You want the best education for your son or daughter. But what defines the best education? Is it private schooling? Charter schools? Home schooling? Public schools? Some people believe the best form of education is a combination of traditional schooling and tutoring. Even though it has sometimes been seen as just “extra help” for students with failing grades, tutoring can be effective at bolstering math and reading skills prior to and during high school.
It takes a lot of support to provide an engaging and safe learning environment. Your school superintendent and groups like the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) are part of that very important effort.
SafeStop works with a variety of school administrators and parent groups to bring the convenience of our school bus tracking app to schools. If you want to discuss a school issue, bring up a community concern, or add new technologies like SafeStop to your school, it helps to understand the different roles within the school district.
The holiday season brings joy and jubilation to families of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Teaching elementary school children about holiday traditions and cultural customs they may have never heard of before can be a challenge — but an exciting one.
You may remember Zoombinis, Oregon Trail, and early typing games like Jump Start. These were some of the first widely available computer games in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, the eLearning market has experienced phenomenal growth around the globe, with estimates placing revenue from learning games at $107 billion in 2015 alone.
You’ve probably heard the phrase countless times. But what is a school board? In the United States, school boards were first created in 1647 when a Massachusetts law, which required cities to establish and maintain schools, was passed. Basically, a school board is a local authority tasked with the provision and maintenance of a school or schools.
If you are like most parents, you may be wondering, What is the purpose of this board? Who are the individuals involved? What impact do they have on my child’s education? Good questions. Thanks for asking! The primary goal of a school board is to improve student achievement. However, since school boards have the power to make many key decisions about curriculum, bus transportation, the hiring of teachers and more, it is essential for school board members to be qualified, experienced, and responsible individuals.
Your children are home for the day, but school is in session for teachers. Why? Because it’s a professional development day, and today plays a key role in making sure your school’s teachers never stop learning.
Professional development helps your child’s teacher stay current in their profession. One experienced education policy professional, Emily Hassel, defined professional development as, “the process of improving staff skills and competencies needed to produce outstanding educational results for students.”
Because the professional development (PD) of teachers impacts the educational success of your children, it is important to know what goes on during those days when the school parking lot is full but the kids are home.
School’s cancelled! Winter is the season for making the most of a school day even when school is not in session.
Each school district has its own inclement weather policies. You may receive your “school’s cancelled” alert from the school, television, or through an app like SafeStop. When you get the announcement, the best thing to do is relax. It’s time for the children to sleep in, and for you to plan your day.
These days, global positioning system (GPS) technology is seamlessly integrated into smartphones. While paper maps are nice, it’s easier to check your phone for directions, not to mention more perks like viewing your time of arrival and getting notified of traffic delays along your route. Unsurprisingly, school districts are taking advantage of this technology for very similar reasons: convenience and extra benefits.
New education technology is creating exciting learning and safety opportunities for classrooms and school districts in the United States. As new high-tech business capabilities are introduced in the marketplace, education technology is moving just as quickly to improve learning, safety, and operational effectiveness for K-12 students.
Let’s be honest, when you were a kid, was there really anything better than finding out school's cancelled? Be it rain, snow, or a water main break, the reason for a school cancellation mattered not — only that you got to stay home. Few things can compare to the bliss children feel when they know there’s no school tomorrow.
Yet as a parent, finding out that school has been canceled can really mess with your day. Suddenly, you have to find a babysitter for your son or daughter. And if you rely on your school’s hot lunch program, you need to make sure your child has a nutritious meal for the day.
While you can’t stop Mother Nature, you can have up-to-date information about school cancellations so you have time to plan ahead.