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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.

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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.

Early Social Education For Children
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on December 5, 2012

So much of what we read about combatting bullying, instilling morality and teaching empathy leaves out our greatest resource: the natural inclinations of children to care about other people. The secret to empowering children to be socially responsible is to treat them as if they are already on it.

How Adults Can Stem the Tide of Bullying
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on October 3, 2012

Do you think bullying is strictly a kid problem? Well, think again. Adults may be inadvertently engaging in behavior that aids and abets bullying. Examine your own words and actions, and be a role model for kindness, caring, and understanding!

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?

This Week's #PTChat: Changes Needed on Today's School Buses
By Joe Mazza on June 25, 2012

A few days ago, the world didn't know much about bus monitor Karen Klein. As I draft his post, the video has almost a million views. The vulgar, disrespectful and inhumane behavior on display by several students in the Greece Central School District in NY is raising questions that need to be addressed by parents and educators. During this week's parent-teacher chat (#PTChat on Twitter), we'll discuss these questions.

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...
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...
Is Publicly Humiliating Children A Way to Teach Respect?
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on March 13, 2012
In the last month, two parents have publicly humiliated their children to teach them lessons. After Tommy Jordan shot at his daughter's laptop and berated her for complaining about him on Facebook, he posted his tirade on YouTube. After her son stole a laptop from a student at school, Talesha Roberson forced her child to sit in their driveway with a sign that read: "I am a thief; I like to steal." Is this good parenting, and does it help schools teach respect?   Read more...
Bullying is Low Where Learning is High
By Rick Ackerly on February 8, 2012
Joan is not naïve. She knows that keeping the children safe includes making sure that bullies get their comeuppance. Just last year she had a child expelled. However, she knows that at the core of a safe environment is the general feeling that it is okay for each of us to be our own imperfect selves. That’s why we go to school anyway, isn’t it? Because we have something to learn.   Read more...
Helping Kids Stand Up to Cyber-Bullies
By Susan Fitzell, M.Ed. [Guest Article] on December 27, 2011
With high profile incidents of cyber-bullying on the rise, school districts across the country are scrambling to find effective ways of dealing with a problem that often occurs after the school bell rings and extends well past school hours.   Read more...
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