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|Family Engagement is Not Dead!|
|By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD on April 14, 2014|
According to the latest research published in the New York Times and The Atlantic, we can throw away the wisdom of the past several decades and relax. Our kids will do fine if parents “set the stage and then leave it” to schools! But contrary to what you may have read, family engagement remains a vital and important goal of education!Read more...
|How Communities Positively Impact Children|
|By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD on March 24, 2014|
Research shows that communities make a positive difference for children when they connect around common values, form meaningful relationships with each other, and provide resources that help kids flourish in life. Learn how two very different communities are working to make a difference.Read more...
|Celebrating Children's Multicultural Heritages|
|By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu on March 17, 2014|
On the first day of school Mrs. Sullivan, my new teacher, called out my name, “Stephen Murphy” and I raised my hand like she had told us to. She stared at me with a quizzical expression and said sarcastically, “You don’t look like a ‘Stephen Murphy.’” The other children giggled and I was embarrassed and confused. I recall this incident, and others like it, every year when I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.Read more...
|When Children Feel Different|
|By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu on March 6, 2014|
Did you ever feel like you’re the only one who’s different? Then it’s easy to imagine that most kids also feel like that sometimes. And some children feel like that a lot because other kids notice the difference and point it out, often in ways that are hurtful. It makes children feel alienated and they can become lost in an illusion of separateness from others. So I’m always searching for ways to overcome this awful sense of estrangement from life.Read more...
|Teaching Kids How to Give Back During the Holiday Season|
|By Meryl Ain, Ed.D on December 12, 2013|
Do you think the holiday season is more than shopping for the trendiest gifts for your children? Here are some tips for teaching kids how to count their blessings, while giving to their peers who are most in need.Read more...
|Conquer the Tyranny of Normal: How Children Can Suceed|
|By Josette Luvmour, PhD on December 9, 2013|
Children are more than the sum of their capacities. In this post we will discuss a chief cultural mistake that holds children back. It is through connection to the whole-child that each person’s greatness is allowed to emerge. In relationship to one another’s greatness, we all thrive. This post is an excerpt from a recent talk that Ba and I delivered recently at Summa Institute. We will speak to your group or school.Read more...
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