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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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Should Schools Teach Values or is that the Parents� Responsibility?
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on August 25, 2013
   

Teachers have to work harder because parents are doing a bad job of teaching morality and values? There was a time when teachers didn’t have to teach morality, values and “behavior?” This kind of talk can only come from people who don't understand education.

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Connecting is the Key to Educating
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on May 27, 2013
   

Connecting is the key to educating. The relationship we build may not be the only thing we accomplish when we teach, but it is far ahead of whatever else is in second place.

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When Parents Advocate for the Right Stuff
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on March 7, 2013
   

When we parents advocate for our children, let's make sure we advocate for the right things.

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Social Anxiety Disorder v Ashley
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on January 18, 2013
   

When a child isn’t playing the game of school perfectly, it is not a problem; it is a challenge. Description rather than diagnosis is called for, creative thinking rather than problem solving. The medical model does not apply in education. It’s a different discipline all together.

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5 Ways to Help Kids Accept Being "Different"
By Jane Bongato, M.A., Guest Blogger on January 6, 2013
   

Being comfortable with our gender, race, personality, appearance, or abilities is something that most people struggle with well into adulthood. So it’s no wonder kids feel insecure about traits or characteristics that are perceived as “different.”

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Five New Year's Resolutions for Parents
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D. on December 26, 2012
   

New Year’s is a time to reflect on the past and make plans for the future. Why not use this time to reflect on the genius in your child, and then make plans to nurture that genius throughout the year?

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Early Social Education For Children
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on December 5, 2012
   

So much of what we read about combatting bullying, instilling morality and teaching empathy leaves out our greatest resource: the natural inclinations of children to care about other people. The secret to empowering children to be socially responsible is to treat them as if they are already on it.

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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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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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How Adults Can Stem the Tide of Bullying
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on October 3, 2012
   

Do you think bullying is strictly a kid problem? Well, think again. Adults may be inadvertently engaging in behavior that aids and abets bullying. Examine your own words and actions, and be a role model for kindness, caring, and understanding!

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