NYC Department of Education Releases a Social Media Guide for Students That Says…Nothing?

A lot of local media press is swirling around the new social media guide put out by the NYC Department of Education this week.  At first glance that sounds great.  Administration is stepping in to help kids navigate social media, provide tips and guidance and empower kids to make smarter choices online – or so […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Aren’t Parents Rioting in the Streets?

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 […]

Parental Involvement in Schools – How Thomas Friedman Missed the Point

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 […]

Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools : Westside Independent

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.

It’s All About the Teacher

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  I’m sure there’s a Hallmark card out there for it, but the only reason I know about it is through the various teachers and educators I follow on twitter.  (Those tech minded teachers are a very chatty and resourceful bunch!)  It’s funny to me that Teacher Appreciation Week is […]

My Daughters are Poets (and now everyone knows it)

I don’t usually publicly brag about my daughters but I am making an exception for this.  Thursday, April 29th was Poem in Your Pocket Day in NYC.  All the children in my daughters’ school carried poems in their pockets and read them aloud to each other, to teachers, to administrators and to whomever would listen.  […]

The Sex Talk? There’s No App For That

“Mommy, what happens if you’re pregnant and you don’t want to keep the baby?” This is the question my seven year-old daughter asked me first thing on a Monday morning a few weeks ago.  It took me a minute to rouse my brain and get my head around what she was asking while the sun […]