From parents to partners

I think all educators would agree that family engagement is important, but we also know it isn’t easy. Here are a couple of suggestions for connecting with parents in case you’re looking for something new. More…

American Education Week Recap

This past week, November 16-20, we celebrated the 94th annual American Education Week. This weeklong celebration of public education gave us the chance to spotlight the importance of ALL the individuals who make a difference in the lives of students and ensure they receive a great public education. More…

Season for Giving Thanks

This is my favorite time of the year because ’tis the season for giving thanks. Just last week we paused to give thanks to the veterans who have sacrificed to protect this great nation. We have another reason to be grateful to our veterans: together with teachers, they played a pivotal role nearly a century ago in education. More…

Real Superheroes Wear Sweaters

Let me tell you about some people who change the world every day: amazing rabble rousers in appliqued sweater vests. They drive your child’s school bus. They teach second grade. They are leading the fight for child nutrition and to end childhood hunger. More…

Time to Celebrate American Education Week!

Despite what some misguided media may say, there are plenty of wonderful, amazing and compelling things happening in our public schools. Check out what we saw in Nashville, Tennessee.

When is Parents Day?

I remember when I first started teaching sometime in the late 1800s when one of the moms of one of my 4th graders came to the class to apologize. She had always been The Room Mother for her kids, but this year she was working outside the home, and she was apologizing… More…