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5 Lessons I've Learned from the First Year of School

Meredith Hale | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Watching my daughter's kindergarten teachers navigate Common Core while getting 20 kids who suddenly all have to go potty to sit criss-cross applesauce is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Coming Out To The Classroom, A Teacher's Story

Paul Emerich France | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Paul Emerich France

The truth is that being gay isn't something I "do" privately. It's a part of who I am, and it has shaped how I view the world. It develops my understanding of the human condition and dictates the empathic interactions I have with each of my students.

Helping Kids to Become Reflective Rebels

Alfie Kohn | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

Compliance remains the central goal of most classroom management programs, character education initiatives and parenting resources. Sure, we stress the virtues of independent thinking and assertiveness, but mostly in the context of getting kids to resist peer pressure

5 Ways To Relieve Homework Stress in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

There are some techniques parents can use that encourage learning. Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

4 Reasons You Should Not Send Your Child to College

Adam Rico | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Adam Rico

Creating an enjoyable career has much more to do with looking inward than it does with chasing high income levels. Understanding your child's personality, strengths and interests will help you influence their post-high school choices.

The Global Search for Education: It's an App App App App World!

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

As apps become more and more significant in our society, are they opening up our world or are they shutting it down? How are the advantages of face to face contact as relevant when we have cutting-edge, digital toys to interact with?


Kelly Hirt | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

My son has been described as compulsive, stubborn and argumentative. But these are negative explanations of the same characteristic that has allowed him to tolerate challenging social and learning issues.

Dear Marcy and Jackie

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Marcy Winograd

Co-authored by Jackie Hirtz Each week, Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, educators with over 20 years of experience working with students from element...

The Debate Over the Role of Private Enterprise in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 03.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

With tighter public budget constraints and frustration over poor services, especially for low-income communities, the need for the kind of public-private dialogue and partnership that Hess and Horn advocate for has never been greater.

Is There a Right Way to Explain Evolution to a 6-Year-Old?

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

She started crying. The contradiction was overwhelming, and my explanation just made things worse. I tried to cheer her up, adding, "Then there were dinosaurs! Apes turned into people!" Full. Mental. Meltdown.

Surviving Early Decision Blues

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

High school seniors set all of their hopes on that one college, and they find out right before their final exams of first semester if they got in. With social media, the notification process is public; when a student gets admitted, everyone knows.

Connecting the Dots of Child Health and Academic Achievement

Alexis Glick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Alexis Glick

If we're not able to solve the child wellness crisis we're currently facing, every other facet of our society will be impacted in the coming decades.

Closing the Global STEM Gap

Anna Maria Chavez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Women
Anna Maria Chavez

By nurturing and encouraging girls' early interest in STEM and making it fun for them, we can keep them engaged, help them perform better in school and ultimately, encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Honey, I Killed the Kids' Love of Reading

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Not that into reading? Keep trying! Stop labeling our kids, and instead start figuring out what they love, what interests them... and make reading the vehicle to learn more about it.

Should You Retake the SAT/ACT?

Chuck Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

The decision to retake the SAT and/or the ACT is a significant one, and you must consider several questions in order to reach the conclusion that is correct for you.

Parents and Teachers Declare War on Common Core

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Anne Hendershott

Those promoting the Common Core standards maintain that local districts can still design their own curriculum to meet these federal standards. But parents and teachers know that standards drive the curriculum.

There's an App for That: A Speech Language Therapist's Perspective

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

There are no shortcuts, even with the iPad, to learning language. Like anything else in life, it's a balance. As parents, teachers, and clinicians, we need to be responsible in how we choose to use technology to facilitate language and learning.

I Might Not Send My Kids to College

Sarah Stewart Holland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sarah Stewart Holland

I'm sorry. I need to save $1,100 A MONTH to send my children to college almost 20 years from now?!? That is insanity.

The Secret to Successful Parenting

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

We are caught up in our society's academic achievement-driven educational system, where our children's "best" is measured academically. This leaves the parent mentoring role in a secondary position, that of urging our children to meet the school's standards.

Hands of Time

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

In the early days, I'd have a mug of coffee on one side of the keyboard, a manual breast pump on the other. I would get up at dawn, as it was the best time for pumping and writing. One activity sustained my girls; the other, me.

Every Child Should Be in Therapy

Renee Jain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

Social and emotional programs are still in their infancy. They need support. They need a voice. If you're a parent, you can find out what your school is doing to implement SEL programming into the curriculum.

Parenting and Teaching the Gifted Child, Part 2

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

One of the most significant steps in educating and guiding the gifted child is an individualized curriculum created for his needs.

Buzzword: Pre-K

Helen Blank | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

As students settle back into their routines, voters across the country prepare to head to the polls. This year, there's a common theme popping up across the country that's of vital importance: the value of expanding Pre-K.

Here's One Way to Wreck a Child's Education: Take Away Recess

Hayley Krischer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

I understand that teachers are trying to control their classroom. I know many of the classrooms give rewards as well as take-away reward systems. But taking away a crucial part of a child's learning -- play -- is unproductive when getting a kid to sit still.

Read Every Day: A Healthy Prescription for Your Child

Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

Reading builds motivation, curiosity and memory. It nurtures children and encourages them to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.