While I haven’t had time to recap all of the amazing panels and workshops I attended at Mom Congress, I thought I’d skip forward to my last day in DC where I was invited to go to the White House and meet with Education and policy officials along with a dozen other parent education advocates […]Read More The White House Education Roundtable – And me!
I guess this doesn’t really qualify as a first day since the Mom Congress started at 4:00pm with the opening remarks and an icebreaker session. We were talking advocacy – the most effective ways to rally your cause, present your case and influence policy. It was a reminder on how powerful data can be and […]Read More Mom Congress Day 1: How Many DC Cupcakes Can I Eat?
Sitting on the Amtrak train heading down to DC I’m thinking about what lies ahead at the Mom Congress on Education and Learning. Sponsored by Parenting Magazine and Georgetown University, the Mom Congress consists of one chosen representative from each state and DC. I was fortunate enough to be picked to be the New York […]Read More Heading to the Mom Congress on Education & Learning
This joke landed in my inbox today as part of an email blast I get from Whitney Tilson, a member of DFER (Democrats for Education Reform.) I have hugely mixed emotions about DFER and Whitney Tilson that I will get into at another time. And his inclusion of this joke is one of the reasons […]Read More The Joke that Sorta Made Me Cry
This is the question an educator asked me yesterday. A private school educator in New York City. We were among over 200 people invited to Barry Diller’s IAC headquarters in Chelsea to have lunch and listen to the presentation for a brand new private school in Manhattan called Avenues The World Schools. I wasn’t invited […]Read More Why Aren’t Parents Rioting in the Streets?
This past week Thomas Friedman wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times, U.S.G and P.T.A, about parental involvement making a difference in student achievement. When I first read the article I yawned. Tell me something I don’t know. Kids do better when parents are involved? Of course. Kids do better when parents lay down […]Read More Parental Involvement in Schools – How Thomas Friedman Missed the Point
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about girls – the way they socialize, the way they learn, the way they are taught and the way they are perceived. We’ve been looking at sleep-away camps for my daughters over the last couple of months and the one thing both of them requested is an all […]Read More A (Conference) Room of One’s Own
Yes, in this week’s Blogging Angels podcast I actually admit to cheating in High School by handing in my boyfriend’s report on Crime and Punishment the year after he had handed in the very same paper. In my defense I had read the book in 9th grade and so in a little sociology experiment decided […]Read More Stop Copying Me! Plagiarism, Scraping & Other Unwanted Forms of Flattery
Yes a good portion of the country is already back at school but here in NYC we still have a week to go – and then we have only one day before we’re off for two days because of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year. (Yes that’s right, here in NYC […]Read More Back To School Resolutions (And a Snapfish Giveaway to Help)
Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools : Westside Independent I’m up on my virtual soapbox. How bad is the school overcrowding situation on the Upper West Side? Check out my latest parenting column in the Westside Independent.Read More Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools : Westside Independent