Future Well Kids: Helping Families Develop Healthy Habits

By guest blogger Anna Clausen, Abbott Volunteer Champion

Healthy living has always been a focus of mine, as both of my parents passed away from cancer at a young age. I try to stay healthy by keeping an active lifestyle through running, biking and swimming. When I had kids, health became even more important; we try to remain active as a family and develop healthy habits.

My passion for healthy living is what drove me to pursue a career in the healthcare industry at Abbott.  Twenty-five years later, I am lucky to still be doing what I enjoy the

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In Florida county where Trump cancelled GOP convention, kids are expected back in school soon

While the board was voting on Thursday during a four-hour meeting, Trump — who has been calling on schools to fully reopen and has threatened to withhold funding from districts that don’t — canceled the part of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville.

At a coronavirus briefing at the White House, he said: “I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right, just not right with what’s happened recently. The flare-up in Florida to have a big convention is not the right time. It’s really something that for me, I have to protect

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Cyberbullying, Mental Health, and Other School-Safety Takeaways for School Reopening – Inside School Research

Many schools will not be opening their door to full-time, in-person instruction this fall, as COVID-19 continues to spread.. But student safety and wellness will still be an issue for school and district leaders, as federal data show.

A new annual joint report by the federal Education and Justice departments on school crime and safety finds that while the rates of students ages 12 to 18 who are victims of crime have continued to decline nationwide since 1992, students are more than twice as likely to be victims in-school—about 33 out of every 1,000 students—than out, at about 16 victims

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Five Easy Activities to Support Project-Based STEM Learning with Resources from Science Fair Central 

As districts around the country begin to consider the specifics of back-to-school, it’s a great time to explore grab-and-go hands-on STEM projects that can be easily assigned to students whether they are in the classroom or learning virtually. Science Fair Central, developed in partnership with The Home Depot, features an entire portfolio of STEM projects to help students learn by doing! 

 The Maker Corner provides NGSS standards-aligned activities designed to encourage exploration and spark curiosity.  Check a few of our favorite activities below: 

 1. The Power of the Sun, Grades 6-8 

In this activity, students will learn

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Ten things parents should do to help schools safely reopen

Much of what is being done seems to assume these things will not be done at home — and that is the subject of this piece. Written by Mary Filardo, an education advocate and expert on schools facilities, it recommends 10 things parents can be ready and able to do to support the safe reopening of their children’s schools.

Filardo is a leading national authority on school facility planning, management and public private development. She has written extensively on public school facility issues and developed software to support long-range facilities master planning.

Filardo founded and serves as executive director of

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The case for treating teachers as essential workers

In some countries, including Britain, some teachers and teaching assistants as well as social workers were deemed essential when the coronavirus hit this past spring. When Britain shut down to try to stem the spread of the disease, schools remained open for vulnerable students and for children whose parents had essential jobs outside their home.

But not in the United States.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), sectors deemed “essential” by federal and/or state guidelines include energy; child care; water and wastewater; agriculture and food production; critical retail, such as grocery stores, hardware stores and mechanics; critical

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The 8 Things Teachers Know for Certain When Schools Reopen

First Person


The idea of reopening schools is rife with uncertainty. Here’s what teachers can hold onto


Casey M. Bethel

COVID-19 is taking a toll on everyone, but the pandemic is an especially tense time for teachers who are grappling with a separate list of concerns. You can tell from the questions being posted on teacher-discussion pages: How and when will schools open fully? How prepared will students be to learn when they do? With the way last semester ended, how much did students miss? With no camps this summer, how much did they slide?

Did any of

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Texas: Religious schools can ignore local health officials on covid-19

The Governor of Texas rightfully identified access to “religious services” as essential services, which must remain open even when other aspects of our communities must close to mitigate the spread of the virus. …

Recently, however, local public health officials have begun to issue orders restricting or limiting in-person instruction in private and public schools. This guidance is intended to clarify the application of those local orders to religious private schools and institutions.

Local public health orders issued by cities and counties must be consistent with the Governor’s orders and the Attorney General’s guidance. If local public health orders are

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Why this teacher and mom is considering quitting

Ducey, however, has said that districts in Arizona should start the new school as soon as Aug. 17 with students and teachers in the classroom, as President Trump has demanded. Some teachers have started protesting, saying it is too dangerous to reopen schools while covid-19 rates and hospitalizations are spiking.

Mace is a teacher mentor in Tucson and the mother of three children aged 10 and under. (Teacher mentors are educators who not only teacher children but also serve as mentor for beginning teachers.)

In this post she explains why she may quit or take leave if she is required

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