iCarpool

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Five work deadlines, four kids, three schools, two cups of coffee, one tired parent. From crawling in traffic to sprinting to afterschool pickup, busy working parents never get a break. Luckily, the digital world makes their lives a little easier. With new phone and computer applications, many parents are indulging in modern technology to deal… Read More

New and Notable in Baltimore

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With autumn just around the corner, Baltimore parents are spoiled for choices when it comes to their children’s educations. Baltimore schools provide an array of programs — far too many to cover in one article — catering to students’ individual needs. From mastering modern technology to conquering learning disabilities, Baltimore schools are creating innovative curricula… Read More

Health

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During the 2011-2012 school year, the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Roslyn and Len Stoler Early Childhood Education Center took first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” childcare challenge. The challenge called for childcare centers and preschools to adopt practices that promoted healthy eating and exercise as means to preventing childhood obesity. In order to qualify, the… Read More

iNSIDER Insights: Schools of Thought

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I have always been a fan of the back-to-school season. New shoes, school supplies, haircuts, fresh starts. But this year, things are different — unlike any back-to-school season I have ever experienced. This year, my daughter goes to college and life will never be the same. Any parent who’s been through this knows the range… Read More

Holocaust Studies

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Teaching the Holocaust is no easy feat. How do teachers find the resources they need to educate students about what is arguably the most atrocious period in human history? Thanks to the annual Jewish Museum of Maryland’s summer teacher’s institute, they have support. Every summer in late July or early August, the JMM and co-sponsor… Read More

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

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By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. Penguin Group, 336 pages. Parents of teens know that their behavior is sometimes baffling. In his New York Times best-selling book “Brainstorm,” neuro-psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel explains there is method to the madness. Drawing upon the newest findings in neurobiology, Siegel helps readers understand what is happening in their children’s… Read More

Community Colleges: Worth a Second Look

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As executive director of public relations and marketing for Howard County Community College, Elizabeth S. Homan is well aware that many parents and students view community college education as a last resort. “We know parents tell their kids, ‘If you don’t get your grades up, you’ll end up at community college’” she says. “There is… Read More

Where Should I Study?

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In today’s internationally connected world, college students are well aware that in order to be globally competitive, an overseas cultural and academic experience, whether it’s for six weeks, a semester or an entire year, is imperative. For many Jewish students who have visited Israel, whether on a gap year or a 10-day trip, the question… Read More

Changing With The Times

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“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has… Read More

Breaking Out Fall Fashions

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The calendar may still read summer, but in a matter of days, kids will be heading back to school, and September will arrive. While I love summer and the easier laid-back routine that accompanies June, July and August, as a retailer and fashion fiend, I welcome the arrival of fall with open arms. To me,… Read More