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Why should I vote on my school district budget?

Why should I vote on my school district budget?

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Few people argue against the value of a good education, and when it comes to the local school district, almost everyone has their opinion. Yet, in just a week, news media will likely report the record-low voter turnout for the annual school budget vote and school board elections. Statistics from the New York State Board […]

Six qualities to set you apart from the crowd

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

We know, graduation is still several weeks away, but we got thinking about tidbits of good advice accumulated through the years that might benefit high school students getting ready to step out into the world. With all the talk about the value of 21st century “soft skills” for college and workplace success, this handful of […]

Seven skills every child should master, and the value of testing to make sure they have

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

From the hundreds of thousands of parents who refused to have their children participate in standardized testing over the past two weeks in New York, it’s pretty clear that people have issues with testing. But that doesn’t mean we should get rid of standardized tests. According to most school leaders, these tests are part of […]

Learning opportunities are around every corner

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The question sounded like the lead-in to a bad punchline. “What do you call it when a starfish loses its leg and it grows back?” asked our 17-year-old, who was sitting in the back seat of the car with her two siblings. We had taken a wrong turn that would get us to our destination […]