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Creative Thinking
By Dr. Joni Samples on April 14, 2012
   
Children are naturally creative in their thinking. Our job is to be an active part of the development of that creativity. Playing games, engaging in activities, having conversation, and quiet contemplation expands thinking. Try a few of these activities and see how they might work for you and your child.   Read more...
 
   
Important Questions for Engaging Every Family
By Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D. on April 12, 2012
   
Engaging every family is a commitment from schools and communities that has far-reaching effects on the learning outcomes of all children. These two questions go directly to the heart of whether or not we have the will to transform our schools so that every family is engaged, every family is empowered and every family feels as though they have the efficacy to support and nurture the education of their children.    Read more...
 
   
Parent Power: Be Engaged in Your School District's Budget Process
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on April 10, 2012
   
Have you heard that your school district is closing schools, raising class size, or eliminating arts education? Has anyone asked you to attend a budget meeting or write a letter to the local media about looming budget cuts? As a concerned and engaged parent, it's time you got involved. Parents have power in determining how their school districts spend money. Speak up to preserve programs and services that are important to your children!   Read more...
 
   
From Mis-takes to Compassion
By Jody McVittie, MD on April 5, 2012
   
The distinction between "I made a mistake" and "I am a mistake" is a big deal. When we make a mistake, we may feel bad, but we can learn from what we did. When we come to the erroneous conclusion that we are a mistake, that there is something wrong with us as a person or that we are defective, that becomes the main "learning."   Read more...
 
   
Empathy in Action
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on April 3, 2012
   

Want a happy, industrious home and school? Don't try to "teach empathy." Act as if kids are wired for empathy.

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Parent Engagement: Do you have a policy on that?
By Myrdin Thompson on March 31, 2012
   

Many states have adopted policies that describe effective family engagement and how to measure its success.  But far too often, schools and district's fail to follow through on policies. The result? Parents are left to define engagement on their own. By working together we can create solid partnerships and greater student success.

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To Parents & Educators: From an Attorney with LD/ADHD
By Sarah Price-Mitchell, J.D. on March 27, 2012
   
An attorney talks to parents and educators, not about legal advocacy for kids with LD/ADHD, but about the positive messages that encourage them to fulfill their dreams.   Read more...
 
   
Do You Trust Your Child? Emotional Development in Middle Childhood
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on March 24, 2012
   
Of all the gifts we can give our children, trusting relationships may well be one of the most important. Middle childhood is a prime time for developing this kind of relationship with a parent or other caregiver, and the way to do is this is remarkably simple. Dr. Josette Luvmour shows why this is true and how you can go about establishing relationships of loving trust with your child—an important foundation for future relationships.   Read more...
 
   
Parents and Teachers as Allies for Student Success
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. on March 20, 2012
   
How can teachers and parents work together as allies for student success? Margery B. Ginsberg, Ph.D., associate professor of education at the University of Washington provides insights that improve two-way communication and create school improvement partnerships   Read more...
 
   
Bringing PRIDE to Parent Engagement
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed. on March 15, 2012
   
Parental Engagement is not for the feint of heart. It is tough, often messy and not always popular. If this were your day job, you'd use up all of your vacation days, but alas...   Read more...
 
   
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