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Question and Answer: 504 Plans, Accommodations, Evaluations

By on August 21, 2016

QUESTION: My adopted son is 8 years old and in the third grade. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and he was a drug baby. He just got a 504 plan, but he has failing grades and I think he

Concussions and Student-Athletes

By on August 21, 2016

Sports-related concussions have been in the news a lot in the past few years. According to the CDC, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a

Teacher Appreciation Day

By on April 23, 2016

“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.”–Dan Rather Today is Teacher Appreciation

Parent/Teacher Conferences

By on November 1, 2015

Parent/teacher conferences are a powerful tool in establishing open lines of communication between parents and teachers. Open communication and joint problem-solving are the keys to a strong partnership between home and school. Here are three typical reasons for a conference,

Doctors and Schools

By on October 4, 2015

Some of the most important professionals in your children’s lives are their teachers and their doctors. Parents depend strongly on the skills and knowledge that these professionals bring to their jobs. Teachers often have an opinion about what the doctor

Homework Problems and Solutions: Part Three

By on October 4, 2015

Last week we discussed how to find the homework policy for your child’s school, the questions to ask at a parent/teacher conference, and possible homework accommodations. This week we’ll talk about how to establish a homework routine and an incentive

Homework Problems and Solutions: Part Two

By on October 4, 2015

Last week we talked about the research on homework and listed four steps that families can take to smooth the process. Here are the first two steps. The first step is to find out if there is an official homework

Homework Problems and Solutions: Part One

By on October 4, 2015

Homework is a huge issue for many families and a frustration for many teachers – and it’s one of the things that kids hate most about school. A common educational myth is that all children need to do homework every

Evidence-Based Practices

By on October 4, 2015

You’ve probably heard about “evidence-based” or “research-based” instructional programs at school.  These programs are based on research that shows that they are actually effective.  A behavior program that is evidence-based has been shown to have a positive effect on student

School Boards

By on September 20, 2015

I talk a lot about putting the PUBLIC back in public education. Everyone in a community is accountable for the quality of their local public schools. The bedrock mission of public education is the development of active, informed American citizens.