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The Secret to Success: Executive Function Skills

By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor Executive function skills are the basis of learning how to learn effectively, work productively, and overcome adversity. Experts at Harvard University describe executive function and self-regulation skills as “the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember…

Championing Teens with Anxiety

By April Huard, Off-Campus Program Advisor As a teenager, Solome Tibebu struggled with a debilitating anxiety disorder that affected every area of her life. Although she suffered silently for many years, afraid to share her secret thoughts with even her family, she credits her father…

Elders as Educational Resources

By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor Senior citizens have been an important part of my daughter’s educational journey. Many of my students also connect with elders in their families and communities in a variety of ways. The following is an exchange between my then 8-year-old…

A Deeper Education

By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor Learning is a continuous process, so why examine a subject once and be “done” with it? Instead, return to it again and again and explore it in different ways, from different angles, and on different levels. This spiral approach…

Picture Books Are for Everyone

By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor Picture books seem to have gone out of fashion. Of course, they are still popular in early elementary education, but as soon as children are old enough to read, we tend to steer them away from illustrated books. I’m…

The Value of Learning Handwriting

By Bev Munday, Director of Education As we use technology more and more, it appears that the art of handwriting is being lost, especially among younger people. To some, the topic might even be obsolete. My own three daughters now do so much using their…
Summertime and the Learnin’ Continues…

Summertime and the Learnin’ Continues…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Cassie Espich, Off-Campus Program Advisor Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, and many of you might be wondering what your students can do for the next few months! Some of you might choose to continue specific academic studies throughout the summer, maybe through…
The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Learning

The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Learning

By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor Quotes make me think. They distill ideas down to their essence, raise questions, and inspire me to go out and learn more to build my own understanding of a topic or interest area. When it comes to learning, a…
Television’s New Reality: Media Resources for Parents in the Age of Video Streaming

Television’s New Reality: Media Resources for Parents in the Age of Video Streaming

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Emily Fitzgerald, Guest Author In March, Netflix released a new series that immediately became popular among teenagers and young adults. 13 Reasons Why, based on a novel of the same name, is about a 17-year-old girl who commits suicide and leaves behind tapes explaining why…

Supporting Students with Special Needs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Cassie Espich, Off-Campus Program Advisor You might have heard about the newest Sesame Street character, Julia, whose television debut this April was timed to coincide with Autism Awareness Month. The new Muppet is a 4-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As someone with…