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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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Employing Restorative Measures to Stop Bullying
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on September 4, 2013

Back to school is here and the topic of Bullying in schools in on everyone’s mind. We now know that exclusionary discipline harms children and communities. In this blog-post I share some useful tools that I learned at a recent conference that focused on Restorative Justice Discipline for schools.

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.

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.

What is in Your Discipline Toolbox?
By Jody McVittie, MD on June 2, 2012
Most of us have days when discipline "works" - when we show up as the adult that we want to be while still setting appropriate limits. There are other days though (when we are stressed), when we can hear our own parents' or teachers' voices (when they were stressed) coming out of our mouths. The good news is that there are lots of simple, respectful (to both the child and adult) tools that are effective in the long term.    Read more...
The Keys to School Success Begin At Home
By Sharon Youngman M.Ed/C.L.C. [Guest Article] on May 31, 2012
Children reap the synergistic effects of school and home when parents and educators align goals that provide consistent expectations that strengthen student’s emotional, intellectual and social development. It may be the secret ingredient to empowering our failing public schools.   Read more...
Resisting Raising Children Who Feel Entitled
By Jan Faull, M.Ed. [Guest Article] on May 5, 2012
It's easy to see how children can begin to feel entitled. Parents know it's not in their children's best interest to indulge their every whim. They want to change their ways but realize that they've dug themselves into a parenting hole and don't know how to get out of it. What are some solutions?   Read more...
From Mis-takes to Compassion
By Jody McVittie, MD on April 5, 2012
The distinction between "I made a mistake" and "I am a mistake" is a big deal. When we make a mistake, we may feel bad, but we can learn from what we did. When we come to the erroneous conclusion that we are a mistake, that there is something wrong with us as a person or that we are defective, that becomes the main "learning."   Read more...
Bringing PRIDE to Parent Engagement
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed. on March 15, 2012
Parental Engagement is not for the feint of heart. It is tough, often messy and not always popular. If this were your day job, you'd use up all of your vacation days, but alas...   Read more...
Is Publicly Humiliating Children A Way to Teach Respect?
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on March 13, 2012
In the last month, two parents have publicly humiliated their children to teach them lessons. After Tommy Jordan shot at his daughter's laptop and berated her for complaining about him on Facebook, he posted his tirade on YouTube. After her son stole a laptop from a student at school, Talesha Roberson forced her child to sit in their driveway with a sign that read: "I am a thief; I like to steal." Is this good parenting, and does it help schools teach respect?   Read more...
The Power of Asking - Instead of Telling
By Jody McVittie, MD on March 3, 2012
Why don’t kids do what we tell them to do? Radical thought: maybe because we are telling them. When you tell someone what to do they don’t have to think. They can listen or not listen – but then it goes away. Is that what we really want? For us or for them?   Read more...
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