Positive, supporting teachers and principals play a powerful role in student achievement.
Every parent wonders at some point: How do you get kids to eat their vegetables? The answer: You make them grow the vegetables too! “When children have the opportunity to grow their own food, they just have a much closer relationship with that food,” said Nathan Larson, director of the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative. “Opposed to, say, a vegetable that they’ve had no connection to prior to it showing up on their plate, a vegetable that they’ve helped grow through the whole season and they’ve helped prepare in the kitchen … they’re more likely to try that food and they’re
One of the long-standing beliefs in America is the classic Horatio Alger, rags-to-riches narrative — that is, no matter what someone’s circumstances are when they’re growing up, they can achieve success through a combination of hard work and persistence. But those kinds of stories are the exception, not the rule, even in the land of opportunity. According to Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, children who are born and raised in destitution often find their opportunities are severely limited throughout their lives. Part of Ohio State’s historical mission as an