New Application Season, New Common Application Prompts, plus—Green Ivy Summer College Admissions Bootcamps!

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Education Articles, Summer Plans

The Common Application recently announced it is changing many of its existing prompts for the 2017-2018 admissions year. Some of the prompts remain the same or have been modified to some extent, but entirely new questions have also been added, including one that allows students to submit an existing essay or create a prompt of … Continue reading

The Crucial Link Between Arts Education and Innovation

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Category: Education Articles

Last year, Green Ivy Educational Consulting founder Ana Homayoun presented at the National Coalition for Girls’ Schools annual conference on how social media can contribute to girls’ interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The acronym STEM has long been ubiquitous here in Silicon Valley, and STEM has been a long-standing educational agenda … Continue reading

We’re Making a Big Mistake Assuming All Reading Should Be Done via Digital Screens

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Category: Education Articles, Millennials, Technology

It’s no secret how we have become attached to screens – smart phones, iPads, laptops or televisions now consume our attention for hours every day, and much of our daily reading happens using some sort of screen. Not long ago, the combination of increased screen access and the ease and portability of Kindle and nook … Continue reading

Five Ways to Encourage “Real” Reading in Teens, Even Resistant Readers

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teenagers

I came across an interesting article in Education Week which focuses on how teachers can get reading-resistant students authentically engaged in the reading process. ‘Authentic engagement’ essentially means motivating students in a way that inspires their intrinsic motivations to read, not just simply assigning texts and hoping for the best. The rules are simple: let … Continue reading

Developing “Grit”: A Focus on Social Emotional Learning

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Category: Education Articles, Schools, Wellness

In recent years, many schools have shifted their learning modules to incorporate and teach the principles of Social Emotional Learning, or SEL. In a NY Times piece on the process by Jessica Lahey, she notes, “In short, social emotional learning is what allows students to control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them … Continue reading

December Newsletter

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Standardized Test Prep, Technology, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

Greetings!   I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was one filled with gratitude and good food, and that this upcoming holiday season is wonderful for you and your family.   This weekend, I came across this article in the NYTimes Sunday paper by Tony Schwartz entitled, Addicted to Distraction. I had some of my students read it … Continue reading