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Essential Reads

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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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Welcome to ParentNet® Unplugged, where we invite frank conversations about family engagement in education. Browse, share, and participate in the dialogue! Together, we can build effective family-school-community partnerships that advance children's social, emotional, and intellectual learning and development.
 

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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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Constructive Parent Involvement on the First Day of School: Five Disciplines for Parental Anxiety
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on August 22, 2012
   

Not all parent engagement with school is helpful; some parent involvement can actually interfere with children’s education. When a parent and teacher work together to empower each child they can change the game of school from a game of abilities and achievement to a game of learning from struggle, challenge, mistakes, conflict and disappointment, and becoming stronger, smarter, more adaptive people and bring out the genius in every child.

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To Parents & Educators: From an Attorney with LD/ADHD
By Sarah Price-Mitchell, J.D. on March 27, 2012
   
An attorney talks to parents and educators, not about legal advocacy for kids with LD/ADHD, but about the positive messages that encourage them to fulfill their dreams.   Read more...
 
   
Help! When Should my Child Start Kindergarten?
By Paula J. Hillmann, PhD, LPC on March 8, 2012
   
I just finished watching the March 4, 2012 60 Minutes segment on “red-shirting” and knew immediately this was the topic for my next ParentNet Unplugged blog. OH MY! (as Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz). If you are a parent struggling with decisions related to when to enroll your child in kindergarten, this blog is for you! What IS the yellow brick road?    Read more...
 
   
Help! My Child is so Intense and Sensitive!
By Paula J. Hillmann, PhD, LPC on February 18, 2012
   
I received a call the other day from a mom who was having difficulty with her son’s ‘melt-downs’ over what should be only minor problems. “Please help me!” she said. “Tommy cries at the slightest thing – what can we do to stop this behavior?” Can we “stop” a child's feelings of intensity and sensitivity? Probably not – since they are part of your child’s personality “package.” Can we “change” the behavior? YES!   Read more...
 
   
Parents: Do You Know Your Rights?
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on February 14, 2012
   
Are you one of those parents who is afraid to speak up on behalf of your child because you are afraid of retaliation? Actually, the opposite is true. Knowing and exercising your rights as a parent can help your child succeed in school. An informed and involved parent is a child's best advocate. The parent who advocates for his or her child gets better results than those who remain silent. Here's a Parents' Bill of Rights for you.   Read more...
 
   
How to Support Your Gifted Child's Education
By Paula J. Hillmann, Ph.D. on April 2, 2011
   
Gifted students need parental involvement and support too! This article describes the characteristics of gifted learners, provides examples of the areas where exceptional abilities often occur, describes what to look for in schools and programs for advanced learners, and presents ways of becoming an engaged, collaborative parent.    Read more...
 
   
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