April is Autism Awareness Month

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With care, services and support, children with autism and other developmental disabilities can overcome many challenges and thrive! This Autism Awareness Month, take a moment to read some simple steps that parents of young children can take to be sure autism is identified early, giving all children the chance for success.

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Books for Young Poets

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Celebrate National Poetry Month this April with a lyrical selection of readings for kids ages 0 to 9. You’ll find classic Mother Goose, alphabet poems in both Spanish and English, an ode to Harlem — and even a rhyming dog.

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Simple Ways to Protect the Earth

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What's not to love about spring? The sun warms and brightens our days for a few extra hours, and kids get to explore outside a little longer each day, too. And on Sunday, April 22, Earth Day will help to mark the season of showers and flowers! Here are some great ways to encourage your child to respect our planet and help protect it.

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Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists

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A study finds that the gap is actually largest in America's wealthiest neighborhoods, challenging widely-held beliefs about the relative impacts of class and race on life outcomes.

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Transgender Teachers: In Their Own Voices

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We asked transgender educators around the country to share a selfie, and tell us what they wish others knew about them. Many say they play vital roles in creating safe spaces for the next generation.

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Advice For Student Activists: It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint

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Youth activism in America has a long and complicated history. As students flood streets around the country, two activists offer advice to those marching.

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Classroom Skeleton: Whose Bones Are These?

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Remember that skeleton hanging in the front of your classroom? In some schools, those were actual human remains. We used science to figure out the story behind one of them.

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Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science?

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If you're a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, why not help them out?

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Poll: Most U.S. Teachers Want Gun Control, Not Guns To Carry

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A Gallup poll finds teachers support measures like background checks for gun buyers, but little enthusiasm for bearing arms.

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PHOTOS: Students Make Their Stand At D.C.'s 'March For Our Lives'

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For many students, Saturday was their first demonstration for a cause. They bundled in the U.S. capital, delivering a defiant message: stricter gun regulation. NPR photographers captured the scene.

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PBS Presents Earth Day Themed Programming This April

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In conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, PBS stations will offer a selection of themed programming with topics ranging from agriculture to meteorology to climate change.

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Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To Read

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Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in this country. But it is widely misunderstood, and schools often do a poor job of helping students learn to read.

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Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds?

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Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.

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How Student Activism Could Potentially Impact American Politics

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NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University about the potential impact of student activism in American politics.

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HOW TO RAISE STRONG GIRLS

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Self-confidence and resilience require time and practice. Katie Hurley, LCSW, shares simple tips for encouraging young girls to learn coping, build emotional strength, and develop their own strong voices.

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