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Tim Sullivan
Breakfast before School Works -- More Proof

Nov 21, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Breakfast, Parent Involvement

Sometimes parent involvement doesn't have to be that complicated. Example: finding a way to make sure your child has breakfast before school is a fundamental step that all parents can take.We've been saying it for years with ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
President-elect Obama attends parent-teacher conferences, too

Nov 20, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

This a week or two old, but the Obamas made time recently to attend the parent-teacher conferences for their daughters. Love the fact that they went, obviously. Why wouldn't they, right? Not like they're busy or anything.Laug... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Can parents be at school too much?

Nov 17, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Helicopter Parents

That's the intriguing question posed by Lisa Belkin over at the NYTimes moterlode page.From where I sit, the answer is clearly "yes", but I think it's probably the wrong question. Better to ask if parents can be too involved ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Our Schools Work

Nov 03, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Standardized Testing

I'm sure you've heard that our schools are failing us, that international students kick our kids' fannies on tests,and that we'll all be working for the Chinese and Indians in just a few years, right? Those assertions have al... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Saying N-O is O-K

Oct 31, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Little blurb here about the value of actually saying "no" once in a while to our kids. It's apparently part of a wider program in Minnesota called: "Say Yes to No." Interesting.I felt like the spirit of the linked anecdote ca... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Bake Sale Ban _ California _ Bunk

Oct 30, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Fundraising

Hope that headline is clear enough, but - man-oh-man! -- I really can't stand it when regulators go crazy and good intentions go way, way too far. That's what's happening in California, where new, increasingly egregiousfood r... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule Slots

Oct 24, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent-Teacher Conference

I always find "The Juggle" blog from the Wall Street Journal (yup -- the WSJ) to be thought-provoking and timely, especially this post about which parents should get the good parent-teacher conference slots? The writer's good... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Birthday Club and Kids' Birthday Parties

Oct 20, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in PTOs and PTAs

Really like this idea from a couple of kids at a Florida school. (And -- yes --I may especially like it because we're right in the middle of our 4 fall birthdays at our house.) The spirit and simplicity of this plan is very a... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Print and Use Tools for School Families

Oct 14, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in SchoolFamily.com, Fun Learning Activities

One of the things I'm enjoying most about our schoolfamily.com site is how the content and tools keep growing week after week. Rather than big 2.0 and 3.0 launches, our team works behind-the-scenes adding more and more to the... Read more
SchoolFamily
Homework Personality

Oct 10, 2008 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Homework

This is a guest by post by Angela Norton Tyler, of Family Homework Answers. Angela is a teacher and parent from the Sacramento, California area. She has been a classroom teacher, an elementary school reading specialist, and h... Read more