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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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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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Summer Homework for Parents and Kids
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on June 9, 2012
   

Summer isn't the time to forget about school, but to continue learning about how to help your child succeed. Research indicates that students can lose one to three months of learning during the summer break. Use this time to brush up on your child's new grade and/or school, and how you can become more engaged. In addition, there are many ways you can maintain your child's skills and learning levels while school is out.

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Children and Social Justice
By Josette Luvmour Ph.D. on June 6, 2012
   
Prejudice is learned behavior, not an innate capacity. Children learn to form negative judgments about others when they themselves are not valued at every age or when their feelings are minimized. A child who develops the innate capacities for self-regulation, self-reflection, trust, and empathy is more likely to engage in social justice. Such development is the result of interactions from caring parents and educators who value emotional connection with each child. Read more….   Read more...
 
   
Entitlement & the Pursuit of Happiness
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on May 30, 2012
   
The pursuit of happiness can lead to a sense of entitlement in our children, putting them at risk. After all, "unhappy" things: conflict, mistakes, failure, loss, disappointment and loneliness are where so much important learning can take place. Therefore, helping our children to face challenges is an important role for all educators. However, we adults have to overcome our natural tendency to avoid these challenges, ourselves.    Read more...
 
   
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...
 
   
Empowering Children to Realize Their Potential for Good
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed. on May 11, 2012
   
Student learning takes place both inside of the classroom and out. Here's a valuable lesson that can positively impact both academic and social growth for students.   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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9 Myths About Tutoring & Learning Outside the Classroom
By Iris Yuan [Guest Article] on April 28, 2012
   
If your child is falling behind on schoolwork, who do you turn to for help? It may seem like the process of finding a tutor outside the classroom is messy, expensive, and just not worth the effort. You might not even know where to start. However, the one-on-one attention may be exactly what your child needs, and finding a qualified and reasonably-priced tutor is not as difficult as you think.   Read more...
 
   
Empathy in Action
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on April 3, 2012
   

Want a happy, industrious home and school? Don't try to "teach empathy." Act as if kids are wired for empathy.

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To Parents & Educators: From an Attorney with LD/ADHD
By Sarah Price-Mitchell, J.D. on March 27, 2012
   
An attorney talks to parents and educators, not about legal advocacy for kids with LD/ADHD, but about the positive messages that encourage them to fulfill their dreams.   Read more...
 
   
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