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January 04, 2013

Who Is Your Role Model?

Our children are bombarded with messages about who they can be when they grow up and it's more important now than ever to make sure that were are offering them the opportunity to learn from positive role models.

December 28, 2012

Have You Filled a Bucket Today With a Random Act of Kindness?

Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a tragedy to get people to step back and reflect on life. It shouldn't but it does. Many people try to learn something from even the most horrific of events. The Sandy Hook tragedy is one such event that people are trying to learn from. Some choose to fight about gu...

December 20, 2012

Special Education: A Delicate Balance Between Educating & Enabling

Special education services are vitally important for meeting student needs but there is a delicate balance between educating and enabling.

November 14, 2012

When Parents No Longer Have a Say

Today's blog is written by an outstanding fifth grade teacher in upstate, N.Y. named Brian Rhode. I should know...because I'm his principal. This research shows that some children exhibit reading and writing behaviors in the informal setting of home and community long before they start formal schoo...

October 04, 2012

This Is Not an Implementation Dip. It's Just Bad Practice!

To keep moving forward with so much collateral damage is educational malpractice on the part of those in charge. A few days ago the Niagara Regional PTA (Resolution) in upstate New York passed a resolution to be introduced at the New York State PTA Convention. The resolution calls for a moratorium...

September 12, 2012

Flipping Parent Communication?

"Too often we leave our communication to monthly newsletters or school wide e-mails. There are many changes happening in education, so flipping the communication I have with parents offered me an opportunity to let them know what is going on." The flipped classroom model has been all the rage in s...

July 26, 2012

Are U.S. Children Too Entitled?

A friend of mine was on the train from N.Y.C. to Poughkeepsie and watched as a few young children began jumping around the seats and doing pull-ups on the luggage bars. As much as most adults would prevent their children from doing these activities in the first place, these children were fortunate e...

July 21, 2012

PTA: The Summer Place to Be?

Parental involvement is important. We all know that. There are countless studies that show students who have involved parents do better academically. It's a no brainer that parents have the biggest impact on their children (National Coalition of Parent Involvement in Education). In these times of ch...

June 24, 2012

Why Parents Homeschool

Bullying on the bus... Teasing and torment on the playground... Wear the "right" clothes... Listen to the "right" music... Try to be popular... At a very young age, children have a sense of belonging, which can be both positive and negative. Many students, and some of their parents, believe it's mo...

April 09, 2012

Teacher Job Satisfaction...or Lack There of

"Teachers are also more than four times as likely now than they were five years ago to say that they do not feel their job is secure." The Metlife Survey of the American Teacher The other day I read the Metlife Survey of the American Teacher. To say it was a depressing document to read is an under...

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