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Welcome to edu|FOCUS!

We welcome you to our new blog edu|FOCUS which will feature content and information about education with a focus on ways we can improve our national education infrastructure. National Education Infrastructure – it’s interesting to look at it that way isn’t it? What we have today is truly a bunch of state and local school […]

Should we teach our kids to be teachers?

The Philadelphia area is experiencing a nor’easter (winter storm) for the next few days. My daughter is bummed that she won’t see much snow out of this storm if any because it’s bringing warmer air aloft than usual storms like this bring, and ocean temperatures aren’t quite cold enough yet – but she’s 13, she […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Smart Kids

With the holidays right around the corner, there are still many great opportunities for parents to ensure Santa brings a learning experience to their children for the holidays. Oftentimes we get wrapped up in the gifts we see on TV – remote control flying toys, electronic devices, console games, bicycles…and the vast majority of these […]

Board games help students learn effortlessly

With the holidays right around the corner, and kids home from school for the winter break, we find it necessary to remind parents of the awesome learning opportunities that exist in their closets and on shelves. Board games can help students learn effortlessly; improving math, reading, logic, reasoning, and even coping and competition skills – […]

Welcome to edu|FOCUS!

We welcome you to our new blog edu|FOCUS which will feature content and information about education with a focus on ways we can improve our national education infrastructure. National Education Infrastructure – it’s interesting to look at it that way isn’t it? What we have today is truly a bunch of state and local school […]

Philadelphia’s new spot for fresh fish is … in a school?

With old favorites like Ippolito’s and Darigo’s Fish Market, South Philadelphia has long been a mecca for the city’s seafood lovers. But the neighborhood’s latest fishmonger may be its most novel — and not simply because it’s operated out of a high school classroom. Meet Fishadelphia, the city’s first CSF, or community supported fishery. Perhaps you’ve heard […]

What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You? Take This Quiz And Find Out

LA Johnson/NPR LA Johnson/NPR Almost as soon as they can focus past the end of their noses, babies today are waving at Grandpa on video chat and swiping the screens on all kinds of devices. It’s just plain unsettling to watch a baby in a stroller with an iPad. Especially when his mother is looking […]

DeVos At The One-Year Mark; Black Lives Matter In Schools; Zero Tolerance

While Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has in some ways made little progress on her signature issue — school choice — she spent much of her 12 months in office undoing work that she and many conservatives viewed as overreach by the Obama administration. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images     It has been a year since Betsy […]

Where Are the Women in STEM?

Here we are in 2017. Seems a lot of things have regressed, including the progress of women in the workplace – or at least that’s true in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) disciplines. Not only are women paid less than men regardless of the field they’re in, but only about a quarter of STEM […]

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Visual Media in the Classroom

Visual media in the classroom should not be a replacement for hands-on learning or teachers by any means but that doesn’t mean they can’t serve a purpose to the classroom. While a number of people would disagree with me, and sometimes for good reasons, we know for a fact that the average person is a […]