Posts Categorized: Academic Jock Blog

Making the Academic-Athletic Connection

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To become a successful college student-athlete, the most effective preparation begins in middle school. As eighth graders across the country begin to make high school course selections, parents need to pay close attention to the courses their students are selecting. The transition from eighth grade to high school is critical for student-athletes because the courses… Read more »

The Power of Positive Images

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During Black History Month my eyes were opened by two exceptional African American females: Carole Boston Weatherford and Marley Dias. They are linked by a love for writing and a love for reading, but even more importantly, they both understand the value and influence of seeing one’s own resemblance in a book. As an African… Read more »

Eggs and Education Issues, North Carolina Style

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Raleigh Educational Help

As a short-time North Carolina resident and a long-time educator, I was disheartened when I saw other states luring away our state’s teachers with the promise of better pay and more professional consideration. Back in the dark ages of the 1990’s when I was a classroom teacher in Colorado, North Carolina teachers were held in… Read more »

Every Student Succeeds

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The latest effort to “fix” public education arrived on the scene December 10, 2015, when President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). President Johnson signed The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as an attempt to ensure that every child had access to an education. In 2002, George W. Bush… Read more »

PSAT Scores: A Key Piece to College Prep

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Last month thousands of high school students sat uneasily in their chairs, sinking teeth marks into their pencils as College Board unveiled the new PSAT/NMSQT. Hailed as the next panacea for high stakes pre-collegiate testing, the new and improved PSAT is part of a suite of assessments that includes the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and… Read more »

Make Friends Through School Activities

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How are middle and high school students expected to move past the “hi” and “bye” stage of friendship in a period of their lives where peers rule? The teenage years are ripe with angst, growing pains and social adjustment. Childhood friendships often collapse under the strain of new schools, peer pressure, unequal maturity levels and… Read more »

Student Organization at Home and on the Phone

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I love September. It has all the promise of a new year without the fanfare of resolutions, fireworks and watching the ball drop at Time Square. September starts off with Labor Day that signals the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. It is the perfect time to revisit putting organization… Read more »

Planting Education Seeds in the Summer

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Final Installment – Time Management As summer draws to an end, so does your planting season for effective summer strategies for building a college-going culture at home. Now that you have set a formidable foundation by honing your family’s organization skills, it’s time to prepare for the start of a new school year where time management… Read more »

Planting Education Seeds in the Summer, Part III

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Home Organization 101 Continued—Getting Your Student Organized Welcome to the third blog in a summer series on creating a college-bound culture at home. Establishing a pathway to an organized life is one of the most important gifts parents can give to their children. Organization is a lifelong skill that pays large dividends. It is the… Read more »