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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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This Week's #PTchat: Summer Reading Programs for K-12 Students
By Joe Mazza on May 14, 2012
   
It's getting closer to June, which means summer vacation for many students will be here before we know it. Some schools require summer reading lists to be completed and others do not. Elementary schools and secondary schools oftentimes look very different in terms of the expectations for summer reading.   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...
 
   
Teaching to the Test is not Education
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on May 8, 2012
   
A child’s relationship with learning has nothing to do with testing. Teaching to the test is not education and actually reduces a student’s love for learning. Standardized testing does not even give us a good reading on a student’s learning or an educator’s effectiveness.
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This Week's #PTChat: Crafting the Partnership
By Joe Mazza on May 7, 2012
   
What do parents look for in their child's teachers? As a parent, if you could stress the importance of one thing to support a new teacher, what would it be? Crafting the "partnership" is the focus of this week’s combined #PTchat / #NTchat on Twitter.   Read more...
 
   
Resisting Raising Children Who Feel Entitled
By Jan Faull, M.Ed. [Guest Article] on May 5, 2012
   
It's easy to see how children can begin to feel entitled. Parents know it's not in their children's best interest to indulge their every whim. They want to change their ways but realize that they've dug themselves into a parenting hole and don't know how to get out of it. What are some solutions?   Read more...
 
   
This Week's #PTChat: Middle & High School Family Engagement Strategies
By Joe Mazza on April 30, 2012
   
This week's 5/2 Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat) on Twitter. According to the Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit provided by the Harvard Family Research Project and the United Way, family engagement tends to drop off as teens enter high school because families are intimidated by the high school environment and feel less confident about supporting their teen’s academic progress at that level.   Read more...
 
   
9 Myths About Tutoring & Learning Outside the Classroom
By Iris Yuan [Guest Article] on April 28, 2012
   
If your child is falling behind on schoolwork, who do you turn to for help? It may seem like the process of finding a tutor outside the classroom is messy, expensive, and just not worth the effort. You might not even know where to start. However, the one-on-one attention may be exactly what your child needs, and finding a qualified and reasonably-priced tutor is not as difficult as you think.   Read more...
 
   
Talk to your Kids About Underage Drinking! They're Listening!
By Tyler Allen [Guest Article] on April 26, 2012
   
After more than two decades of fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, The Century Council celebrates Alcohol Awareness Month with some motivating new statistics. While their Ask, Listen, Learn program travels to schools across the country encouraging kids to “say ’Yes’ to a healthy lifestyle, and ‘No’ to underage drinking,” they also continue to embolden parents to take the lead in talking to their kids about underage drinking at an early age.   Read more...
 
   
Want Cooperative Children? Treat Them As If They Are
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on April 24, 2012
   
By underestimating children's natural inclination for empathy and altruism, adults end up teaching selfishness rather than expanding their repertoire of social skills.   Read more...
 
   
What Parents & Educators Want from Student Assessments
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. on April 19, 2012
   
A must-read report for parents, educators, and school administrators, "For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want from K-12 Assessments" by the Northwest Evaluation Association provides powerful information to discuss the critical role of parents and families in children's education.   Read more...
 
   
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