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Where’s All the Daddies?: Engaging Fathers in Early Childhood Programs

Statistics and family studies provide us with some answers to why some dads will never see the inside of their child’s classroom. One in three children don’t have a father present in the home. That’s a little over 24 million and the number is growing. Some dads, for various reasons, have learned to mistrust schools. […]

Plan a Family STEAM Night!

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It has recently become more common to add the “A”, or art, to STEM education to make it STEAM education. It is not only a popular trend in education, but it also makes a lot of sense! The world is not sectioned off into subject specific experiences! Learning all of these skills together engages the […]

Blizzard! Home Is Where the Heart Is

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I can’t get home Maybe with a drone, certainly not even my trusty Subie with a car seat, would venture out in this weather. Sheets of ice, some obvious, some hidden, lurking. Even walking like a penguin, I can’t manage going out the door at the moment. My big poodle slipped on the ice today, […]

Education Is Like a Three-Legged Stool

Anyone who has worked with me can attest to the mantra I believe wholeheartedly: “Education is like a three legged stool. The school is one leg, the student is another, and the parents are the third. It takes all legs holding up their load for the stool to stand.” All legs have an equal responsibility, […]

Home Visits Are Not Just for Preschool

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As the principal at a rural high school several years ago I often wrestled with the notion of partnering with parents at this level. How could I engage families? So many freshmen entered without a clue as to how to be successful. Most of my parents did not have an understanding of how involved to […]

Creating Meaningful Transitions from PreK-K

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If we want children to be ready for kindergarten, we must be certain that the environments and systems we create are responsive to the unique developmental needs of not only preschoolers but infants, toddlers and their families. Dr. Terri Rose – Emotional Readiness: How Early Experiences and Mental Health Predict School Success Moving into the […]

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