Parent Impact Conference quickly approaches, we thought it would be a great time to highlight one of our partners for the event: Greatschools.org.


Greatschools.org is a leading nonprofit organization whose focus is on helping parents unlock educational opportunities for their children by providing resources that help distinguish the right school options for a child and support at home learning.


They even have an Atlanta specific website: greatschoolsatlanta.org. Here, parents can explore specific school options in the metro Atlanta area as well as utilizing a 5 step process to choose a school and also learn about school enrollment procedures in Atlanta.


EdConnect is very excited to part...


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 y...


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 chall...