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 Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library to open on Sundays Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library to open on Sundays
Sunday can now be one more fun day with extended library hours at the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center, 4800 West 10th Street. Beginning September 7, the Children's Library's operating hours will include Sundays from 1p.m. at 5 p.m. The interior of the Children's Library includes a computer lab with fourteen computers, teaching kitchen, large activity area, individual and group study rooms, theater, and community room i....

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 Registrations open for International Medical Interpreters Registrations open for International Medical Interpreters Conference
Registration is open for the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) Tri-Symposia, hosted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Friday through Sunday, October. 3-5. This year’s theme is “The Three Pillars of a Profession: Education, Certification and Employment.” The three-day symposium is for medical interpreters and all persons interested in interpreter education, including trainers, training organizations, private interpreting service companies, nonprofits, hospit....

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 Going back to school?   Tips to choose the right degree Going back to school? Tips to choose the right degree
For many, earning a college degree opened the door to the working world. It may have even been instrumental in landing your current job. But are you applying what you learned in college to your current career field? A recent survey suggests this might not be the case. Only 35 percent of college-educated workers consider all or most of what they learned in college to be applicable to their current jobs, according to a survey conducted. Today, many working adults are returning to college to ....

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 “I can’t afford college” and other financial aid myths
“I can’t afford college” and other financial aid myths
There’s a lot of information out there, both good and bad, about paying for college. Here we want to clarify a few of the less-than-true statements you may have heard. Myth 1: You can’t afford college or You can’t afford the college of your dreams. Many students and parents see the tuition price, cost of living in the dorms and the price of textbooks and say there is just no way they could ever afford it. Let's face it college is expensive! It's the largest single investment many families ....

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 Governor Beebe: A college degree matters 
Governor Beebe: A college degree matters
In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate's Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas's two- and four-year colleges and universities are on board to help it succeed. Already, we are working....

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 Get your kids ready to head BACK TO SCHOOL Get your kids ready to head BACK TO SCHOOL
As students head back to school this fall, the Central Arkansas Library System wants to make sure that all children have the most important school supply of all – a library card. Owning a library card provides students access to the resources they need to compete academically. What can you do with a CALS library card? Access Free Databases. CALS offers more than one hundred databases free of charge to patrons. Most can be accessed from the website at any time by using your library card n....

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 Back to school bites
Back to school bites
When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it's easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love. Whether your star pupils prefer a savory dip, a light and salty snack or a chewy fruit bar, here are a few great choices you can pack. Keep food fresh: Ensure that puddings and yogurts stay cold by fre....

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 Back-to-School Health Basics Back-to-School Health Basics
Put well-child check up on your to-do-list. Summer is almost over and kids will soon fill the classroom once again. From shopping for new shoes and school supplies to end of summer vacations, parents have a list a mile long of things to do before the school year begins. Is a well-child doctor’s checkup on your to-do-list for back to school preparation? It should be. Believe it or not, even kids who aren’t sick need to go to the doctor periodically to make sure they are up-to-date with the....

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Setting up a homework station
Success in school is a marriage of many factors. Proper study habits and continued education at home are some of those factors. “The assignment of homework, over time, serves to foster the kinds of qualities that are critical to learning, persistence, diligence, and the ability to delay gratification,” says Janine Bempechat, author of “Getting Our Kids Back on Track: Educating Kids for the Future.” “These skills become increasingly necessary as students graduate to higher levels of scho....
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Central High National AP scholars sky rocket
Little Rock Central High School experienced phenomenal growth, 254% to be exact, in the number of National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars from 2013 to 2014. At Central 28 students, up from 11 the previous year, qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP exams taken, and score of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School had three National AP Scholars, up from 2 the ....
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Can I still go to college if I didn’t graduate this year?
A college education opens the doors to success and opportunity. As an admission officer, these are the words that I often shared with various audiences during outreach events for parents and students. But while inspiring those who were already on track for college was rewarding, I never forgot about those students who were in danger of dropping out or who might be a few credits short of graduating. The reasons why Hispanic students drop out of school, include poor academic preparation, ....
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UALR Students earn travel for national LULAC conference
Three University of Arkansas at Little Rock students attended the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) national conference in New York City, courtesy of the Richard Family Trust and Walmart. The students, Javier Contreras and Carlos Sepulveda, both economics majors from Little Rock, and Sandra Carmona-Garcia, an undeclared sophomore, are actively involved in the UALR chapter of LULAC as vice president, parliamentarian, and secretary respectively. They traveled to New York J....
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No Child Left Behind waiver extended for Arkansas
Arkansas will continue for another year to get some leeway in meeting requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The U.S. Department of Education announced that Arkansas and five other states have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain requirements of the Bush-era education reform law. The state’s original waiver was set to expire this summer but the extension will allow it to move forward with reforms designed to improve student achievement. ....
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Chicot Primary School wins student video contest
¡Hola! Arkansas congratulates it's Little Rock School District Partner in Education, Chicot Primary School, winner of the Education for a New Generation: 2014 Student Video Contest. The contest featured student-created videos showcasing the benefits and positive changes Arkansas Common Core State Standards have made on schools, student and teachers. “All of the schools that participated did an outstanding job of showing how the standards have benefitted their schools,” Arkansas Department ....
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Summertime learning brings a lifetime of benefits
What's the most critical time of the year for American students? If you guessed back-to-school season or final exams week, you'd be wrong. Believe it or not, summer vacation has an enormous impact on everything from mathematics to reading development for young learners. Just a couple months can result in significant learning losses for students. Researchers have found the test results are dramatically lower immediately following summer break. There's a lot parents and caring adults can do....
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