Here’s Where We “Raise the Bar” in America’s Public Schools

Today’s youngest learners are digital natives and practically ‘hard-wired’ to acquire knowledge through technology-infused learning. With an increasing need for meaningful connections between digital natives, the framework of teaching and learning in educational settings is at a crossroads. The basic structure and standardization of curricula can’t become any less engaging, exciting, or less relevant, according […]

21 Ways Schools Can Ramp-Up Engagement With Parents of Color

Family engagement is both a mystery and a solution for schools and the educators who work there. Many are challenged to  develop meaningful partnerships with parents and adult caregivers of students. Even more challenging  is involving parents of color. Traditionally, schools have operated from within a white middle class framework and a similarly standardized approach […]

The Numbers You Need to See: Computer Access, Student Test Scores and Socio-economics

Results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress[NAEP] survey questionnaires inform us that computer access in the home among fourth and eighth graders varied across socioeconomic backgrounds. At the national level, in all states and most large urban districts participants, smaller percentages of lower income students reported having access at home than middle to […]

7 Phrases Parents Will Need to Use In I.E.P. Meetings

I.E.P.[Individualized Education Program] meetings/conferences are places when emotions run high and tempers may flare. What should be a constructive respectful conversation between key team members, can end up sounding like a shouting contest. No one wants to listen; just talk-dictation, in fact.There is a lot of unfamiliar jargon, educator-speak, and talking that seems words are coming at you instead of […]