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5 Common Core Resources for Parents

Are you struggling to understand how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have changed your child’s classroom, homework and overall educational experience? You’re not alone. As states choose to adopt these standards, it’s not just the teachers and students that have been forced to make adjustments, it’s parents like you, too.

5 Tips on Coping with Addiction in Your Family

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drug overdose death rate has more than doubled from 1999 through 2013. However, what may be even more alarming is that this statistic probably won’t surprise the millions of family members and friends of addicts throughout the United States.

10 Tips for Effective Communication in Relationships

Are you having trouble finding ways to effectively communicate in your relationships? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many couples, families, coworkers, and even friends struggle with finding the right way to express their feelings in a positive, productive manner.

How Does Self-Image Impact Employee Performance?

For many professionals, achievement in the workplace serves as the ultimate self-esteem booster. Called out for a job well-done by your leader? Big boost. Got a promotion? Even bigger boost. And with each small accomplishment comes a small amount of satisfaction in knowing that we're making progress toward the pinnacle of our professional lives. After all, history tells us – our positive, healthy self-image coupled with a hard work ethic can lead to more job satisfaction, which in turn leads to success both inside and outside of the office.

Three New Post-Master's Certificates Now Available at NCU

NCU School of PsychologyNorthcentral University's School of Psychology introduced three new post-master's certificates, designed specifically for professionals in psychology who are interested in further enhancing their skill sets to include new needs in the fields of mental and behavioral health.

New concentrations offered include:

Geropsychology and Elder Care

How to Decide Between a PhD and Professional Doctorate

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) v. Professional Doctorate

For aspiring doctoral students, the first decision you make will prove to be one of the most important. When it comes to choosing the best doctorate program for you, how do you decide between a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Professional Doctorate?

The Impact of Transactional Distance in Online Courses

An online student completes her assignment.Have you ever heard of transactional distance theory? When I recently read the latest issue of the Journal of Online Doctoral Education, I came across an article by Stephen L. Benton, Ph.D., San Li, M.A., and Ron Brown, M.A. titled, “Transactional Distance in Online Graduate Courses at Doctoral Institutions."

4 Tips on How to Become a Teacherpreneur

A classroom teacher addresses her class.Are you an educator looking for ideas on how to take your commitment to your profession to the next level? This summer break, learn how to become a teacherpreneur and expand your influence in the classroom!

4 Summer Learning Activities to Keep Kids Engaged

A mom helps her son with activities from a summer learning program.

 

Its official – summer break has begun. While millions of students across the country rejoice, parents are searching for opportunities to keep those wandering minds active. Whether you're an educator looking for ways to keep kids engaged in summer school or a parent looking for tips, try one of these four summer learning activities for kids.

4 Ways to Collaborate in the Virtual Classroom

Since its beginning, online education has been criticized for its struggle to facilitate quality collaboration in the virtual classroom. In an effort to combat its critics, pioneers in the industry have tried almost anything – from required learning teams, to the adoption of discussion thread posts and conference calls, and even overhauled learning management systems.

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