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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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Common Core Standards: What Parents Need to Know
By Ryan M. Tracy on March 25, 2013
   

Leveling the educational playihg field for all students regardless of their zip code is what Common Core Standards are deemed to provide. But we will need the support of our parents to truly initiate these standards in our states.

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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: Parents' Guide to the Common Core
By Joe Mazza on December 4, 2012
   

The background, history and premise of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is important, but for our families, we need to break down exactly what these new standards look like for each grade level and how parents can support them in the home. The National PTA has recently published a Parents Guide to Student Success in PDF format in multiple languages.

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This Week's #PTchat - Education Through the Eyes of US Presidential Candidates
By Joe Mazza on October 22, 2012
   

This Wednesday night at 9PM EDT/6PM PST, we'll be talking politics and the future of U.S. Education on #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat). Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l), a 17 year-old student and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School will answer questions and offer ideas during our chat according to his lens as a student attending today's schools.

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All Children Deserve Access to College
By Ryan M. Tracy on October 18, 2012
   

All children deserve access to college and we must put aside our stereotypes to believe that all children can attain college if they so desire.

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Do You Know What�s Going on in Your Children�s Schools?
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on July 19, 2012
   

The new school year is on the horizon and it's a perfect time to ramp up your involvement in your children's schools. Remember that an informed parent is a child's best advocate. Here's a pop quiz to test how much you know about your children's schools and your school district.

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School Bus Bullying? Who's Taking Responsibility?
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on June 26, 2012
   

The recent YouTube horror show of seventh graders bullying the school bus monitor is a window into our souls—even into our collective soul. Time to do some soul searching, and a good starting question is Who is taking responsibility and who is not?

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How to Revitalize Your School-Parent Compact
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. on May 15, 2012
   
Does your school have a School-Parent Compact? Is it old and dog-eared -- filed away for no one to see? With the help of the Connecticut Department of Education, your school can revitalize your compact into a meaningful collaborative tool for family engagement!   Read more...
 
   
Teaching to the Test is not Education
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on May 8, 2012
   
A child’s relationship with learning has nothing to do with testing. Teaching to the test is not education and actually reduces a student’s love for learning. Standardized testing does not even give us a good reading on a student’s learning or an educator’s effectiveness.
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What Parents & Educators Want from Student Assessments
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. on April 19, 2012
   
A must-read report for parents, educators, and school administrators, "For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want from K-12 Assessments" by the Northwest Evaluation Association provides powerful information to discuss the critical role of parents and families in children's education.   Read more...
 
   
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