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An Edible Education

An Edible Education

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As our food system faces challenges, I believe our greatest gift to our children is an “edible” education. In America today, it is more common for our food to come from across the world than from our own backyards. Agriculture took a wrong turn a few generations back, replacing biodiverse family farms with industrial corporate […]

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Handwork as a Social Affair

Handwork as a Social Affair

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered whether handwork, such as knitting, crafting and whittling, is good for your child? Neurological research has shown that use of the fingers and dexterity challenges for growing children are interrelated with brain development. This research confirms the beliefs and experiences that Waldorf educators have integrated into their teaching curriculum for more […]

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Children’s Garden: Developing A Lifetime of Learning and Play

Children’s Garden: Developing A Lifetime of Learning and Play

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Portland is a hub for young families. With amazing hiking trails and just a short drive to the coast or mountains, it has a little bit of something for everyone. Such a large population of families with young children means that Portland’s early childhood learning centers are an important part of this community. Indeed, there […]

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Arts and a New Chapter to Celebrate for French American International School

Arts and a New Chapter to Celebrate for French American International School

| December 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

French American International School is Portland’s oldest and most established language immersion school, founded in 1979 with two teachers and a handful of students in the basement of a church. Today, FAIS thrives on 14 acres in NW Portland, with 550 students, preschool through grade eight, learning under the able direction of over 60 faculty […]

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My Diagnosis

My Diagnosis

| December 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

This was my fourth visit to the doctor’s office in a month, and it still smelled like hand sanitizer and sweat. As I followed my mom to that room, 309, I wondered, “What could be so important to Mom that she had to pull me out of school again? She NEVER does that!” I reached […]

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Read On!

Read On!

| December 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Reading is the gateway to learning, opening doors to faraway adventures, new possibilities and a promising future. Without strong reading skills, children will face challenges throughout their lives. That’s why at SMART, we believe Reading Matters. Each year, we help thousands of Oregon children develop the skills to read. Often, caregivers make the mistake of asking the child […]

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Oregon Episcopal School Inspires Discovery

Oregon Episcopal School Inspires Discovery

| December 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

What child hasn’t peppered his or her parents with the word, “WHY?” It starts with one innocent question, which leads to another—and another, and another, until Mom or Dad says, “Because I said so.” At Portland’s Oregon Episcopal School (OES), that same inquisitiveness is answered with a challenge to kids to make discoveries for themselves, […]

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Click Your Way Towards a College Degree

Click Your Way Towards a College Degree

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Dan Edge arrived at Oregon State University as a wildlife specialist in 1989, the term “distance education” had a very literal meaning. “In the early years of my job, I would drive 300 miles across the state to talk to 12 ranchers about controlling ground squirrels,” Edge says with a laugh nearly a quarter-century […]

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Online K–12 Classrooms Get Personal

Online K–12 Classrooms Get Personal

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Not all children learn the same way. Yet out of necessity, most students in a classroom have to move at basically the same pace, leaving some students behind and others bored. Teachers work to find a middle ground best suited for the most students. But what if your child isn’t ‘one-size-fits-most’? There are thousands of […]

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Ins and Outs of Chartered Schools

Ins and Outs of Chartered Schools

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chartered schools are quickly becoming a hot commodity in the United States. With the ability to tailor education however they see fit, to remain tuition-free and to hold teachers accountable for things that aren’t working, they’re nothing to scoff at. Yet Americans still seem hesitant to explore chartered school options. Looking to shed light on […]

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