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Parents Advocating for Change _ and getting it

Jan 30, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Front page of the Washington Post today features a well-done story on today's parents getting more organized, more educated and often more effective at advocating for change in their schools and their districts. All around --... Read more
School Message for Barack _ Start with Parents

Jan 22, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Got this note/column from my friend Leanna Landsmann. She and Bill Jackson (of GreatSchools.net) wrote this spot-on column for EdWeek this week (Jan 21 issue). Rather than spouting off, how about I just share it.(Wait, I'll s... Read more
Does PreSchool Hurt or Harm Kids?

Jan 21, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kindergarten

As usual, Sue Shellenbarger over at the Wall Street Journal's Work & Family space, does a nice job balancing both sides of a heated issue with this column on preschool research. Her conclusion: Do kids need preschool? No.... Read more
Keeping Kids Safe Online in 2009

Jan 16, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Internet Safety

Reading about this common-sense new cyber-bullying law from California, reminded to highlight several new efforts and resources that are worth a look:1. Really like these Internet Safety Tips from our friends at Norton.2. It'... Read more
Ugh -- Can't use word "school". Give me a break.

Jan 06, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

So the town muckety-mucks in this English town have banned the word "school" when referring to their new "learning center". School, it seems, has negative connotations. We'll call this the early 2010 leader for nuttiest edu... Read more
My Child Won't Do Homework. Help.

Dec 31, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Homework

Feel like I've been reading Barbara Meltz's advice in the Boston Globe forever. Always balanced and rational. Here, she tackles a common lament: what to do when your child (in this case a 13-year-old) just won't take care ... Read more
One Laptop_ One Child for the Holidays

Dec 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology

If you're still looking for a cause, here's a nice one with a real School-family feel:Zimi's StoryHere's the One Laptop website if you'd like to learn more.... Read more
National Handwriting Day and Writing Worksheets

Dec 15, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kids Writing

Like this handwriting/inauguration idea from the folks at Handwriting Without Tears. Could be a great activity for a long holiday school vacation.We have a ton of downloadables here on our site, too, including a bunch on writ... Read more
Join the PTO? Love it or hate it?

Dec 04, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement

All of us school parents have faced this dilemma, I imagine. Should I get involved with, how much should I get involved with or should I run away from the PTO or PTA at the kids' school?Of course, here at schoolfamily.com, we... Read more
Parent Involvement and Video Games and School

Dec 02, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Short story from the Washington Post on video games and kids, but the fundamental truth lies in two simple sentences:It called for parents to know what and how much their kids are playing. Too much gaming or too much video-ga... Read more