Million Dollar PTAs – It’s Not All About the Money

This past Sunday The New York Times published an article, Way Beyond Bakesales: The $1 Million Dollar PTA, and my Co-President and I were featured in front of the PS 87 mural.  We’ve been waiting to see how this article would shape up since we gave Kyle Spencer a tour of our school a few […]

PTA Fundraising – Where There’s Money, There’s Tension

Last week the New York Times published an article about parent fundraising in NYC schools where gentrification has taken hold and the tensions over who can or cannot give, who decides how much to ask for and what kind of tension this creates at a school.  It’s no surprise to those of us entrenched in […]

Educate to Eradicate Poverty – ONE.org 12 Days of Change Campaign

The education reform debate in the US focuses on testing, achievement measurements, teacher evaluations and data driven discussions that often miss the one major point – our education “problem” is a class and equality problem.  If we dig down deeper into the causes and obstacles facing many of our students poverty is more often than […]

Cheating on the SATs? I’m Shocked – NOT!

This week’s revelations that students in Long Island paid other students to take the SATs for them has the media all lathered up.  Is it a result of high stakes testing?  Is it a sign of our now hyper competitive world?  And of course they want to know how could this happen?  Well it happens […]

My Back to School Promise to My Daughters

This week my daughters had to sign a Code of Behavior Agreement for their Hebrew School.  It stated that they wouldn’t use electronic devices at school, would arrive on time, respect others and the property and basically act like a decent human being.  Not much to ask for.  At their real school the discipline code […]

140 Education Conference: My Session on Parental Engagement in the Schools

Two weeks ago I spoke at the #140 Edu conference on meaningful parent engagement in the schools.  I had never been to a #140 conference and now I’m a huge fan both of the conference and of Jeff Pulver, the organizer, ring leader and all around fantastic guy behind the conferences.  Every presenter has a […]

Parents as Meaningful Partners in Education

This post was originally written for the White House Champions of Change series and was published last week by Parenting on the Mom Congress blog.   As I prepare for my speaking gig at the #140 Conference on Education I thought I’d share what I’m working on and what I plan on talking about… How many […]

No More Paper! No More Books! No More Teachers…

It’s the annual song of the last day of school right?  Only this time it’s not about summer it’s about the budget!  Yesterday we were informed by our NYC Schools budget liaison that paper is not a necessity in the classroom.  He didn’t really mean that of course but he couldn’t say what the DOE […]

What a Great Teacher Looks Like

It’s June – 3 weeks left to go in the NYC public school year and while there are projects being wrapped up, publishing parties happening, musical performances being staged there is one activity that takes precedence over all others – jockeying for next year’s teacher.  As Co-President of the PA (we have no “T” in […]