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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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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.

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This Week's #PTChat: Raising Kids to Be Good Cyber Citizens
By Joe Mazza on June 4, 2012
   
Annie Fox joins #PTchat this Wednesday night, June 6th at 9PM EDT to discuss the ways parents and teachers can raise kids to be good cyber citizens. We will discuss appropriate strategies for students in kindergarten through high school during our one hour chat.    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...
 
   
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...
 
   
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...
 
   
Empathy in Action
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on April 3, 2012
   

Want a happy, industrious home and school? Don't try to "teach empathy." Act as if kids are wired for empathy.

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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...
 
   
Do You Trust Your Child? Emotional Development in Middle Childhood
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on March 24, 2012
   
Of all the gifts we can give our children, trusting relationships may well be one of the most important. Middle childhood is a prime time for developing this kind of relationship with a parent or other caregiver, and the way to do is this is remarkably simple. Dr. Josette Luvmour shows why this is true and how you can go about establishing relationships of loving trust with your child—an important foundation for future relationships.   Read more...
 
   
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