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Tim Sullivan
Blogging from the founder of SchoolFamily Media


Back-to-School Starts When?

Jul 09, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Kind of reminds me of Hallmark inventing new holidays to sell more cards, but... Staples has decided that yesterday was the "official start of the back-to-school shopping season."What I really love is the idea that some caref... Read more
Vacation and School

Jul 03, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Back to School

So all 6 of us Sullivans are on vacation this week. We're at Smuggler's Notch in Vermont (America's Family Resort, they call it.) and -- despite rain today -- are having a great time.After a year of typical parent and family ... Read more
Parent Involvement Your Way

Jun 23, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Just found this excellent year-long feature from New Haven, CT. The focus: how several parents made parent involvemnt work for themselves on their own schedules and within their own interests. Great, great stuff. And a lot fo... Read more
Getting Involved (not *how* you get involved) is What Matters

Jun 11, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Back to School

Took me a couple of reads to actually like this story from England about the joys and perils of connecting with the PTO or PTA at your school.My first reaction was to criticize the stereotypical portrayal that parent group vo... Read more
Sneaking learning into summer fun...

Jun 10, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Thought this feature could make for a great brainstorming lead-in. The story focuses on teachers' best ideas for keeping learning alive this summer. Good stuff. Would love to hear your secrets for this every-summer challen... Read more
College-style fundraising coming to a school near you?

Jun 09, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Fundraising

It's certainly a trend, one this Hartford Courant piece captures well. What is it? Districts (or, more often, supporters of the schools in a district) setting major-league fundraising goals and using much more sophisticated ... Read more
More research: parent involvement works!

Jun 03, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

And you thought those dinner conversations and parent-teacher conferences didn't matter :-)....A pair of University of New Hampshire economists add more proof to what we've known for years -- parent involvement makes a proven... Read more
SchoolFamily.com is Here

May 28, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Back to School

Welcome to our newest resource for involved moms and dads -- schoolfamily.com.Today, you'll find tons of great articles for helping you help your school-aged kids do great and helping you and your family keep school sane. Ove... Read more
Making the most of parent-teacher conferences

Oct 22, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Untagged 

Do you find parent-teacher conferences to be: a) enlightening, b) mutually beneficial, or c) about as fun as going to the dentist? If you answered c, you're not alone. Plenty of parents get nervous about meeting with teachers... Read more
Hey Mom, done your homework yet?

Oct 09, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Homework

A high school English teacher in New Jersey is making waves for requiring parents to read the same assignments as their kids and comment about them on his blog. The teacher explained to The New York Times that because parent ... Read more