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How Can Parents Prepare for Missed School Days?

Friday, January 19th, 2018
School

School absences due to illness aren’t just a struggle for children but parents as well.

Deciding that your child must stay home due to an illness can be a difficult decision for many parents. Sometimes, we feel as though we have no one to watch our child and that we can’t afford to take time off from work ourselves. Plus, you don’t want your child to get behind in their academics. Nonetheless, the need for your child to stay home from school while sick will come up sometime or another and there are a few ways parents can prepare for this inevitability.

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How Housing Policy Impacts School Policy

Friday, September 8th, 2017
School Policy

School policy is a big deal, but housing issues have a greater impact than we may realize.

Recently, The Baltimore Sun published an op-ed written by Nancy Newman regarding housing policy and its inherent ties to school policy. In it, Newman points out that “stable, affordable housing is critical for the future of our city’s children so that they can reach their children.” As much as we may place an emphasis on school policy, we won’t see major improvements in the education of our children if those policies are being bottlenecked by housing issues. For us at My Brother’s Keeper, this is an important concern and we believe Nancy Newman raises some important points.

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How Important Is School Attendance?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
School Attendance

School attendance may be an easy thing to let slip, but it’s critical for a student’s development.

As all parents know, school attendance is incredibly important for children as they continue to grow and learn. For some families, school attendance can be a tricky task. Once a child starts to miss some classes, it begins to add up and a student can quickly behind. These are some benefits to school attendance that really highlight how important it is, as well as some easy tips to help parents try to get their children back in class.

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Child Sleep Statistics and How They Relate to Early Development

Friday, March 24th, 2017
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Adequate sleep is a critical cornerstone to early childhood development.

Whether you spent a long day at the office or pulled an all-nighter cramming for an exam, we all understand how it feels to be tired. Focus becomes difficult, memories grow hazy, and the quality of work your brain is able to produce diminishes. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for any person, but it is especially critical for children. Don’t believe us? Let’s shed light on some child sleep statistics that may change your mind. (more…)

How to Motivate Baltimore Students Living in Poverty

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Hunger and Learning

Children living in poverty often require extra educational motivation and care to succeed.

Spring break has come and gone for Baltimore city students. It tends to be difficult for students to stay motivated during holidays and scheduled time off from school, but this can be an even greater challenge for students living in poverty. My Brother’s Keeper is here to discuss the importance of motivating students living in poverty (and students in general). (more…)

3 Ways Your Student Can Be Productive Over the Holiday Break

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
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Holiday breaks are about fun and quality time with family. Encourage your student to get to know their family members and neighbors on a better level through a casual interview! 

As Thanksgiving break approaches (and with winter break right around the corner), you may be wondering how you can keep your student engaged and productive during those off days. For many families in Baltimore living below the poverty line, holiday breaks present the added stress of providing meals, finding childcare, and more. Follow these tips to help your student make the most of their holiday break and extended time with family. (more…)

Tips for Preventing the Flu to Keep Your Student Safe This Season

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Follow our tips to keep your child safe from the flu this season so they can focus on their academics.

Follow our tips to keep your child safe from the flu this season so they can focus on their academics.

This season, My Brother’s Keeper has been diligently working to provide our readers with valuable information about the importance of attendance, education, and how to better assist your student in reaching their full potential. But what happens if you or your child catches the flu? This can result in both excused and unexcused absences, depending on the severity of the virus and how long it lasts. Absences can hinder your child’s ability to stay on track with their fellow students and develop critical learning skills. Follow these tips for preventing the flu to keep you and your student safe from the flu and present in school this season. (more…)

Excused vs. Unexcused Absences in Maryland Schools

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Flu-Prevention

Is your child feeling under the weather? To avoid an unexcused absence, remember that a doctor’s note is required for illnesses lasting longer than 3 days.

Tracking attendance is something the officials in Maryland schools take very seriously, and parents and guardians should as well. Regardless of the reason, when your student is absent, they are missing out on valuable class time and may fall behind. Every single school day, whether your student is in Pre-K or high school, they have the the opportunity to expand their knowledge and excel. Let’s discuss the difference between excused and unexcused absences in Maryland schools. (more…)

Girls Coloring for Change: How Two Baltimore Students are Empowering the Next Generation of Women

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Authors

Anna Doherty and Hope Sacco, the young local authors of the empowering coloring book, “Girls Coloring for Change.” This image is courtesy of WBAL-TV. 

Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we understand how incredibly important it is for young women to feel inspired, confident, and hopeful for their futures. Without encouragement and empowerment, young women (especially living in poverty) can find themselves pregnant, skipping school, and giving up on their dreams. It makes us so proud to share with you the story of two female Baltimore students who are working to create a strong self-image for the next generation of young women. Let us tell you m

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BCS CEO Sonja Santelises on Inexperienced Teachers in Poverty-Stricken Baltimore City Schools

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises is pictured here. This image is courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises, pictured here, believes more experienced teachers could pave the way for children living and learning in poverty. This image is courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

This season, we have been doing our best to shed light on the strong link between poverty as it relates to education. There are several factors that can contribute to a child living in poverty, and several more factors that can determine how effective their educational experience is in the city. Last week, the Baltimore Sun reported on what Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises believes could improve education in areas of poverty. Let us share this information with you. (more…)


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