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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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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.

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.

This Week's #PTChat: Are Awards Assemblies Good for Kids?
By Joe Mazza on June 18, 2012

During this week's Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat), we'll discuss the "Awards Assembly," as for many of us, this event is fresh in our minds. What are the benefits? What are the downfalls? Elementary versus secondary? Now's the time to begin thinking/planning/fine-tuning in preparation of the 12-13 school year.

Nurturing a Child's Multiracial Identity
By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Ed.D. on June 15, 2012

We are witnessing a great demographic change in the dramatic increase in the number of children who come from backgrounds that are mixed in racial, ethnic, cultural, national, religious, or other ways. Census data shows that the multiracial population of American children has increased almost 50 percent since 2000, to 4.2 million, making it the fastest growing youth group in the country.

Why Get Engaged if Nothing is Wrong?
By Ryan M. Tracy, Th.M. on June 13, 2012

A large number of parents across all ethnic groups believe schools are doing such a good job at preparing children for college and teaching them basic skills that they don't need to be engaged in their child's education! What? Do parents understand the data? And how can we help them understand the data so that it can inform conversations and actions?

This Week's #PTchat: Bring Your Own Topic!
By Joe Mazza on June 12, 2012

On Wednesday, June 13th, the #PTchat crew will provide an open chat session to close out the school year and help you create a summer plan to take your family engagement efforts to the next level in 2012-2013

Summer Homework for Parents and Kids
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on June 9, 2012

Summer isn't the time to forget about school, but to continue learning about how to help your child succeed. Research indicates that students can lose one to three months of learning during the summer break. Use this time to brush up on your child's new grade and/or school, and how you can become more engaged. In addition, there are many ways you can maintain your child's skills and learning levels while school is out.

Children and Social Justice
By Josette Luvmour Ph.D. on June 6, 2012
Prejudice is learned behavior, not an innate capacity. Children learn to form negative judgments about others when they themselves are not valued at every age or when their feelings are minimized. A child who develops the innate capacities for self-regulation, self-reflection, trust, and empathy is more likely to engage in social justice. Such development is the result of interactions from caring parents and educators who value emotional connection with each child. Read more….   Read more...
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...
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School Bus Bullying? Who's Taking Responsibility?
This Week's #PTChat: Changes Needed on Today's School Buses
Are Parents of Kindergarteners Ready for School?
This Week's #PTChat: Are Awards Assemblies Good for Kids?
Nurturing a Child's Multiracial Identity





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