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Empowering Iowa Families: The Iowa Education Savings Voucher Opens Doors to Private Schools

In a significant stride towards educational inclusivity, Iowa has introduced the Education Savings Voucher program, providing qualifying families with the opportunity to access private schooling for theiriowa national honors children.

Benefits for Qualifying Families:

  1. Increased Choice and Customization: Families that meet the eligibility criteria now have the freedom to choose a private school that aligns with their values, educational philosophies, and the specific needs of their children. This increased choice fosters a more personalized approach to education, catering to diverse learning styles and preferences.
  2. Enhanced Educational Opportunities: Private schools often offer unique programs, specialized curricula, and smaller class sizes, providing students with an enriched and personalized learning experience. The Education Savings Voucher enables families to access these opportunities that may not be available in traditional public schools.
  3. Individualized Support: Private schools are renowned for their ability to provide individualized attention and support to students. With the voucher program, qualifying families can ensure that their children receive the attention they need to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.
  4. Community Engagement: Private schools often foster tight-knit communities where parents, teachers, and students collaborate closely. The voucher program encourages active participation from parents in their child’s education, creating a supportive environment that extends beyond the classroom.

preschoolThe Iowa Education Savings Voucher is a commendable step towards democratizing education, providing families with the financial means to choose the educational path that best suits their children. This initiative not only enhances access to quality education but also contributes to a more diverse and competitive educational landscape. As Iowa continues to prioritize the educational well-being of its students, the ripple effects of this program are bound to shape a brighter future for generations to come.

To learn more about the Iowa Education Savings Voucher please go to https://educate.iowa.gov/pk-12/educational-choice/education-savings-account

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Harvard Study: Student Happiness Boosts Academic Success

Many husbands might say, “When Mama is happy, everyone is happy.” For educators and parents, we would say that when the student is happy and thriving, everyone is happy.

Is happiness really that important? The Harvard Graduate School of Education thinks so. One of their studies showed that student happiness is positively associated with GPA.  Smiling Maharishi School students discuss their adventures at the Destination Imagination Global Finals, 2017.

OK, so happiness supports academic achievement. How can schools support student happiness? The study’s author, Christina Hinton, suggests, “If schools want to support student well-being and achievement, they should take seriously nurturing positive relationships among teachers and students.” She finds that positive relationships are at the heart of happiness.

At Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa we’d take this recommendation one step further. We find that the relationship with the self is at the heart of happiness. When the students can find happiness from within themselves, regardless of the outer circumstances, they aren’t reliant on external relationships to create their happiness.

The problem is that our kids—like us adults—are incessantly pulled outward in the search for happiness. If we are going to equip students with the ability to nurture themselves from within,A Maharishi School student practices Transcendental Meditation in Fairfield, Iowa. Photo credit Fotoveda. we need techniques and time. All of our day and boarding students utilize the twice-daily practice of Transcendental Meditation to unpack stress, lighten the emotional load kids carry, and give them a pipeline to that stable inner self. Once a student taps into their own internal resources to find happiness, they can extend themselves further in their relationship with peers and teachers. Their relationships get deeper and more supportive. It’s a virtuous circle.

What can an educational consultant learn from Harvard? More happiness means higher grades.

And from Maharishi School? Students can produce their own happiness.

All the very best,

Maharishi School Director of Enrollment Managment Carol Chesnutt cuddles her puppy in Fairfield, Iowa.

Carol Chesnutt
Director of Enrollment Management

P.S. Tip of the Week: To create happy students, give them a technique for finding happiness within and watch their relationships improve and their grades go up.