How Will You Know You Possess Too Much Empathy?

There is a good and bad, a light and dark side of empathy. Empathy helps to understand and identify what others feel. You create a safe space for them to be open and comfortable in order that they disclose more freely. It says to others, ‘I care’ and ‘I want to understand how you feel’. […]

How Schools Can Sustain Parent Partnerships from pre-K THROUGH 12

Trust is defined as “an individual’s or group’s willingness to be vulnerable to another party based on the confidence that the latter party is benevolent, reliable, competent, honest, and open”. If families are to trust teachers and other staff members, then they must believe that school personnel are qualified, fair, and dependable, and have their […]

Working with Parents: Middle School Family Engagement

As a new  middle school teacher of special needs students, it was important  to be mindful of the environment that surrounded my public school students. In order to effectively engage my students, I had to develop a relationship with them. It was critical that I knew where these students came from, who they were, and understand […]

How Do You Measure Parent-Child Connectedness?

Parent-Child Connectedness [PCC] has been defined as a positive, high quality emotional bond between a parent and child. It is mutually felt by both parent and child and is long-lasting.  Since it is sustained over time, research has shown that it is a “super-protector”, as it outweighs and mitigates most risk factors for children and adolescents. Linked […]