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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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Should Schools Teach Values or is that the Parents� Responsibility?
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on August 25, 2013
   

Teachers have to work harder because parents are doing a bad job of teaching morality and values? There was a time when teachers didn’t have to teach morality, values and “behavior?” This kind of talk can only come from people who don't understand education.

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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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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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This Week's #PTChat: Engaging Families with Students Affected by Autism
By Joe Mazza on August 13, 2012
   

Today, 1 in 88 children are affected by autism. Boys are more at risk with a 1 in 54 ratio. Many of us completed coursework in college where the term "autism" wasn't even on the radar for pre-service teacher training. As a result, in 2012 many school teachers and leaders without specialized training are oftentimes at a loss when it comes to knowing what to do for students affected by autism, as well as how to engage their families.

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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?

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What is in Your Discipline Toolbox?
By Jody McVittie, MD on June 2, 2012
   
Most of us have days when discipline "works" - when we show up as the adult that we want to be while still setting appropriate limits. There are other days though (when we are stressed), when we can hear our own parents' or teachers' voices (when they were stressed) coming out of our mouths. The good news is that there are lots of simple, respectful (to both the child and adult) tools that are effective in the long term.    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...
 
   
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