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» A Culture that Engages Every Family, Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D.

» How to Revitalize Your School-Parent Compact, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.

» How Do You Know if You're Really Open to Partnership, Anne Henderson & Karen Mapp

»PTA--Gateway to Engagement, Advocacy, and Access, Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

» The Power of Asking-Instead of Telling, Jody McVittie, M.D.

» Empathy in Action, Rick Ackerly, Ed.M.



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Why Family Involvement? Because What Happens at Home Comes to School
By Maria Chesley Fisk, PhD on June 3, 2013
   

Our families are, in essence, our living textbooks - they teach lesson after lesson on how much to value hard work, how to manage time, and how to treat ourselves and others. Learn what research says families do that makes a difference to student learning and achievement.

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This Week's #PTChat: Pros & Cons of Longer School Days
By Joe Mazza on December 9, 2012
   

Five states have approved adding 300 hours to school days in an effort to close achievement gaps and re-imagine the school day. Join us to discuss the pros and cons of kids spending more time at school!

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This Week's #PTchat - Recognizing Students for In & Out of School Accomplishments
By Joe Mazza on November 26, 2012
   

In June, we spent an hour on #PTchat talking about whether Awards Assemblies were best for all kids. We agreed it was good to recognize students for all they do, but one takeaway highlighted how difficult it is for some students to be a part of the audience when year after year, their names are NOT the ones called, even if they made great strides during the school year.

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This Week's #PTChat: Making Home Visits Successful
By Joe Mazza on November 6, 2012
   

This week’s Parent-Teacher Chat on Twitter focuses on “home visits” made by educators to engage families. Virginia Supt. Dr. Steve Constantino and Iowa Principal JimmyCasas will join us as experienced resources for this discussion.

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This Week's #PTChat: A Conference Especially for Parents
By Joe Mazza on October 15, 2012
   

During this week's #PTChat on Twitter, we'll discuss ideas on how to provide parents with training both in traditional and un-conference-like offerings. We'll discuss the role of teachers, parents, leaders, and students -- and potentially plan an actual "ParentCamp." Join us!

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Playgrounds in Norway and Denmark
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on October 10, 2012
   

While traveling recently, I had the pleasure of coming across the most enjoyable playgrounds for children both at schools and in public areas. These playgrounds were so simple yet wide open for creative imaginative play. I discovered that Europe is a leader is uniting children with spontaneous play in playground design.

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Plane Rides Make Learning Fun
By Dr. Joni Samples on August 4, 2012
   

Every activity can be a new learning experience for a child. Moms, Grandmoms, Dads, sister, and brothers can be the "teacher" and the child can soak up learning like a dry sponge attracts water. In this article, see how well three-year-old Ben takes to learning on a plane ride. Every first time event is new to a child so let's make it the best and fullest learning experience possible.

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Adults Develop in Relationship with Their Children
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on June 30, 2012
   

Parenting can be a transformational experience that changes an adult for their lifetime. In the old days, it was thought that when we raised our children, the influence ran from adult to child, from us to them. We now know that adult development and child development are interconnected—in an intricate dance of mutual development. Nurturing development in the child leads to the emergence of new-meaning, self-knowledge, and ultimately wisdom in the adult.

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