Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

Education

  • 10 Ways Today's College Students Can Lower Their Student DebtOctober 2016

    College is expensive, and most students can't pay their own way unless they live at home. Here's what families should know as they research colleges.

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  • Why We Need to Make Math Relevant to KidsDecember 2016

    American kids lag behind their international peers in math skills, but STEM jobs are growing, and prepared kids will benefit. Tips here for making math as relevant as reading and getting kids comfortable with it.

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  • Watch it This College Application SeasonOctober 2015

    College application season can be a fraught time, exciting for some and disappointing for others. My thoughts on why a bit of empathy is in order, learned the hard way.

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  • Scrip Fundraising in the Digital AgeMarch 2016

    Scrip fundraising offers lots of digital choices these days, from reloadable cards to online ordering to paying with a smartphone app right in the store. Learn more about how to create a convenient program that works for your school's parents.

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  • 4 Reasons to File the FAFSA EarlyFebruary 2016

    Don't miss out on important financial aid awards by filing the FAFSA late or not at all. State and institutional aid is determined by the FAFSA -- you may qualify for help even if you don't qualify for federal aid.

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  • What Your College Financial Aid Letter Isn't Telling YouFebruary 2016

    College financial aid award letters are not standardized so they all look different, and they're confusing. Don't get burned. Here's what you should look for.

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  • 11 Ideas to Get Your School ReadingJanuary 2016

    PTO groups can help make reading a life-long passion by supporting fun reading events. Here are ideas to jumpstart events at your school.

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  • Parents of High Schoolers: How Your "Base Year" Affects College Financial AidNovember 2015

    College financial aid is primarily based on your annual income, but assets are also accounted. Avoid these mistakes during your "base year."

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  • Education Tax Breaks Parents of College Students Should Know AboutNovember 2015

    If you have a new college student, you'll want to check out these tax credits. Also, a few ways to save for college.

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  • College Students: How to Conquer Exam Anxiety and Avoid a Nervous BreakdownOctober 2015

    College exams are stressful for any new student, but some people experience true test anxiety. Here's how to tell and what to do to conquer it.

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  • School Snack Rules: How Are PTOs Coping? October 2015

    Federal Smart Snacks legislation went into effect last year. Many schools have robust wellness policies in place and aren't affected, but others have had to give up valuable fundraising. Here's a snapshot of what's going on around the nation.

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  • How To Motivate Your Child in SchoolJune 2015

    We all wish our kids were naturally motivated to do their best in school. But motivation can't be forced. Tips for engaging your child.

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  • Why are Boys Lost in the School Shuffle?February 2015

    Boys have fallen behind their female classmates for myriad reasons. The picture is complex and individual to each boy, but generalizations can be made, including differences in male and female brains, increased academics at younger ages, less tolerance for active “boy” behavior, and boys disengaging if they start to feel stupid or can’t relate to class content.

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  • Common Core Assessment Testing: What Parents Should KnowJanuary 2015

    The new Common Core assessments are rolling out across the nation this spring (2015). Here's what schools are doing to help kids get ready.

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  • Making Your Playground Fun for AllOctober 2014

    Spending time on the school playground teaches kids skills they'll benefit from for life. Here's what experts say enhances kids' experience.

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  • Connecting Learning to the Real WorldJuly 2014

    For kids to keep their love of learning alive, it’s important for them to connect their academics to their lives outside the classroom. Here's how parents can help.

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  • Setting Goals for Student SuccessJuly 2014

    It's all too easy for parents to micromanage kids' school lives. Here's how to help your child set goals and develop good habits without taking over their process.

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  • How PTOs Make Their School Music Programs SingApril 2014

    School budgets have been hit hard in the last few years. Parent groups have stepped up to bridge the funding gap so kids can have music anyway. Here's what some groups are doing.

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  • Standards-Based Grading: What Parents Need to Know November 2013

    If you're confused about the symbols on your child's report card, you're not alone. Here's what they mean.

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  • Teacher Tips for Supporting Kids' LearningOctober 2012

    Teachers offer their tips to parents for supporting kids' academics at home and at school. Here's how to help your child.

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  • Activity: Fun Ways to Create a Love of ReadingOctober 2012

    Building reading skills in elementary school is crucial for kids to enjoy later successes. Tips here for making reading a fun family habit.

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  • How Important are Grades?July 2012

    It's easy to get caught up in grades, even if your school uses standards-based report cards. Read on for tips to keep your child's learning in perspective.

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  • Helping Kids Become Self StartersJuly 2012

    Every child needs to learn how to do homework independently, but sometimes parents' best intentions sabotage kids' efforts. Here's how you can help without getting in the way.

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  • Activity: Secretly Build Academic SkillsJuly 2012

    Here are a few fun activities to keep your child learning long after the homework is done.

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  • Activity: Helping Your Child's Fine-Motor ControlApril 2012

    Writing requires hand-eye coordination and fine-motor muscle development. Here are some fun ways to develop your child's hand strength and hand-eye coordination.

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  • Keeping Kids on Track with Their HomeworkApril 2012

    Is your elementary child procrastinating on homework? Here are a few reasons why kids put it off and tips to help families develop a homework routine.

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  • Handwriting Help for KidsApril 2012

    Kids struggle with handwriting for a variety of reasons. Learn more about fine-motor control development, what you can do to facilitate it, and when to seek help for your child.

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