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Tim Sullivan
Making the Most of Back-to-School Night

Jul 28, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Good advice from Missouri on how tomake the most from the annual back-to-school night at school. Especially like the advice to ask specifically how a teacher prefers to be communicated with. Some teachers love email; others o... Read more
Tim Sullivan
The... ahem... joys of back-to-school shopping

Jul 28, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Supplies, Back to School

Good column from Atlanta from a dad who doesn't miss the annual scramble now that his youngest is off to college. It *is* amazing how none of the supply goodies you can get for free (pens from the hotel or conference, backpac... Read more
Tim Sullivan
What the Cool Kindergartener is Wearing

Jul 22, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

I'm not usually one for giving fashion advice, but i just ran across this site.. and kind of love these shirts for the little ones. (Love them especially after my kids came home from the mall last night with lots and lots of ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
A Mile of Involvement

Jul 15, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Back to School

Love the thinking in Denver -- getting parents energized about staying connected with their kids' education. Heck -- it's what this site is all about!For the Denver Public Schools (and the -- love this name! -- Parent Empower... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Should school volunteers get perks?

Jul 10, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Volunteers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a heated debate taking place on whether the extra-involved parents at school should get preferential treatment. The specific debate here is on an involved parent requesting a specific teacher ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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