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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Back To School Resolutions (And a Snapfish Giveaway to Help)

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 […]

I am one of THOSE PTA moms – and Proud of It!

In the last few months I’ve read several blog posts railing against the PTA moms at various schools.  The complaints are usually the same – they’re overbearing and pushy, busy bodies trying to vie for the principal or teacher’s attention, do-gooders who get off on making the rest of the parents feel bad.  Yeah, yeah.  […]