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For the third consecutive year, in-state students attending Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities will not face a tuition hike. The state system also announces steps to improve diversity of its curriculum and better handle incidents of hate speech and harassment on campuses.

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There are many ways parents can encourage emotionally intelligent behavior in their children. Check out this guide to resources for learning more about character development, from Edutopia.

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A Trauma Informed Parent:

  • Understands that an event does not have to be catastrophic in order to be “traumatic” and that symptoms of trauma can manifest following any highly stressful experience that causes lasting emotional or physical effects.

  • Is better equipped to help their child cope with and rise above trauma related health issues or post-traumatic stress.

  • Appreciates their children’s unique temperaments recognizing that while a divorce to one child may be a bump in the road, to another it can be devastating.

  • Knows that post-traumatic stress can mimic other issues such as ADHD, emotional outbursts, body aches, isolation, social problems and poor school performance.

  • Understands that the effects of trauma may not reveal themselves for months or even years after an event has occurred.

  • Is better equipped to communicate with and guide their child’s physicians in diagnosing and treating health issues.

"None of us wants our kids to go through difficulty. Our natural instinct as parents is to cushion our children from pain and keep them from hardship. But our kids won’t escape adversity in life, so they need resilience in order to endure it. Resilience is the ability to respond well to difficulty, pain, and stress. But it isn’t something you’re born with—it’s something you develop."

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"...according to one study, nearly all Nobel laureates in the sciences practice some form of art as adults. When you compare these successful scientists with others, they are significantly more likely than other scientists to practice art in a variety of forms, from acting to singing, writing poetry to woodworking, and more. It's this science success and art connection that make STEAM proponents believe that by integrating arts to a child's education, it creates a person more ready to meet the ingenuity demands of our economy."

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By Emily Boudreau

When it comes to supporting teenagers during the pandemic, schools and families need to work together to coordinate social-emotional as well as academic support — whether learning ends up taking place at home or in the classroom.