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 […]Read More Cheating on the SATs? I’m Shocked – NOT!
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 […]Read More My Back to School Promise to My Daughters
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 […]Read More 140 Education Conference: My Session on Parental Engagement in the Schools
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 […]Read More Parents as Meaningful Partners in Education
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…
I’ve been balancing a lot lately. I would probably be a “what not to do” in a case study about work-life balance but it’s hard for me to say no when opportunities come my way. So in the midst of wrapping up the school year, packing my daughters off to summer camp and planning an […]Read More Here, There, Everywhere – Recent Press & Other Cool Things…
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 […]Read More What a Great Teacher Looks Like
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?
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