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Articles by Jessica Dirsmith

Delta Program Fosters an Attitude of Gratitude
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Delta Program Fosters an Attitude of Gratitude
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jessica Dirsmith
The State College Area School District’s Delta Middle and High School Program is a local shining star when it comes to giving back to the community, caring for those in need, and fostering a sense of shared responsibility in its students. [Read More]
A Caregiver’s Guide to Focusing on Gratitude
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A Caregiver’s Guide to Focusing on Gratitude
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
Small acts of everyday kind gestures can yield great gains. In fact, research conducted by State College’s very own Dr. Zita Oravecz indicates that small acts of kindness rather than grand gestures are key to feeling loved and supported. [Read More]
School Psychologists Help Students Unlock Potential
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School Psychologists Help Students Unlock Potential
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
A primary goal in education is to ensure that by the time students graduate from high school, they possess the academic, social and daily life skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s competitive global market. Recent legislative and executive acts and commissions have emphasized the importa [Read More]
Back to School Transition: A Time for Reflection, Gratitude and Positive Planning Back to School Transition: A Time for Reflection, Gratitude and Positive Planning
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
It’s hard to believe that the time to begin to plan for the transition back to school is here. As summer days come to a close, it is important for parents and caregivers to reflect with their children on their joys, reflect on experiences they are grateful for and to plan ahead for a successful sc [Read More]
Positive Behavior Interventions Making Big Impact Positive Behavior Interventions Making Big Impact
53 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
Only 23 Pennsylvania schools were acknowledged at the highest level of implementation at Universal (Tier 1), Targeted (Tier 2) and Intensive (Tier 3) with fidelity. Of these, four schools were from Centre County. [Read More]
Safer Schools Are Possible with Behavioral Intervention
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Safer Schools Are Possible with Behavioral Intervention
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
Similar to a public health model of disease prevention, intervention and treatment, best practices in educating children would indicate that all students should have ongoing behavioral instruction as part of a preventive framework. [Read More]
Reduce a Child's Stressors for a More Joyful Holiday
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Reduce a Child's Stressors for a More Joyful Holiday
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
The holiday season is a time to reflect on the joys of life and gather with family and friends, near and far. However, stressors such as traveling with children, as well as tight finances, limited time and family circumstances, can impact an otherwise joyous time of year. [Read More]
Healthy and budget friendly summer family fun Healthy and budget friendly summer family fun
105 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Summer is a time to enjoy your child and have fun! But this fun does not have to come at an exorbitant price. [Read More]
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