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Back to School: Associations Help Teachers, Parents Get Ready

By / Aug 21, 2019 (Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

From new reports and campaigns to always-handy resources, these associations have plenty to work with for families, teachers, and administrators ahead of the first day.

School is in session this week—or it’s just about to be for many districts.

And with that in mind, associations have been getting ready with information, campaigns, and resources to help make sure no detail is unturned.

Here are just a few examples worth checking out and possibly even borrowing from:

Retailers’ assessment of the back-to-school landscape. According to the latest edition of the National Retail Federation’s Back-to-School report, spending on gear for classes and beyond is on the rise and projected to hit a record $80.7 billion this year, with clothing and accessories the biggest driver of interest. Perhaps the most stunning number, however, is the cost of shopping per student: $696.70 for grade schoolers and $976.78 for college students. NRF has other information, including detailed graphics, on its website.

Help for the first week. With preparation on the minds of teachers at the moment, the National Education Association has a lot of resources for helping to get their classrooms ready for the first students. This year, the NEA even has advice inspired by the Danish design trend Hygge and the famed professional organizer Marie Kondo.

Social workers boost their awareness. A new awareness campaign by the School Social Work Association of America and the National Association of Social Workers will highlight the important work that social workers do to support the student body to both policymakers and the public at large. The groups launched a kickoff video earlier this month.

Giving gifted students a leg up. Families around the country might be wondering how to keep children who have shown signs of greatness engaged and challenged in school—and teachers and administrators might be wondering the same. For those groups, the National Association for Gifted Children offers a wide array of resources for every person that plays a role in a gifted student’s life.

A starting point for special-ed teachers. Whether new to the gig or well-seasoned, the National Association of Special Education Teachers offers a lot of resources to its members through its Back to School Special Review, a roundup of different guides that offer ideas for setting up a classroom, helping parents with their children’s homework, and behavior crisis management. “At NASET, we are always looking to provide the most useful information for teachers throughout the school year,” the association says.

Ernie Smith

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