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Aug
24
Kindergarten Here We Go: A Checklist for Little Learners Returning During a Pandemic


Kindergarten is an important milestone for any student. New friends, new atmosphere, and this year: new procedures. Many Kindergarteners will experience fear and anxiety when beginning their new routine. This year, the game has changed as students return to Georgia schools in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic. EdConnect has compiled a little checklist to help parents and their student experience and smooth transition to new this learning atmosphere.


See if your child can:



  • Practice writing their name

  • Flip the pages of a book easily

  • Use the bathroom independently

  • Listen to a story and then tell it back to you within reason

  • Practice good hygiene after bathroom and lunch by proper handwashing


And: ...


Aug
21
Return to Learn: The Reality of Covid-19 for Georgia Students

As schools prepare to reopen across the country in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many teachers, students, staff, and parents are concerned about returning in the fall. Georgia schools are taking a county by county approach; many are doing virtual/remote education for a set time while others are using a hybrid model. All plans are meant to be fluid and can change if deemed necessary.


If you have a student preparing to return this fall, EdConnect has compiled some information to help you during this stressful time.


Remember: school is a critical infrastructure that supports the whole child, not just their academic needs. But safety measures need to be taken while we deal with the Coronaviru...


Jul
12
Georgia Public School Transfers Made Easy



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Dr. Danielle LeSure takes a moment in our latest EdConnect vlog to talk about misconceptions with the Georgia Public School System. We are not anti-public schools in any way, shape, or form. There are great public schools in the state of Georgia, and that’s why in this video, Dr. LeSure is talking a little bit about transfers within the Georgia public school system. EdConnect is pro-public schools!


If there is a school within your district that can better suit the needs of your child – you can apply! You just need the basic information of your child to get started. Take a few minutes to watch the video and learn more!






Jun
30
The 411 on Georgia Schools Tax Credit Scholarships









Dr. Danielle LeSure is back this week for a 5-minute Ed Connect vlog explaining a little bit about the tax credit available for schools in Georgia. Funds from taxpayers and businesses are put into the Student Scholarship Organization; certain private schools work with an SSO to determine how to distribute these funds.


Parents interested in Georgia schools tax credit scholarships should note that the name of the scholarship can be different depending on the school. Look up the information on the Georgia Department of Education’s website. You can easily look at schools affiliated with the SSOs and see if there is a match for your child’s needs.


For more information on the Student ...


Jun
22
Special Education – EdConnect Vlog







Dr. Danielle LeSure takes a few minutes to speak with Atlanta parents of special needs children in our latest informative video. Children with special needs deserve a solid education. She discusses the Special Needs Scholarship program and shares her experience on how this program works.


Every child in the Georgia public school system with special needs gets 2 rights: the ability to transfer to any open public school in the state of Georgia and the right to private schools that can better serve their educational requirements. She will help walk you through the Georgia Dept. of Education’s website to see if this a good option for your special needs child.


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Jun
15
Charter Schools: Explained





Dr. Danielle LeSure of EdConnect takes a few minutes in this video to share some in-depth questions commonly asked about charter schools.


Check out her explanation of how charter schools work differently, yet effectively to achieve district and state goals for education. This is a great video for parents who have thought about the idea of charter schools for their children but do not know where to start. Danielle will walk you through a few easy steps to guide you along the right path of researching charter schools in the Atlanta area.


Identify schools in your area.


Check your eligibility.


Apply!


Danielle stresses that the application process is not that difficult- there is nothing to it but ...


May
25
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...


May
05
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...


Feb
26
What are the benefits of state charter schools serving multi-counties?


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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?


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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.
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Feb
26
Should the State Encourage Charter Network Growth?


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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...