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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.

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.

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.

A is for Attendance
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed. on September 12, 2012

As we embark upon a new school year, parents along with students have to focus on how best to experience a successful year. Attendance rates are a crucial part of academic success

Nashville Nuggets
By Dr. Joni Samples on August 12, 2012

Title I Schools are some of our most challenging and most rewarding.There is innovated thinking happening in some of these schools. Nashville is trying a new role to connect schools to families to learning. This week Nashville's Transformational Facilitators met to create a vision, a plan, and to coach their way to new ways to connect.

How Parental Authority Can Increase Children's Authority
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on July 25, 2012

When parents are confident in the authority that comes with their position, learning from children only enhances parental authority in the eyes of their children.

Are Parents of Kindergarteners Ready for School?
By Dr. Joni Samples on June 20, 2012

Well, of course my child is ready for Kindergarten! My child is five. It’s time to start school. Everyone starts school at five so my child is ready; ready to read, ready to sit still, ready to be in line, ready to learn math. Okay, maybe not ready to sit still, but the rest is fine. I think. I hope. Oh shoot, my child is ready but am I? Am I ready to let go? Find out in this new Parent Involvement Matters blog.

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...
Parent Engagement in Education: Transforming Schools and our Communities
By Myrdin Thompson on May 17, 2012
Parents who are actively engaged in their school communities should also be seen as essential partners in community transformation. All voices are needed in the dialogue concerning creating a viable and healthy future for our children.    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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