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|This Week's #PTChat: Pros & Cons of Longer School Days|
|By Joe Mazza on December 9, 2012|
Five states have approved adding 300 hours to school days in an effort to close achievement gaps and re-imagine the school day. Join us to discuss the pros and cons of kids spending more time at school!Read more...
|This Week's #PTChat: Parents' Guide to the Common Core|
|By Joe Mazza on December 4, 2012|
The background, history and premise of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is important, but for our families, we need to break down exactly what these new standards look like for each grade level and how parents can support them in the home. The National PTA has recently published a Parents Guide to Student Success in PDF format in multiple languages.Read more...
|This Week's #PTchat - Recognizing Students for In & Out of School Accomplishments|
|By Joe Mazza on November 26, 2012|
In June, we spent an hour on #PTchat talking about whether Awards Assemblies were best for all kids. We agreed it was good to recognize students for all they do, but one takeaway highlighted how difficult it is for some students to be a part of the audience when year after year, their names are NOT the ones called, even if they made great strides during the school year.Read more...
|This Week's #PTChat: Partnerships: From Core Beliefs to Practice|
|By Joe Mazza on November 19, 2012|
Join us on this week's #PTchat as we take a look at the research on creating and building a home-school partnership, while sharing examples what this looks like in today's schools.Read more...
|This Week's #PTchat - Creating a Positive Learning Environment At Home & At School|
|By Joe Mazza on November 13, 2012|
Maxine Shaw, Head of Hazelwood School in Surrey, England said in an article for the autumn issue of Attain Magazine, “The very best schools will set children on a journey.” She continues on to say, “…each child sees themselves as an octopus, in a string bag, on a zip wire. As the child travels along the zip wire they will be able to swing away from the central line, grabbing every opportunity that is offered to them.”Read more...
|This Week's #PTChat: Making Home Visits Successful|
|By Joe Mazza on November 6, 2012|
This week’s Parent-Teacher Chat on Twitter focuses on “home visits” made by educators to engage families. Virginia Supt. Dr. Steve Constantino and Iowa Principal JimmyCasas will join us as experienced resources for this discussion.Read more...
|Open Mic Night at #PTChat|
|By Joe Mazza on October 30, 2012|
This week, we're providing a special 60-day school-year check-in and opening up the conversation to your individual and school needs. How do you struggle with engaging families?Read more...
|This Week's #PTchat - Education Through the Eyes of US Presidential Candidates|
|By Joe Mazza on October 22, 2012|
This Wednesday night at 9PM EDT/6PM PST, we'll be talking politics and the future of U.S. Education on #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat). Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l), a 17 year-old student and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School will answer questions and offer ideas during our chat according to his lens as a student attending today's schools.Read more...
|This Week's #PTChat: A Conference Especially for Parents|
|By Joe Mazza on October 15, 2012|
During this week's #PTChat on Twitter, we'll discuss ideas on how to provide parents with training both in traditional and un-conference-like offerings. We'll discuss the role of teachers, parents, leaders, and students -- and potentially plan an actual "ParentCamp." Join us!Read more...
|This Week's #PTChat: The Connected Parent: What does it mean for kids?|
|By Joe Mazza on October 8, 2012|
As social media continues to expand its global reach at an astronomical pace (460,000 new registrations per day on Twitter), parents are taking note. 80% of those 460K sign-ups are between the ages of 18-35 - the age of many of our elementary school parents here in 2012.Read more...
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|Parents as teachers (50)|
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|EdTech Resources (3)|
|Social Media (25)|
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|PTA - PTO (10)|
|Ed Reform (22)|
|Mom Congress (1)|
|Managing Your Child�s Food Allergy at School|
|Volunteer Deja Vu All Over Again|
|Employing Restorative Measures to Stop Bullying|
|Should Schools Teach Values or is that the Parents� Responsibility?|
|Make Summer Reading a Priority|