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What’s going on in your academic life these days? If you noticed that this question wasn’t directed at a particular age group, please know that that was by design rather than mistake. Why? Because the “next big academic move” for any member of the family often becomes an endeavor for the entire family these days! Yet, should this be the case? Is the choosing of one school over another a …

Tony Wagner is an educator’s educator and should be the hero of every parent whose child is going through the American education system. A former high school teacher, K – 8 principal, and university professor in education, Mr. Wagner is now an Expert in Residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab and makes it his business to speak about what kids need in order to find the greatest levels of success as …

My children are now adults, some with children of their own, and, I must admit, time passed faster than I had ever imagined it could or would. If given the opportunity to go back and give myself a redo on a few situations, would I? The truth is, I know there are some things I would have done differently had I known then what I know now. But I also …

You have school-age children and your life seems to revolve around all of their academic needs: daily homework; science project; foreign language test; English essay; social studies maps. And that’s before you even consider the schedule for after-school activities. You don’t remember this fast-paced schedule from when you were growing up, do you? Well, chances are that your schedule from days long past is very different from the one your …

When was the last time you heard someone say, No one ever listens to me! I want people to care about what I say! Apparently, those people don’t have little children around, because kids listen to every word that comes out of the mouths around them. Especially the things we’d prefer they not overhear. Over this summer I had the pleasure, and maybe the honor, of spending time with all …

The school year is just starting all over the country; children will be encountering new teachers, higher expectations, peers who may have grown or matured in varyingdegrees over the summer, and changing alliances among those peers. Your child may face a calm re-entry to the school year, or may be distressed to find himself in very unfamiliar, and unhappy, territory. Your child may look to you for comfort and support; …

Are you ready to challenge your idea of success? I went through the process almost 10 years ago with an organization aptly named Challenge Success! As a K-8 Principal, I found the students in my middle school struggling with work overload. It was crazy!! The signs of stress and overload were all around us: It was taking seventh and eighth grade students 4-5 hours a night to complete homework assignments. …

So far away, yet right around the corner. It’s only July, yet that’s exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but its also a time to make plans. And those plans are what might be the determining factor for whether you’re going to have a relatively calm school year, or feel like you have to …

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky; when I told my parents I wanted to go to college in Austin, Texas, my mother, in true form, pulled out the encyclopedia and showed me the map of the United States. Susie! Do you see how many inches Austin, Texas, is away from here?! My, how times have changed! Not only did my parents survive the move away from hard-copy encyclopedias to the …

See Jane run. From my early days of learning to read, Dick, Jane, and Spot always seemed to be up to something. Running here and there. Socializing. Problem solving. Saying Please and Thank you. Dick and Jane didn’t just teach us the words; they modeled how to behave in polite society. In today’s world, we find things are much the same and, yet, they are very different. Back in the …