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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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Why Family Involvement? Because What Happens at Home Comes to School
By Maria Chesley Fisk, PhD on June 3, 2013
   

Our families are, in essence, our living textbooks - they teach lesson after lesson on how much to value hard work, how to manage time, and how to treat ourselves and others. Learn what research says families do that makes a difference to student learning and achievement.

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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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Coping with Anxiety Following Tragedy
By Ryan Rivera, Guest Article on December 18, 2012
   

Worrying about your children? Here are tips for parents coping with anxiety after the Newtown Elementary School shooting.

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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: Partnerships: From Core Beliefs to Practice
By Joe Mazza on November 19, 2012
   

Join us on this week's #PTchat as we take a look at the research on creating and building a home-school partnership, while sharing examples what this looks like in today's schools.

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