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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.

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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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Kindergarten � Successfully Launching Your Child Into the K-12 System
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D on March 4, 2013
   

Is your five-year-old going to kindergarten next fall? Here are some tips to make for a seamless transition for you and your child.

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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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This Week's #PTChat: Creating an Educational Climate at Home
By Joe Mazza on October 1, 2012
   

Parents are the driving force behind their child’s education. The partnership between the home and school is important in the social and educational development of the child.

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Engaging Every Secondary School Family
By Dr. Steven M. Constantino on September 26, 2012
   

A persistent and perennial challenge is focused on engaging secondary school families. The truth is that there are very successful ways to help families engage with their older children. Regardless of their age, every child wants their family engaged. The presence of significant adults in the life of a teenager is essential to their continued growth, development and success. However, it is true that engaging with secondary school students is a tad more daunting, but not impossible!

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This Week's #PTChat: Do Engaged Families Need Support?
By Joe Mazza on September 24, 2012
   

Some refer to the balancing act of “Tiger Mom” vs. “Dolphin Mom.” While these words are extreme, they do offer a range of perspectives in play in the homes of today’s students. What effects do each have on children? Can we push a child too far? Ask them to study or practice too much? Where does the responsibility lie in communicating what is best for the student with parents?

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This Week's #PTChat: Raising Student Self-Esteem w/ Angela Maiers
By Joe Mazza on September 17, 2012
   

#YouMatter - These two words hold so much power and potential in supporting kids in today's world. School students come to us with unlimited potential and oftentimes all it takes is for them to feel a little extra support, confidence and love from their parents and educators to help them rise to the occasion.

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Four Strategies for Helping Gifted Kids Transition Back to School
By Paula J. Hillmann, PhD, LPC on August 29, 2012
   

For many children with gifted and talented abilities, the emotional intensity of starting another school year can be very overwhelming. Here is some information on what school start-up can mean for gifted kids, and tips that may help them and their families cope with their excitabilities and sensitivities to going back to school.

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