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September 5, 2016

Last week’s family-related news coverage included a landmark NYS Court of Appeals decision expanding the definition of family, a look at superheroes helping students to learn, the positive impact of early learning, creative ways for schools to combat truancy, and the importance of a teacher understanding a child’s life outside of the classroom.

New York’s Highest Court Expands Definition of Parenthood Alan Feuer, The New York Times, August 30, 2016 In a landmark ruling, the NYS Court of Appeals recognized the diversity of NY families, broadening the definition of “parent” impacting who may seek visitation and custody.

Jason Slotkin, NPR, August 28, 2016 Comics are being used to enhance the STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math — curriculum by using art and highlighting minority and female role models.

Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing Eric Westervelt, NPR, August 28, 2016 A recent student shows that children in the United States, coming from homes of varied income and racial backgrounds, are better prepared for school than they were in the past. There is still more work to be done to make sure all kids get what they need at a young age to get the best start possible at school.

Elissa Nadworny, NPR, August 30, 2016 A school addresses a cause of truancy with a creative solution and also boosts parent involvement.

What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew Donna De La Cruz, The New York Times, August 31, 2016 A teacher’s insights from asking students to finish the sentence, “I wish my teacher knew…”

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