• December 14, 2018

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The Gift That Tops Parents' Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You

(NewsUSA) - The one gift that may secretly top most parents' holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. 

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
Junior Achievement Celebrates 100 Years
Posted: November 28, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Ask any young person what they want to be when they grow up and you most likely will get lofty answers, such as a pro-football player or a You Tube star. While admirable, it may be worthwhile to temper these expectations and get kids thinking about a Plan B that incorporates their dreams into the real world.

Tuesday 11/27/2018
How a College Scholarship Can Change Your Life
Posted: November 27, 2018

(StatePoint) College is a lot of work, from the application process through the last final exam that you take. While applying for scholarships may just sound like an additional task to complete on top of everything else, keep in mind that the potential money you are awarded could just change your life.

Wednesday 11/21/2018
How to Supplement Classroom Learning at Home
Posted: November 21, 2018

(StatePoint) While school provides children with a wealth of knowledge, parents are often looking for ways to support a wider range of development at home.

Tuesday 11/20/2018
How Families Today are Paying for College
Posted: November 20, 2018

(StatePoint) The way families pay for college is a good indicator of how much planning takes place before the first tuition bill arrives. A new study by Sallie Mae suggests that while families are feeling confident in their decision making, nearly 40 percent do not have a plan to pay for college.

Friday 11/16/2018
5 tips for entrepreneurs this Small Business Saturday
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Small Business Saturday is just around the corner, and for shoppers across the country, it means supporting local businesses and taking a day to let them know how much they are appreciated. It’s a day of shopping, sales and an overall emphasis on community as we reflect upon the importance of our local entrepreneurs, who continue to be a driving force in today’s economy. While communities prepare to shop small in a big way, it’s also an opportunity for small businesses to flex their muscles and grow their business. To do so, small businesses need to be prepared for the busyness Nov. 24 will bring this year. Here are some tips to help small businesses achieve the greatest possible success this Small Business Saturday:

Tuesday 11/13/2018
How to Take Advantage of National Scholarship Month
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) Bargain hunters will spend November tracking down Black Friday deals to save on holiday shopping, but savvy higher education shoppers know November is also National Scholarship Month, a perfect time to find free money for college.

Monday 11/12/2018
From boots to business: Veterans give tips to fellow entrepreneurs
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - If you’re a veteran interested in opening your own small business, you’re far from alone.

Friday 11/09/2018
Supporting our veterans, now and in the future
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 40 million men and women have served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms and the way of life we hold dear since the dawn of the 20th century. They have put themselves in harm's way to protect, defend and serve countless individuals in countries around the world who face threat or harm from outside forces, and to stabilize and protect citizens and the vulnerable.

Tuesday 11/06/2018
Get a Jump Start on College Financial Aid
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) With the changing leaves and autumn chill come a few staples students can count on: fresh notebooks, fall festivals, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Thursday 11/01/2018
Low-Cost Internet Program Helps Connect Families, Veterans
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Most of us can't imagine life without Internet service at home. We use it every day for news and entertainment, as well as to research healthcare options for our families; to connect with friends and family; to search and apply for jobs, scholarships, or schools; or to shop and save time.

Wait, What? Scholarships Are Taxable?
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) Everyone knows about scholarships. They’re no-strings-attached money to help students pay for their higher education. Right?

Friday 10/26/2018
4 insurance myths and misconceptions dispelled
Updated: October 30, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. 

Wednesday 10/24/2018
6 tips to protect yourself from an immigration scam
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Navigating the United States' immigration process is not without its challenges, especially for those who are learning to speak English. From the anxiety of trying to decide whether you qualify for a green card or another visa, to navigating the various information sources and the lingering fear that something was missed, there's always something to consider.

How women can take control of the retirement income gender gap
Updated: October 30, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Women are a force to be reckoned with in the economy. They own 10 million businesses in the U.S., control an impressive $11.2 trillion in investable assets and are increasingly the primary breadwinner and financial decisionmaker in households.

Friday 10/19/2018
Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of their customers.

Tuesday 10/16/2018
Center Offers Hope and Help for Binge Eating Disorder
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:44 am

(NewsUSA) - Many individuals who struggle with food and weight may be undiagnosed with the mental health illness of binge eating disorder (BED), according to a leading health pscychologist.

Monday 10/15/2018
Even During School Year, Fun Reading Important for Kids
Updated: November 30, 2018 - 2:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Most young kids love reading, but when the busy school year starts, it can be challenging to find the time to encourage them to read for fun.

Cultural Center Breathes Life into Historic School
Updated: November 29, 2018 - 2:39 am

(NewsUSA) - A former Nevada school for Indian children continues its mission of education, but now as a museum and educational center for tribal arts and culture.

Thursday 09/13/2018
How to Help Prepare Young People for the Workforce
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) Student loan debt is on the rise and, unfortunately, the high cost of tuition doesn’t mean that graduates are guaranteed to find high-paying, meaningful work after earning a degree.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
How to Choose Tech Toys to Help Your Child Develop Crucial Skills
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) Children today are growing up surrounded by technology from infancy. But even in a digital world, research has found that it’s crucial for kids to draw on classic play patterns that they have enjoyed for decades -- such as coddling a doll, kicking or throwing a ball and learning to follow the rules of a board game.

Monday 09/10/2018
Finding the support teachers need during the school year
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The school year has begun, and while the back-to-school expenses of many parents are done for the summer, students will still have ongoing needs throughout the year. But parents are not the only ones who spend their own hard-earned cash to make the school year a success, and they are not the only ones that can expect the costs to continue throughout the year.

Friday 09/07/2018
6 ways public broadcasting serves local communities
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Nonprofit broadcasting outlets keep families connected to their community, informed on the news of the day and entertained regardless of age, gender or demographic background.

Report: College is Worth the Cost, But Planning is Key
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) Despite rising college costs, a clear majority of families believe higher education is well-worth the investment, and most students and parents are willing to stretch themselves financially to make it happen, according to a new study.

Saturday 09/01/2018
How New Technologies Will Support STEAM Learning this School Year
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) With each new school year comes a brand-new set of subjects, books and teachers. It also means new technologies being introduced into the classroom.

Thursday 08/30/2018
Unretire yourself with these 10 hot jobs (Slideshow)
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:36 am

Tuesday 08/28/2018
New Classroom Technologies Can Make Learning Easier and More Fun
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) Technology is changing the face of education. Check out the newest ways teachers are modernizing their lesson plans in order to make learning easier and more fun.

Friday 08/24/2018
Study finds small businesses have a big impact on the economy
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - When small businesses get the financing they need to grow, it creates a ripple effect throughout the entire economy, according to a new report.

Thursday 08/23/2018
Top 5 tips to maximize your conference room [Video]
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:36 am

Tuesday 08/21/2018
How to Recognize and Avoid College Scholarship Scams
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) Average college costs have doubled in the last two decades, and this financial pressure along with new technologies makes today’s students particularly vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams.

Monday 08/20/2018
New STEAM Books to Inspire Learning and Creativity
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) Keep the excitement of the new school year going by finding fun ways to encourage learning at home. 

Wednesday 08/08/2018
How Ready is Your Child for the New School Year?
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) Backpack and supplies -- check! So, what’s left to do before going back to school? How about finding out how well your child has learned foundational skills that they need to succeed in the next grade?

Friday 08/03/2018
Summer Break Means 25 Percent Break for Educators, Administrators
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Teachers deserve every break they can get. Reports show that wages for educators have been declining, and some work two jobs to make ends meet. Meanwhile, many teachers pay out of their own pockets for books and supplies. As the new school year approaches, Barnes & Noble wants to make it a bit easier for these dedicated educators and administrators.

Monday 07/30/2018
Help Students Get Organized for a Strong Start to the School Year
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) School-related stress is common among multi-tasking students. But smart organization can make it easier to dash from class to study hall to after-school activities. It all starts with the right supplies. Gear up for a successful, low-stress school year with these handy tips.

Thursday 07/12/2018
5 Ways to Set Up the Ultimate Workstation for Kids
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) This school year, you can help set up your kids for success. It’s all about having the perfect study zone at home. Here are five cool ideas for creating a workspace for kids that will promote great study habits and inspire learning.

Monday 07/02/2018
Tips to Prevent Summer Brain Drain
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) Studies show that summer brain drain can be a formidable force, setting kids’ progress back over the long break from the classroom. But you can help kids avoid losing their academic mojo. Here’s how.

Wednesday 06/20/2018
Meet 7 women who shaped America
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - When we think about what we know about history and the events that led to the formation of the United States, key dates like 1492 and 1776 come to mind. Many people don’t know that 1619 was another of those pivotal years that continue to shape our lives.

Thursday 05/10/2018
Is What You Learned in History Class Wrong?
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) If you think your history lessons in school were completely factual, you may be mistaken.

Tuesday 05/01/2018
How New Technology is Helping Students and Teachers
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) New and emerging technologies are supporting today’s students and teachers in unprecedented ways. Here are a few ways this is happening in schools in local communities across the country.

Monday 04/02/2018
5 Ways to Make Math Part of Your Kids' Daily Lives
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) For many students, math can seem like the most challenging school subject. But it doesn’t have to be. Math is actually all around us. Here are five ways you can help kids draw connections between classroom math and the math that touches their daily lives.

Monday 03/05/2018
Getting Girls Interested in STEAM Subjects
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) Science, art and math are becoming increasingly important school subjects to embrace. Here are five ways to ensure your girls get interested and stay interested in these critical subjects through the years.

Wednesday 02/07/2018
5 Ways Digital Technology is Helping Students Learn
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) As classrooms are getting modern makeovers across the country, here are five ways new digital technology is helping students to better absorb the curriculum.

Friday 01/12/2018
More Students are Going to Grad School: How are They Paying for It?
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) Career aspirations are driving more students to graduate school these days, and nearly two thirds believe an advanced degree is the new minimum standard level of education for any professional occupation.

Monday 12/18/2017
Education Tools to Help Kids Succeed at School in 2018
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:44 am

(StatePoint) In today’s tech-driven world, the classroom is evolving rapidly. Students equipped with the right tools will get a leg up on their studies and long-term success.