What was the best advice you were ever given (or wish you'd been given) about working in / being a parent in CPS? They're sharing advice for parents and kids over at Zorn's blog -- see examples below -- but I wondered what you all would have to add, especially about the realities of the classroom and school life. Big picture stuff, or where to park -- any and all kinds of things are welcome as long as it's specific and constructive (or at least funny).
"During the next four years, parents, teachers, counselors, coaches and club leaders will do wonderful, inspiring things to help your children have new opportunities. Write a thank you note, let them know their kindess has made a difference. Have your child write a thank you note."
"Believe it or not, the teachers and parents and other relatives who, if you’re lucky, will ride you hard these next four years, really want you to succeed. And despite their advanced age and cultural cluelessness, they can and want to help you through just about any academic or personal problem you'll encounter. Ask them questions. Trust their answers. They're on your side."