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Did You Know? Our Website is Packed with Parent Resources.

22 Dec 2014
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Welcome! If you’re new to our site, you’ll find some highlights listed here. If you’ve visited before, let us show you around to be sure you catch our new features. Our sold-out events offer expert information on timely topics. If you miss one, you can access full coverage right here. For articles, click on the arrow at right or left to move through. When you see the event you want, click on “Read More” for the full article.) Recent postings: Full coverage – Seminar with Partnership for Drug Free Kids – “What’s In Your Medicine...
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Everything Winter Inspires Everything Summer

14 Nov 2014
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  By Jill Tipograph   It’s hard to believe that the warm, sunny, fulfilling days of summer are a memory, now that we are immersed in the school year (sigh). Your child’s summer experiences can help you determine her school year activities. Like the summer, school breaks and vacations are ideal times to regroup as a family and reflect on the many opportunities available to explore new interests, revisit old hobbies, work on a particular skill or learn a new one. In addition to any seasonal extracurricular programs your child may be enrolled in, winter...
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New Research Findings on Girls

17 Oct 2014
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by Osy Harrison Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) has worked for over a decade to address the psychological barriers girls face regarding leadership and healthy relationships. In a study sponsored by the HYPERLINK Keds Brave Life Project, GLI conducted original research on courageous behavior and character. Dare to Dream, Dare to Act: What Girls Say About Bravery explored how teen girls and boys define bravery, what prevents them from being brave, and what assets youth need to live brave lives. In the survey of 1056 girls and 455 boys some surprising findings were revealed: 59% of...
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What Are College Admissions Officers Looking For in the Application Essay?

28 Jul 2014
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by Carol Barash, PhD, Founder and CEO of Story To College Between 2005 and 2011, the number of applications the average admissions officer was responsible for reading went from 359 to 622. To distinguish between many students who have strong grades and test scores, admissions officers rely on the application essay–while they simultaneously have less time to review each student’s work. In our conversations with college admissions officers–from schools including Yale, Rochester, and Brandeis–Story To College has discovered a major gap between what colleges look for in applications and what students most often reveal. Here...
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