20 Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

For most teachers, November marks two things on our schedules: Parent-teacher conferences A day of Thanks that they're over Let's get you from point 1 to point 2 with our 20 tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences   PRE-CONFERENCE: 1. Learn your school's culture regarding that day. The first years I taught at my current school, I [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Educator Professionalism, Featured, Parents|0 Comments

By Not Allowing Your Children to Fail You Are Making Their Brains Smaller

Dear Parent or Guardian: This letter is to inform you that your student will likely fail soon. They might not fail a class, or even a quiz or a homework assignment, but they will fail at something.  They will also make mistakes, get feedback on those mistakes, and then make some new mistakes. . In fact, [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Parents|0 Comments

8 Ways For Teachers To Communicate With Parents in the 21st Century

In the 21st century, there is a multitude of ways to communicate with parents. I know a large part of the education workforce is comprised of ‘digital immigrants’, but with a little time and motivation, all teachers can (and should) utilize technology to increase communication with parents and students. Here are my eight favorite ways [...]

Parents have Rights. Really!

Parents have rights. In their efforts to promote charter schools, some education reform activists couch their advocacy in language describing “choice,” parent rights and even sometimes suggest that traditional schools and teachers pose a danger to students while going virtually unaccountable. This skewed and theatrical view of reality may be a reason many parents have [...]