National Parent Involvement Day – November 20, 2014

National Parental Involvement Day seems kind of like Mother’s Day.  I mean, we should show Mom we love her everyday, right?  But, I’m not complaining that we’ve set aside a day to recognize the importance  – of both. It is no secret that parental involvement plays a large role in the academic success of our […]

Celebrate American Education Week November 16-22!

Originally posted on www.nea.org The National Education Association’s 93rd annual American Education Week—November 17-21, 2014—presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. Our AEW tagline, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” reflects NEA’s vision […]

School Dolls – Dolls in Education

Realizing that some of your children’s toys can be wonderful teaching tools, helping to engage them in developing essential life-skills, can open up a whole new realm of interactive play experiences for you and your child. School Dolls come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. They also come in both male and female versions. Using […]

Children’s Music – Why Go Home

My wife has a cheesy ring tone on her phone. Do you know that LMFAO song “I’m Sexy and I Know It?” Terrible…and catchy! The other day the phone rang and the addictive chorus began to play (“I workout!”). As I looked up, I saw our one-year-old daughter begin to bop around to the beat. […]

Top 5 Educational Technology Trends for 2012

What are the top five education-technology trends to watch in 2012?  According to a recent article in THE Journal,  we will see an increase in mobile learning, plus an increase in the number of students learning online. Experts also foresee greater use of social-networking websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, in the classroom, and the […]

Income-Based Achievement Gap is Growing

The achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers has grown by roughly 40% since the 1960s, according to a recent study by researchers at Stanford University. Another study from University of Michigan researchers shows a 50% increase since the late 1980s in the imbalance between rich and poor students completing college. Furthermore, researchers say they expect the gap to widen due to the economic situation.

Is Standardized Testing the Monster of American Education?

Public education is under attack, says education historian, Diane Ravitch. At a time when schooling is being radically re-envisioned with the Common Core Standards, Ravitch makes a thought-provoking argument about the success or failure of standardized testing.

The Shift to Common Core Must Include Professional Development

The Common Core Standards are becoming a reality for 46 states and the District of Columbia.  This is a major step toward better preparing our students to graduate from high school and be career ready. And while most buy in to the premise of a change in creating a coherent national framework for what students […]

Optimism for the Common Core State Standards

The new Common Core State Standards are slowly creeping into classrooms across 47 states in the country. The primary goal: Ensure that our students are “college-and-career ready.”

January 25 is No Name-Calling Day

January 25 is National No Name-Calling Day, designed to promote educational and creative activities aimed at ending name-calling, bullying and harassment in our schools. Download a free 45-page elementary lesson plan pack to help you.