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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.

Social Anxiety Disorder v Ashley
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on January 18, 2013

When a child isn’t playing the game of school perfectly, it is not a problem; it is a challenge. Description rather than diagnosis is called for, creative thinking rather than problem solving. The medical model does not apply in education. It’s a different discipline all together.

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.

Drugs and Alcohol Affect Family Engagement
By Dr. Joni Samples on October 6, 2012

I'd like your help with one of the groups we called disenfranchised. We could all use help with those that we can't reach. Parents engaged in drug and alcohol abuse are, to me, some of the most difficult to engage in their children's learning. This is an invitation to share your expertise. Suggestions anyone?

Summer Days and Personal Reflection
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on August 1, 2012

Summertime and the living is…well…just as busy as any other time of the year. Children home more can mean even busier schedules. Patience can be in short supply when your child spills or breaks something? It is so easy react from habit…and later think, “I wish I hadn’t reacted that way.” There’s an easy way to make a new choice this summer.

This Week's #PTchat: Helping Families Cope with Tragedy
By Joe Mazza on July 22, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those dealing with the horrific Colorado theatre shooting that occurred this past Friday night. Many lost their lives and were injured physically and emotionally as a result. Schools can offer a great deal of support during times of family tragedy.

Adults Develop in Relationship with Their Children
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on June 30, 2012

Parenting can be a transformational experience that changes an adult for their lifetime. In the old days, it was thought that when we raised our children, the influence ran from adult to child, from us to them. We now know that adult development and child development are interconnected—in an intricate dance of mutual development. Nurturing development in the child leads to the emergence of new-meaning, self-knowledge, and ultimately wisdom in the adult.

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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