Homeschooling a Special Needs Child

Jennifer Allard’s son has ADHD and is on the Autism spectrum. Even with an Independent Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plan, he still struggled with concentration in school and became increasingly withdrawn. Jennifer began researching Autism and gave homeschooling a try, working with teachers to customize his curriculum to best fit his needs. She found his intelligence and progress transformational and shares her journey and encouragement with other parents.


Out of Our Minds

Ken Robinson

Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Zaretta  L. Hammond

Educational Observations in the Age of COVID-19

Lisa Hasler Waters has worked in Technology Education for the past 20 years. She explains how traditional school districts are discovering that students thrive in distance learning programs. Students are getting more sleep, are less stressed, and less busy. Lisa shares what it takes to be a successful distance learning teacher and suggests that more training and support is needed for students, parents, and teachers alike.

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The Power of Questions

Asking the right questions, such as “tell me more” and “walk me through that” and “how do you see this playing out” can lead to more meaningful conversations and better understanding. Coastal Academy Educational Specialist, Koreena Enns, explains how powerful asking the right question can be. She offers tips for phrasing stronger questions, controlling tone, paying and becoming a better listener.

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NCEF Character Scholarship Award Recipients

CAHS Students Provide PPE to Frontline Medical Workers

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Sophomore Alexander Usher initiated a project to 3D print PPE for frontline workers while in quarantine. With help from robotics teammates and Classical Academy students, Caleb De La Cruz, Seth Peace, Caleb Winter, and Nicholas Usher, 1000 face shields were produced and distributed to medical professionals in hospitals and nursing homes throughout San Diego County and Colorado. What a great way to help our frontline workers!

Empowering Your Child in Conflict Resolution

Our children learn conflict resolution from social media, television, the news, and our own relationships. Coastal Academy High School Social Emotional Counselor, Jessica Novello, explains how age-appropriate ground rules can lead to improved conflict resolution skills. She shares the importance of teaching our children to have the grace to let the little things go and the courage to face the big things on their own. She warns of the dangers of rescuing our children from experiencing conflict and consequences.

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