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School Bureaucracy IV: Be a Positive Voice for Change!

By on August 23, 2015

Last time we talked about school bureaucracy and how parents and teachers can put themselves in a position to influence policies and decisions. Today we’ll discuss other ways to be a positive voice for change. Parents can become a positive

School Bureaucracy III: Practical Suggestions for Effective Action

By on August 23, 2015

Several of you, both parents and teachers, have expressed interest in some practical ideas for impacting the school bureaucracy. I think we all know that big issues need big solutions – school reform will require a change in how we

School Bureaucracy II: The Rules of the Game

By on August 23, 2015

Last time we discussed the nature of the school bureaucracy, and how the underlying incentives and consequences do not support creativity and innovation. Navigating public school for our own children requires an understanding of the underlying “rules of the game”

School Bureaucracy I: The Nature of the Beast!

By on August 23, 2015

I’m sure that all of you have been angry or frustrated at one time or another with the public schools – the rules and policies can be so inflexible and trivial! But here’s the thing – most of what is

Routines that Support School Learning: Homework Routine

By on August 8, 2015

School is starting! Are your children ready to learn? Children who are ready to learn are well-rested, fed, and dressed appropriately. They arrive at school on time, with completed homework in their backpacks. The easiest way to make sure that

Routines that Support School Learning: Morning Routine

By on August 8, 2015

A brand new school year is upon us. Are your children ready to learn? Children who are ready to learn are well-rested, fed, and dressed appropriately. They arrive at school on time, with completed homework in their backpacks. They have

Routines that Support School Learning: Evening Routine

By on August 8, 2015

The purpose of a good evening routine is to get everyone calm and settled enough to get to sleep at a decent hour. When children do not get enough sleep, their school work and school behavior suffers. Sometimes children who

Getting Ready for a New School Year

By on August 6, 2015

Have you thought about getting ready for the new school year? Here’s a checklist! Does your child want to play in the band or go out for a sport? There are usually camps and workouts that start in the weeks

Going to Kindergarten!

By on August 6, 2015

Some of you will be waving goodbye this year to a little one going to kindergarten – and whether it’s the first one or the last one, it’s awfully hard to see them go out into the real world, toting