Your Holiday Survival Guide
The holidays are coming. From eagerly anticipated to dreaded, spending time with family—or spending time alone—can bring up a range of feelings. This month’s Upbeat News is your holiday survival guide, with tips for better family manners, common myths that can interfere with stress management, and ways to get students talking about holidays and family gatherings. We’re also pleased to introduce our latest addition to the Best Behavior ® series, Worries Are Not Forever. With two versions, a paperback for ages 4–7 and a board book for ages 1–4, Worries Are Not Forever provides anxious little ones with an explanation of worries and tips to manage them. Finally, learn how to integrate visual learning and teaching strategies into your instruction with the free PLC/Book Study Guide for Visual Learning and Teaching.

New Release Spotlight
The Best Behavior series gets a new addition to its lineup with Worries Are Not Forever . Available in both paperback (for ages 4–7) and board book (for ages 1–4) formats, Worries Are Not Forever provides age-appropriate messaging and tips to help young children understand what worries are and how to manage them.
Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Elizabeth Verdick, coauthor of Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves, offers five ways to get kids talking about and coping with stress.  Read now.
The holidays can be a joyful time for many of us. But the holidays can be a stressful time too. James J. Crist, Ph.D., offers tips to help kids navigate holiday stress successfully. Read now.
Educational grants available for your school or community:

AAUW (formerly American Association of University Women), through its Community Action Grants Program, provides funds for innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on kindergarten through grade 12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievement in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and to those projects that seek community partners such as local schools or school districts, businesses, and other community-based organizations.

Eligibility: Individuals, AAUW branches and state organizations, and local nonprofit organizations.
Prize: One-year awards range from $2,000 to $7,000, and two-year awards range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Deadline: Applications are due December 1, 2018.

The National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award, guided by the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. These programs empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.

Eligibility: Public, private, charter.
Prize: Grants of $10,000 are awarded.
Deadline: Online applications are due January 1, annually.
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Learn how to use visual learning and teaching strategies and tools to boost student engagement in today’s classroom and reach all learners with this PLC/Book Study Guide adapted from Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K–8 by Susan Daniels, Ph.D. 

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Upcoming Events and Conferences 

November 14–17: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Washington, DC

November 14–18: National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Minneapolis, MN
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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
—Maya Angelou, American author and poet