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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?

Are Parents of Kindergarteners Ready for School?
By Dr. Joni Samples on June 20, 2012

Well, of course my child is ready for Kindergarten! My child is five. It’s time to start school. Everyone starts school at five so my child is ready; ready to read, ready to sit still, ready to be in line, ready to learn math. Okay, maybe not ready to sit still, but the rest is fine. I think. I hope. Oh shoot, my child is ready but am I? Am I ready to let go? Find out in this new Parent Involvement Matters blog.

Nurturing a Child's Multiracial Identity
By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Ed.D. on June 15, 2012

We are witnessing a great demographic change in the dramatic increase in the number of children who come from backgrounds that are mixed in racial, ethnic, cultural, national, religious, or other ways. Census data shows that the multiracial population of American children has increased almost 50 percent since 2000, to 4.2 million, making it the fastest growing youth group in the country.

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.

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...
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...
This Week's #PTchat: Summer Reading Programs for K-12 Students
By Joe Mazza on May 14, 2012
It's getting closer to June, which means summer vacation for many students will be here before we know it. Some schools require summer reading lists to be completed and others do not. Elementary schools and secondary schools oftentimes look very different in terms of the expectations for summer reading.   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...
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...
Talk to your Kids About Underage Drinking! They're Listening!
By Tyler Allen [Guest Article] on April 26, 2012
After more than two decades of fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, The Century Council celebrates Alcohol Awareness Month with some motivating new statistics. While their Ask, Listen, Learn program travels to schools across the country encouraging kids to “say ’Yes’ to a healthy lifestyle, and ‘No’ to underage drinking,” they also continue to embolden parents to take the lead in talking to their kids about underage drinking at an early age.   Read more...
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