Children’s Safety Network Creates Child Passenger Safety Infographic

Though child passenger fatalities have decreased, motor vehicle-related injuries are still a leading cause of death for children. Proper use of child restraints can significantly reduce the risk of injury and death for children. Unfortunately, many child restraints are used incorrectly. This infographic has information on risk factors, child restraint use and misuse, and more.


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How to Get to Sesame Street?

‘To honor the 44th season of “Sesame Street,” Jimmy Fallon and The Roots joined Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and others from the “Sesame Street” gang to squeeze into a “Late Night” dressing room and sing “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?”‘

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Slate Says Schools Need To Train Attention + 1 Attention Strategy

Slate’s Barry Schwartz recently wrote an article about how schools must train students to pay attention you can read his whole article about it here.  I agree that the ability to focus attention is a skill and should be increased in order to allow our students to be more successful.

There are numerous techniques to improve ones own attention, what do you think is a simple strategy you can use to improve your attention?  One simple strategy is to create questions.

Questions hook the mind and your mind immediately wants to find the answer.  How can you use this?  You can control your own focus by creating questions about what you should be focusing on so that your mind will try to find the answer.  Teachers and parents often model this behavior by verbalizing questions to show their thought process.

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KPCC Website Shows the California Schools API Results

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“Results released Thursday show California schools dropped two points over 2012, but the Los Angeles Unified School District bucked the trend, according to the state Department of Education. L.A. Unified – the state’s largest district – jumped three points from 746 to 749. The state’s Academic Performance Index ranks schools largely based on test scores and high school exit exams, giving grades of between 200 and 1,000. Overall, California schools dropped from 791 to 789. The state goal for all schools is 800. Taken together, districts in both Los Angeles and Orange counties dropped six points. In the Inland Empire, districts in Riverside county overall dropped three points and San Bernardino dropped five. Ventura was a bright spot. Districts there, on average, jumped seven points.”


Help For Teachers To Buy Homes In California

The California Housing Finance Agency recently announced they were bringing back the Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program to help teachers, administrators , and others who work in schools to get down payment assistance.

Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program (ECTP)
ECTP is a deferred payment, forgivable interest subordinate loan for eligible teachers,
administrators, classified employees and staff members working in high priority schools (API
ranks 1-5), county schools or continuation schools throughout California. ECTP can only be
used for down payment assistance with an eligible CalHFA first mortgage loan.

For complete details and underwriting guidelines, please refer to CalHFA Program Handbooks
published on CalHFA’s web site.
For questions about this bulletin, contact CalHFA Single Family Lending division by phone
916.326.8033; by fax 916.324.6424; by email at You can always visit
CalHFA’s web site at: or Single Family Lending division directly at

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