Committee for Children Blog

Teach Your Child Well

Elementary school students may not be thinking too much about a career path. Even middle and high school students often feel they have plenty of time to contemplate a grown-up future of work, family, and community. But the adults who teach them, counsel them, coach them, and make their breakfast in the morning are well aware of how quickly time passes. Today that nine-year-old may be wrestling a word problem in math class. Tomorrow, she’ll be all dressed up for an interview…… Read More


Book Review: Trouble Talk

by Trudy Ludwig
Reading Level: Grades 1–4

New student Bailey bursts onto the scene at Hoover Elementary. She’s fun and lively, and at first Maya enjoys her friendship with her. But after a while, Maya becomes uncomfortable with Bailey’s insensitive ways. At a slumber party, Bailey prefaces an insult to another friend with “No offense, but…” Later, she embarrasses…… Read More


Not Your Father’s Brain Research

Thirty-three years ago, about all that was known about the brain was its basic anatomy, but I still found it intriguing to learn about this amazingly complex organ.… Read More


Build, Seek, Learn: A Student’s Connection to School

My first teaching assignment was at a small school in a very poor neighborhood of London where the boys played soccer incessantly out on the paved yard with the high wire fence and the girls hung around the edges talking and watching the boys.… Read More


The Roots of My Advocacy, Part 2

In the mid-1980s, while remaining deeply committed to the Talking About Touching program, Committee for Children began looking into other areas of prevention.… Read More


The Roots of My Advocacy, Part 1

In the mid 1970s, I taught kindergarten to children in a clinical treatment program. These kids had been chronically abused for most of their young lives.… Read More


Book Review: My Secret Bully

by Trudy Ludwig
Reading Level: Grades 1–4

The narrator of My Secret Bully, Monica, doesn’t waste any time. On the very first page, she reveals that she has a secret bully named Katie. And the next sentence sums up the crux of relational aggression, or emotional bullying: “A lot of people would be surprised to know this because they think she’s my…… Read More


Book Review: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen and Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart

by Howard Binkow
Reading level: Preschool–Grade 2

Howard B. Wigglebottom is aptly named, in more ways than one. Not only is he too wiggly to listen to friends and teachers, he is also an awesome dancer. Over the course of two picture books by Howard Binkow, readers learn how this spirited bunny learns to be a good listener and to follow his heart and be proud of who he…… Read More


Violence Prevention Activities

Upper elementary and middle school violence-prevention activities (adapted from the Second Step and Steps to Respect programs)

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Program Sustainability Activities

>Elementary and middle school activities to help foster program sustainment (adapted from the Second Step and Steps to Respect programs)

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