Way back in January the Women’s Committee for Bill de Blasio kicked off officially with an event on the Upper West Side. Bill de Blasio seemed like a long shot – but that was okay because the more people learned about him the more they like him. As a public school parent and advocate […]Read More NYC Primary Day!! Get Out and Vote!
Last week I ordered Sheryl Sandberg‘s book, Lean In. It wasn’t something I initially thought I would read since my reading time is limited and I really hate to waste it on these kinds of self-helpy memoir books. But, after two weeks of endless posts, articles, news segments and Facebook updates from people I respected […]Read More Lean In, Lean Out: Sheryl Sandberg and Doing the Feminist Hokey Pokey
Last week a petition went up, sponsored by The Mandell School in NYC, to demand that the Presidential Debate moderators ask questions about the candidates’ plans and ideas for education reform. It seems like a pretty simple demand – after all, No Child Left Behind was a signature Bush initiative, and Race to the Top […]Read More Putting Education Reform on the Presidential Debate Agenda
You may have heard about the ONE Moms campaign that had a group of mom bloggers traveling to Africa to connect mom to mom with women across the world. The campaign is all about raising awareness and ultimately driving action to help women and children in poverty get access to healthcare, education and to raise […]Read More It Only Takes One Mom…
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 […]Read More No More Paper! No More Books! No More Teachers…
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!
This month’s Yahoo! Mother Board topic is a celebration of Women’s History Month. I know that my daughters will learn about a multitude of great women in their school years, but these are women that don’t make the classroom – even Margaret Sanger unfortunately. If you have a woman who you want to make sure […]Read More 5 Women I Want My Daughters to Know About
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