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What Does Community Engagement Look Like?

As the Northern Hemisphere returns to school, school staff should reflect on the ways in which they have interacted with parents/carers and the community at large in the first half of the year.  As the Southern Hemisphere plans to return to school over the next few weeks, school staff would do well to reflect on […]

What Parents Need to Know

Young children are the mensches of the world. (in Yiddish, a Mensch is a Good Person. Someone who does the honorable thing.) They don’t know that their future depends upon teachers whounderstand child development. but they believe that adults are their guideposts, their role models, their wise ones. If an adult gives them a worksheet […]

Mama Bear and the Marker

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It was the end of a long day of school…or so I thought. Already 4:45, and everyone had left for home except for me and Valerie, our school secretary. I was putting the finishing touches on the slew of reports scattered about my desk. Valerie worked on her own projects behind the counter, right outside […]

Penmanship: Forgotten? Lost?

Why bother teaching penmanship when you have all the pressures of that alien organization, CC, hovering over your head? Teachers and parents alike shouldn’t turn away from this skill. Why? Cursive writing is not just about learning how to write “the letters,” in fact, it’s a lot more. In NYC public schools penmanship became a […]

Hi, Mrs. Smith. This is Zack’s teacher…

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Dear Annie,I just got a call from my son’s math teacher. She says he’s consistently goofing off in class and distracting other students. I’ve gotten similar calls from other teachers. How can I impress upon him that this isn’t OK? – Embarrassed Mom When it comes to teaching kids to be good people (our #1 […]

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