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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
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
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
Tim Sullivan 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 --, 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
Tim Sullivan
Lessons on Life

Sep 19, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Teachers, Back to School

"I grew up in a very small town. The kind of town where you can't go anywhere without seeing someone you know. So when I went back for a visit earlier this month, it wasn't the least bit unusual that I ran into several of my ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Don't Stop the Bus

Sep 10, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Every year, the parents in my neighborhood kick up a fuss about the middle school bus stop. The elementary kids get picked up every few houses, but once they enter 4th grade, they have to walk to a single stop. The stop is ab... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Old Notebook, Fresh Start

Sep 05, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Supplies, Back to School

We made it through the first week of school and so far, so good. Except I lost the fight to convince my 4th grader to start the year with a fresh notebook.I knew it was time to give up when, after the first day of school, I f... Read more