Viewing: January, 2016

Grit

By on January 31, 2016

What do you think about when you hear the word “grit”? The first thing that springs to my mind is a three year old in a sandbox or a pair of old sneakers! But then I think about persistence, self-discipline,

Student Support Staff II: Nurses and Social Workers

By on January 30, 2016

To successfully navigate public school, parents need to know who works in schools and what they do. This is true in most institutional, bureaucratic settings – you have to know who to call, who can get something done, and who

Positive Problem-Solving

By on January 24, 2016

What are some steps you can take to be an effective, positive presence for your child in school? How can you focus on problem-solving and cooperation when there are issues at school? The first step is to be a “partner

Student Support Staff I: School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors

By on January 24, 2016

If parents are going to successfully navigate public school, they need to know who works in schools and what they do. This is true in most institutional, bureaucratic settings – you have to know who to call, who can get

Assistant Principals and Lead Teachers/Instructional Coaches

By on January 16, 2016

Earlier this week we talked about the importance of understanding the roles and responsibilities of the school staff. We started with the building principal, because that is the person with the most day-to-day authority over what happens with your child

School Principals

By on January 16, 2016

To really understand how to navigate public schools, we need to understand the people who work in them every day – the people who are bound by the rules and policies of the public school bureaucracy. Job descriptions are tightly

Obstacles to Home/School Partnerships

By on January 10, 2016

Schools talk about engaging parents in the school community and parents talk about getting more involved in their child’s school. Why is it so difficult to make this happen? Most public schools operate on an 8:00 to 3:00 traditional calendar

School Discipline

By on January 10, 2016

All school systems have discipline policies that are based on state and federal law and local school board regulations. The overall purpose of school discipline policy is to keep our children safe and healthy in a respectful environment that allows

Self-Esteem

By on January 3, 2016

Many parents are very concerned about their child’s self-esteem, and believe that a big part of their job as parents is to protect it. But very often what happens instead is that children are protected from challenges and from the

PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN: A CALL TO ACTION

By on January 3, 2016

I need your help with my next book project: A book for teachers, student support staff, and school administrators about how to effectively engage families and form effective partnerships with parents. Working title: “Calling All School Personnel: What Parents Want