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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, Fun Learning Activities

One of the things I'm enjoying most about our 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
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
Tim Sullivan
Texting in Class? No Problem.

Oct 06, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology

At least that's the trend in this Australian district where -- due to new technology -- kids are being encouraged to text away right under the teacher's nose.This application sounds pretty powerful, but -- man -- can i think ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Are You the Competitive Parent?

Oct 02, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Helicopter Parents

Liked this perspective from Ann Handley over at the This Mommy Gig website. Ann's rant starts while shopping for toys and noticing how every toy now needs to be somehow connected to a developmental goal. Her point -- what abo... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Improve Your Child's Grades

Sep 29, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Sometimes the simple, direct stories are best. Think that's the case with this very straightforward look at how parents should proceed when their kids' grades disappoint. No magic potions or cures. But good solid, step-by-ste... Read more