Historical Significance of “It takes a Village”

It may seem that this phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child", was first coined by Hillary Clinton when she was our nation's First Lady. Perhaps, for many of us this was the first time hearing this great proverb, particularly in reference to parenting children in America. The truth is that this stroke of genius was neither [...]

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AUTOMATICITY in the CLASSROOM

Automaticity: automatic behaviors and responses in any given situation. It is that ability to do things without having to think about them or occupying the mind at the conscious level. Automaticities[plural] are behaviors and responses that become automatic response patterns or habits. They are usually the result of learning, practice, and repetition. In fact, most of our acquired skills [...]

Family Engagement According to the Feds

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) are requesting comments on a draft policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades. The comment period has been extended to COB January 4, 2016. Document:  draft_hhs_ed_family_engagement.pdf  Also  available for online download at:  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/draft_hhs_ed_family_engagement.pdf   [...]

More Teachers of Color? Yes! Intensive PD? Yes, INDEED!

New York City Public Schools, among the largest school districts in the U.S., is in critical need of teachers and staff who reflect the diversity of families and students who attend its schools. However, the city's diversity is not novel. A complete overhaul of staff will not solve the greater issues and concerns that plague our [...]

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