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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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Latest Articles:

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.

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.

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?

Students with Strong Roots Can Weather Storms
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed., ABD on November 2, 2012

Many students look at a day off from school as a day off from learning. With student achievement at crisis levels, it is essential that the home base is seen as an institution of learning that fosters both inquiry and empathy.

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.

Summer Days and Personal Reflection
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on August 1, 2012

Summertime and the living is…well…just as busy as any other time of the year. Children home more can mean even busier schedules. Patience can be in short supply when your child spills or breaks something? It is so easy react from habit…and later think, “I wish I hadn’t reacted that way.” There’s an easy way to make a new choice this summer.

Improving Your Child's Thinking This Summer
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD on July 28, 2012

What kind of thinker is your child? Does he ask questions? Does she believe everything her friends suggest? Keeping your child's mind active during the summer and teaching good critical thinking skills not only helps the transition back to school but helps kids become engaged learners. Learn how to help!

How Parental Authority Can Increase Children's Authority
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on July 25, 2012

When parents are confident in the authority that comes with their position, learning from children only enhances parental authority in the eyes of their children.

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.
Creative Thinking
By Dr. Joni Samples on April 14, 2012
Children are naturally creative in their thinking. Our job is to be an active part of the development of that creativity. Playing games, engaging in activities, having conversation, and quiet contemplation expands thinking. Try a few of these activities and see how they might work for you and your child.   Read more...
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