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Top Ten Education and Parenting Finds of the Week

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr Each week, e.Merging sifts through research and media in order to keep ourselves knowledgeable about what is  happening in education and parenting. We want to share all the good stuff with you.  Below is a list of our latest and favorite finds. Most of them are very current or […]

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Breakthroughs with DIY Personalized Books

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr This summer, I’m working on creating some DIY personalized books for my kids. I did this once before for my daughter when we were moving from Virginia to Denver. I realized then, the power of personalized books. For the record, I’m not talking about the new […]

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Practical Ways to Teach Young Children How to Respond to a Bully

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr   Last week, an 8 year old boy committed suicide after being bullied at school. This utter heart-break is another example why we need to prepare schools and children for how to deal with bullies. In the next few weeks, we will discuss different elements of bullying and […]

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Connecting Elders and Teens: The Value of Inter-generational Programming

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Research shows that powerful things happen when we link elders and students. It’s important for different generations to engage and interact.  The purpose of inter-generational planning is to serve the community, build character and promote emotional health for both generations involved. Maurice Elias, Professor of Psychology and […]

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Arts Integration, Common Core, and Getting the Community Involved

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Getting Clear about Arts Integration When I first started learning about Arts Integration, I was a bit confused. I was asking myself, What’s new about this idea? Teachers integrate the arts all the time, right? I was recalling my own fifth grade book illustrations and treasured […]

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BIZ Girls CEO Accelerator Program…Still Accepting Applicants!

Rockies Venture Club, along with other sponsors, have helped to create a non-profit that has put together a fabulous 1-week business program for young women. The Biz Girls Accelerator Program is committed to empowering young high school age women through entrepreneurship. The program is a week long, during which each of the attendees start and […]

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What to Do When Your Child Talks about Transgender and the Bathroom

Written by Laura Barr, in collaboration with Bethany Todd We have recently talked a lot about creating a culture for inclusion. Recent events and discussions surrounding transgender and bathrooms is no different. So, let’s talk about it. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN your elementary school child tells you that a child is transgender and will be using […]

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Self-Defense Classes for Teen Girls in Denver

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr “Females ages 12 to 24 are at the greatest risk for experiencing rape or sexual assault.  In fact 1 in 4 college women will experience sexual assault in their first year of school.” Department of Justice via Impact   Rather than letting those unsettling statistic scare us, let’s […]

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4 Things I Plan to Do with my Kids this Summer

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Preschool is over and before I shed some tears about sending my daughter off to kindergarten this fall, I get the summer. Oh,  sweet summer!  I am already thinking about watermelon on picnic tables, long days at the pool, and summer walks with ice cream cones. […]

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Math Resource: A Student-made Site to Help Struggling Students

Written by Laura Barr, in collaboration with Bethany Todd I am blessed to travel the country to support, facilitate and serve schools who are committed to innovation and 21st century best practice.  In a recent trip to Journeys School in Jackson Hole, WY, I came across Tanner Phillips, a 6th grader who created a website for […]

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