Tips, Strategies and Educational Resources for Parents During Social Distancing

Approximately 56.6 million students attended elementary and secondary school in the United States in 2019. With the current COVID-19 global pandemic, school districts across the nation made the tough decision to close schools and move to online classes due to public health and safety concerns. Parents and caregivers have been charged with stepping into a more active role of facilitating their child’s educational learning. Below are a few educational tips, strategies and resources for parents.

1. Ensure that student is participating in all required online activities including instructional time and any additional online chats’ participation.

2. Discuss with teachers your child’s ongoing academic progress including completion of homework assignments, projects and exam scores.

3. Parents are recommended to supplement their child’s learning with additional academic enrichment activities including educational websites, at home science projects or fun learning games.

4. Parents should make sure to create an at home learning environment to help their child focus including having a quiet place away from distractions, routine homework and study times and learning materials including a computer/laptop, textbooks, etc.

5. For students who are receiving exceptional student education (ESE) services, are under an IEP or 504 plan, should follow-up with the school counselor or school psychologist to determine if there are any required pending updates or meetings required prior to the end of the school year.

6. If your child was undergoing a psychoeducational evaluation for determination of special education services, please follow-up with school personnel for a status report and to see if the school psychologist may be conducting testing over the summer.

7. If your child was unable to start his/her evaluation prior to school closing, discuss with school staff if it is possible for your child to have a private psychoeducational evaluation completed if you are very concerned about the potential delay at the start of the next school year. Please be mindful that a private psychoeducational evaluation may be at your own expense and the school does not have to accept the results or recommendations. Additionally, if submitted to the school it becomes a part of your child’s educational record. Please take all of the above into consideration before spending hundreds of dollars for a private evaluation.

8. If you would like to pursue a private psychoeducational evaluation, consider a more affordable alternative of having the evaluation conducted at a nearby university that has a university-based clinic with graduate students who can complete the testing under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist or certified school psychologist.

9. Students finishing their senior year and planning to attend college in the fall, should contact their selected college/university to determine if classes will start on time as previously outlined.

10. Graduating students already admitted to college for 2020-2021, should follow-up on the status of their financial aid including any awarded grants, scholarships or G.I. bill disbursements.

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES:

Abcmouse- subscription-based digital education program for children ages 2-8.

BrainPOP- Animated educational sites for kids

Discovery Education- standards-based digital curriculum resources for K-12 classrooms worldwide

Funbrain- online educational games for kids

Khan Academy- offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard for self-paced learning

PhET Simulations- provides free fun interactive math and science simulations

Scholastic- offers books, literacy resources and educational solutions for kids

Scistarter- connects people to citizen science projects, scientists and resources

Starfall- reading, phonics, and math educational games and activities for kids in preschool through 2nd grade

Tutor.com/military- The program provides on-demand academic support 24/7 online in more than 100 subjects for grades kindergarten through college students. Now available at no cost to any adult or child in a DoD civilian or Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve or Wounded Warrior military family.

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)-studentaid.gov

FastWeb- online college scholarship search provider

INFORMATIONAL ARTICLES:

“20 Tips for Applying for College Scholarship”, Felecia D. Sheffield, PhD, EzineArticles.com

“Minimizing Summer Learning Loss- 5 Tips for Parents”, Felecia D. Sheffield & Shameeka T. Meredith, ezinerarticles.com

Parent Center Hub, Center for Parent Information and Resources- “All About the IEP”

Parent Center Hub, Center for Parent Information and Resources- “Developing Your Child’s IEP”

U.S. Department of Education, “A Guide to the Individualized Education Program”

Greatschools.org “A parent’s guide to Section 504 in public schools”

Additudemag.com “is an IEP or 504 Plan best for Your Child? How to Decide”

Copyright © 2020 Felecia D. Sheffield. PhD, HSP All Rights Reserved Worldwide in all Media.

Social Media Marketing And Facebook – Why You Need A Profile

Over the past few years, social networking sites enabled by Web 2.0 technologies have dramatically changed the way we use the Internet. What was once a one-way connection has transformed into a dynamic connective medium, allowing users to share a wide range of content including blogs, photos, videos, and much more.Yet how have social networking sites like Facebook changed the way online marketers advertise online? For one, they’ve made our jobs much easier. Facebook is the ideal medium for advertising within an environment that’s viral by nature. These online social directories use an interactive format that allows users to create a personal profile, connect to other users, and share content.In a sense, these users have already effectively segmented themselves, coming together through like interest groups and connecting through content. These behaviors, which are inherent to social media and enabled by Web 2.0, create valuable networks of targeted and specific demographic groups. Now more than ever, the “Net Generation” is becoming involved in social media and presenting online marketers with the chance to market to predefined segments of online users, positioning branded messages on sites where these users spend time online.Moreover, these social networking sites are growing at an exponential rate, adding more and more users from more diverse backgrounds. Initially, Facebook was created only for college students, but last year, it was opened to anyone with an email address. According to Microsoft, Facebook is the sixth most trafficked site in the U.S., and now has over 73 million registered users in 40,000 different collegiate, high school, work-related, and geographic networks. This represents a 530% growth rate over one year alone.The tactic through which advertisers communicate with these segmented online audiences is known as Social Media Marketing (SMM). SMM has become a popular tool for search engine optimization (SEO) thanks to its unique ability to improve website visibility, name recognition, and brand awareness among specific online audiences through the acquisition of a network of relevant links.So what opportunities does Facebook present for targeted online marketing efforts? Among Internet users ages 18-24, Facebook placed first on the list of favorite sites in Youth Trends most recent survey. Over 70% of females ages 17-25 indicated that Facebook was their favorite site in terms of time spent online. For males, this figure was still a powerful 56%. These demographic is clearly technology-driven, thanks to their growing up in a culture that considers time online an integral aspect of daily life. More than half of those surveyed visited Facebook at least once a day, logging an average of 35 minutes on the site.Furthermore, these users are familiar with online environments and are adept at seeking out and finding specific pieces of content they’re interested in. Thus, social networking sites, especially Facebook, present online marketers with the opportunity to engage users with advertising messages at critical moments of relevance.So how can we utilize social media marketing to effectively engage these elusive audiences of young adults? Below are several ideas on how to utilize social media marketing on Facebook.
Connect Through Groups:

Facebook has an infinite number of shared interest groups which users join for a myriad of reasons. These groups cover an unlimited number of subjects and interests, from marine biology to snowboarding to politics to rap music to Italian food. No matter what your interest or target market, there is a group for you. Take it from me. I’ve been a registered Facebook user, or “Facebooker” since 2003, and I’ve seen a group for everything, literally. Many even have a local focus, like Denver Broncos fan groups or Denver Chinese Students Group. Each of these groups has its own page with a forum, discussion board, photo gallery, etc. This is the best place to position messages meant for specific niche audiences, as you’re almost guaranteed everyone who sees it fits your target profile. In the past, when I was trying to drive traffic to a video site I was working for, I placed descriptive and enticing links to relevant videos on the group’s “wall,” or discussion board. I saw great results as many of the members of this particular group, which was devoted to skiing, followed these links to watch videos about their favorite sport, skiing.
Connect Through Applications:

Recently, Facebook has opened up its platform to outside developers who have created innumerable applications, ranging from fantasy stock picking simulators to video games of “beer pong” to world maps marking desired travel destinations. Users can add as many of these applications as they like to their profiles, creating opportunities for marketers and developers alike to subtly integrate marketing messages into these applications and their functions. Many developers have already done so and are not doubt reaping some major benefits, not only through increased brand awareness but through traffic driven from Facebook, which many have bridged to their own sites.
Connect Through Content:

Because Facebook allows users to post videos, images, links, photos, and more, advertisers can seamlessly utilize social media marketing strategies to connect with these groups through content. By positioning your content where your target audience is, you can be assured your brand will be right in front of their eyes as they interact with your message. Facebook is a repository for an endless amount of consumer data, what many experts have dubbed “a community in a box.” So why not leverage this data by getting involved? Connect through content.
Connect Through Events:

As Facebook has grown, it has added an “Events” section where users can post information about upcoming events and then invite their Facebook friends to attend. The entire section of events is searchable, and users can quickly locate events they’re interested in, find the host’s name, location, time, and even a description of the event. What’s more, Facebook gives each event its own page, where users can RSVP, decline to attend, or even post information on the event page’s public discussion wall, like what to wear, what to bring, etc. This presents social media marketers with a valuable opportunity to post events and then invite people that are most likely interested in attending. In my own experience with this medium, I’ve created events for clients and then posted information and invites within groups that align. For example, when promoting an upcoming reggae concert or college football game, find as many groups related to reggae music, college football, music and sports that you can, and post the event information on their group discussion boards to ensure that anyone who’s interested now knows and attends.
Connect Through Mobile Devices:

Just this week, Facebook announced that it has partnered with RIM, or Research In Motion, and their BlackBerry device. In addition to BlackBerrys, Facebook is accessible to a wide range of other mobile devices. This presents valuable opportunities for advertisers to reach potential customers on a local level, positioning their company presence at the moment of relevance.Still, Facebook’s explosive growth hasn’t been without challenges. In response to criticism from a plethora of groups, Facebook recently added additional security measures in an effort to better protect private information. In addition to assuaging privacy fears, this is sure to encourage more users to join the site and share more information about themselves. Yet this will also force social media marketers to be more innovative and creative when identifying and locating target audiences.As you can see, Facebook users have taken care of the segmentation process, connecting themselves through content and shared interests. These behaviors, which are inherent to social media and enabled by Web 2.0, create valuable networks of targeted and specific demographic groups. Now more than ever, the “Net Generation” is becoming involved in social media and presenting online marketers with the chance to market to predefined segments of online users, positioning branded messages on sites where these users spend time online.The company I work for, Fusionbox, a Denver Internet marketing company, uses social media marketing to combine the objectives of Internet marketing with the capabilities of social media sites and Web 2.0 technologies. Click here for more information on social media marketing [http://running-with-the-bulls-seo.blogspot.com/2007/09/social-media-marketing-bridging-gap.html].Essentially, our SMM services create powerful forms of viral marketing that leverage the large audiences and user communities of social media sites. Whether on MySpace, YouTube, Digg, Facebook, Del.icio.us, Flickr, or any number of others, SMM revolves around the creation and connection of users to companies through unique content.For this reason, SMM can be utilized to build a network of links, spread brand messages, increase visibility and awareness, and even manage your company’s reputation online. After all, these social media sites each have millions of registered users, grouped into like-interest communities. Now all you have to do is discern where your target audience is congregating online. What more could a marketer ask for? No other channel allows companies to declare their identity, service offerings, value proposition and location within such a targeted environment.Our team of experienced and innovative social media marketers will effectively position your website content in a targeted digital space where it will be seen by those you want to see it.Fusionbox is a leader in applying Web 2.0 technologies to the Internet marketing domain. Our services have been aptly deemed Web Marketing 2.0 because of our ability to connect clients to customers by engaging the market and initiating conversations through social media.

Business Career Advice Can Be a Source of Your Wealth Foundation

The standard you set today determines the memory you create for the future. The foundations you create today determine your impact in the future and it is you who has to put them to work.

Before you succeed, you have to lay down a good foundation for your careers which includes:

1. Involving a business you believe in. The owner of ideas rules the world. Decide on what to do and target you audience by identifying and focusing on the spenders of money in the economy.

2. Reading good books is very important in business. Learn anything that will make you successful. There’s no one way to success.

3. Readiness to exhibit energy. Money making require concerted energy with hardworking minded.

4. Price of command for instance leadership potentials in business. In pride of command 100% confidence is required while existing ability to fail is terribly bad. Direct confession cannot be subject to evil attach, confess positively

5. Determination: Your determination must be unequal. It is a big poison that destroys shadow in business. Have self determination approach to life. If you know God, you can’t be frustrated. Cleave to the Almighty, the maker of the land full of milk and honey.

6. Sense of justice by training your brains, be fair to yourself first, your family, then others

7. Calmness is crisis when you give your life into crisis, devil will not leave you alone

8. Be loyal to yourself; love yourself, have courage with good perception for what you do. Perception is ability to take action today for tomorrow. Postponing attaching shadow now is a calamity for your employer buoyant package as good plan but have a cut-off date for your employer’s gesture to disengage. Remember that the benefit of your present seat is a burden on your future.

9. Your educational degree ended almost the day you graduated. Things have changed, be prepared to take the education of the road. You can’t mess up with your decision.Think deep before you take any action.

10. Always consult your innermost mind in decision making. Avoid the outward eye where advises decide the future of your idea. Advisers see more problems than benefits in your business idea. What you see in your idea, they don’t usually see it. Decision is the hardest factor in business, you are finished the moment you depend on outsiders for your decision making.

11. Learn how to distribute your income to diversify into other business areas. According to business developers;

a-First 25% on fixed assets such as land and property in capital around.

b-25% on floating assets such as stock and share in stock exchange market.

c-Last 25% as a waste around available for you to spend as you wish. Learn how to buy business and know how to invest in stock and shares.

12. Integrity: This is a key to the success of an entrepreneur. Learn to keep promises made to financiers, investors, suppliers, staff and so on, Honesty is the ultimate goal for anybody.

The Benefit Of A Good Business Education

Find out how a good education can help you succeed much faster.

Your business needs help to grow. All businesses need help to grow. This can be in the form of business advice, technical advice or financial advice. There are many organisations that advertise their experience in such matters and invite you to approach them. Each will have their specialist knowledge and they will all claim to want to know about your business. But how many have you approached that really just want to sell you their business? They give you generic advice rather than specifics and they try to make your business model fit around their advice or expertise rather than the other way around. There is something different out there though. Let me explain…

It’s all about you!

Imagine working with a company that knows your business inside out because they helped you to set it up, market it and grow it. Imagine being able to get specific information about how to finance it, where to market it and who to. Imagine having a mentor that was available to you to show you how to avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that you would have invariably made if you had tried it on your own. Imagine working with a company that offered you all the above plus an amazing education package into the bargain. Sound good? Well these are just some of the benefits of belonging to a group or organisation, and getting educated by people who have already done what you are trying to do.

Getting the right information about something is always useful and business is no different. If you pay someone to show you how to do your accounts then you are not having to outlay the cost of a wage for someone else to do it for you each month when all it needs to take is an hour or so. If you want to know the best place to advertise and how to do this then you can spend lots of money trying to figure this out yourself, or you can spend less on getting someone to show you and thus saving the money on costly mistakes or ineffective sales copy.

Being taught what not to do is invaluable. Why go out and repeat someone else’s mistakes when you don’t have to? Why waste money on things that don’t work when you don’t need to? If you had decided to become a Doctor you wouldn’t have just figured things out yourself by trial and error would you? You would have spent a lot of money and time getting yourself educated properly to expedite the process and so that when you eventually became a Doctor you would be proficient and professional. Why then would you not do the same for your own business?

It doesn’t have to delay your start date

Yet another benefit of education is that you can earn while you learn. People don’t want to have to wait months going through training courses and attending seminars before they can get their business up and running. It is understandable that people just want to get on with the task of making money to pay back their investment. With the right guidance and support though, you can try things out with much more confidence and much less risk. You can ask for advice as you go along or get someone to have a look at what you are currently doing and get their feedback. This means you can start your business right away, but are not going to fall into the traps that many other new business owners find themselves in.

Most very successful people today have coaches or mentors. They rely on someone to help them to become the best they can, and they want them to be able to do this quickly. Sports people need to be at the top of their game this season not next. Politicians need to be able to get peoples votes for this election not the next and businessmen want to be able to stay ahead of the competition right now. Your business deserves no less. A mentor or coach would be a great investment and a good one will make their fees back many times over.

Tool up!

Education then, in my estimation, is most definitely the key to success no matter what it is that you are doing in life and should never be overlooked or undervalued. Get all the help you can with the latest techniques, strategies and methods and learn what not to do that will waste your money. Learn as many of the tools of the trade as you can from wherever you can and use them. If you do this then you will spend less, be more successful much quicker and have a lot less stress in your life.

So come and find out more

If you are serious about getting your business to grow and become something you can be really proud of then wait no longer. I am a member of an organisation that specialises in online training and business development. I have learned how to build websites, create landing pages, create advertising campaigns, use Facebook, Google and YouTube for advertising my business and a whole lot more, and you can learn all this too. I’m not leaving my business to chance, I am getting all the education I can and the beauty is that I can get it all in one place. I don’t have to shop around for various experts, they are all there. There is also a whole community of people to reach out to for help who are also being educated and have probably found a solution to the problem you are having right now.