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If you’re not in school, you’re not learning

If you’re not in school, you’re not learning

September 18, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

My oldest son just started third grade. About once a week, he asks if he can stay home. Sometimes his stomach hurts. Sometimes he’s tired. Other times he says he just needs a break, and he lists the many friends whose parents let them stay home whenever they want, according to my son. I almost […]

Getting the most out of Open House

September 18, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

School has been in session only a few weeks, and now it’s time for Open House. For many parents, the experience is one of shuffling around crowded hallways and classrooms with only a vague understanding of what it’s all about. However, Open House can be an important event for parents, teachers and children. Here’s how […]

Firefighters are community helpers

September 18, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

They came through our living room like astronauts from a dark planet: not saying a word, dressed in olive green Kevlar, wearing gas masks and carrying pick axes. They were there to help of course, but I didn’t care. It was a terrifying sight for eight-year-old me. The images of those first responders, firefighters searching […]

Computing ‘in the cloud’ fills the learning horizon

September 18, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Ten years ago they were all the rage. Backpacks with wheels topped the list of supplies for anxious parents everywhere responding to media warnings of a generation suffering bad posture and back pain from lugging around heavy school book bags. Today, it is hard to find these tricked-out rolling bags on school campuses. Perhaps their […]

Don’t infect your kids with your back-to-school stress

Don’t infect your kids with your back-to-school stress

September 1, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

With only three weeks until the start of another school year, my two sons are relaxing on the couch, basking in the air-conditioning and watching television. Having just returned from swimming, there is not a thought in their heads about boarding the bus and going back to school in less than a month. I, on […]