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Public School and the Land of Oz: Pulling Back the Curtain

Sometimes, we simply have to state the truth: As an Education Advocate with extensive "insider" experience as an administrator and teacher, my writing leans toward grace and understanding, rather than confrontation and conflict. As Michelle Obama stated, “when they go...

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Post-Holiday Update: The School Barometer

Are your kids still presenting their very best at school? From a behavioral lens, there are two critical assessment periods: Around mid October, following 4-6 weeks from the start of school, the "initial honeymoon" tends to wane. As an education advocate, this is when...

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Just Asking: A New ADD/ADHD Diagnosis and What to Do?

Earlier this morning, I received the following email: “My 9 year old daughter was just diagnosed with ADD, and I am wondering if you can assist me with what our first steps should be to help her. Her therapist directed us to CHADD, and I was pleased to learn that...

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Is The Honeymoon Over for Your Child and School?

It's October and historically, the honeymoon is over between a number of students and school. For a wide-range of reasons, "Back to School" inspires the best from our kids. Certainly,with Covid and the gap between real instruction and remote learning, over a year or...

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Back at School: A Note to Parents

It's often stated, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"; especially if the "cure" creates misunderstanding, division, and conflict. This is true for most events which have a high stakes impact on one's life as well as our childrens' lives. And this is...

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Going Back In the Fall: A Note to Teachers

Since the young age of 5 years old, I have always gone back to school in the Fall. Except twice. It struck me the other day; for over 59 years, I have returned to school following each summer break. Like clock work, when I experience the 4th of July after-glow and the...

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