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Helping Kids Through the Pandemic With Stories

“Mom, when can I have a sleepover?” I felt my eight-year-old daughter’s body stiffen as she lay next to me in the dark, waiting for an answer. I enjoy our bedtime chat, but dread questions like this. Before the pandemic, we had planned her first sleepover with friends. At the point of this conversation, sleepover […]

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Not All Deficiencies: One Mom’s Reflections on ADHD

For as long as I can remember, my son has spent his days in school chewing on his sleeves, eating paper, and fidgeting with anything else he can get his hands on. And when he wasn’t chewing on or fiddling with something, he is talking—commenting on whatever was going on, interrupting, yelling, or trying to […]

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Colorado has spent hundreds of millions to help kids read. Now, it will spend up to $5.2 million to find out why it’s not working.

Colorado’s education department will spend up to $5.2 million over six years on a consultant charged with determining why the state’s 2012 landmark reading law failed to produce significant gains for struggling readers. The unusual external audit, to be conducted by the nonprofit WestEd, will dig into how the state’s schools are using about $40 […]

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