10(+3) Things Parents Wish Teachers Would Do

What do parents want from their child’s teacher at school? What relationship dynamics are desired? How do parents want teachers to engage their child and engage with them? Below are ten plus three additional examples of what parents want from teachers: 1. Build students’ self-esteem by using praise generously and avoiding ridicule and negative public […]

How Are Schools Communicating With Parents?

How many times has your school sent flyers filled with important information for parents not made its way home? Or you got no responses to surveys or questionnaires sent home? SOME PARENTS JUST NEVER GET THEM. Most of us understand how to send text messages, send emails, make telephone calls and send handwritten notes addressed […]

How Promoting Resilience is Harmful to African-American Families

Resilience theory suggests that we are to encourage  successful adaptations to negative life events, trauma, stress, and other forms of risk. In other words, in the face of adversity, we promote people to perform at optimal or ‘normal’ adaptive levels and work through these situations, events and circumstances. Many African-American families in the United States deal […]

7 Strategies to Address Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is action-oriented, and influences our judgment and behaviors as it relates to those groups considered, ‘non-dominant’. They include African-Americans, Asians, Muslims and Latinx- the social groups whose heritages aren’t traditionally Caucasian. We address biases about these groups-‘others’- by bringing to a conscious level our core beliefs about these groups. Many of these beliefs […]