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The Science of Motivation and Its Implications

What’s the best way to motivate children? The natural motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This type of motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that parents and practitioners can use to promote positive motivation and learning during development.

The Center on the Developing Child offers several resources on the science of motivation that parents, schools, and policy makers will find both interesting and useful. You may want to start with Five Facts About Motivation That Are Often Misunderstood, then move on to How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers. There's even an interactive graphic that will show you the brain regions involved in motivation and how they work together.

Access these (and additional) resources here.

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STEP Archived Webinars Improve Outcomes for Families

STEP Support and Training for Exceptional Parents-Tennessee

Information is empowering and Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP), the Parent Training and Information Center for the state of Tennessee, offers wonderful trainings and webinars for parents and professionals on a wide range of topics with the goal of improving outcomes for families. STEP archived webinars help parents feel more confident and positive as they participate as part of the team making educational decisions their children.

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Quality Counts | Annual Report

(Published annually) |  Useful to Parent Centers seeking data and perspectives on the current state of U.S. education and state efforts to improve public education. Quality Counts is Education Week’s annual report on...


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