Posts tagged "Parents"

Stop All the Name-Calling

It’s Inauguration Day- a day of patriotism and promise.   It’s Martin Luther King Day- a day to contemplate inclusion and civil rights.  It is also coincidentally the start of No Name Calling Week- a simple idea that both adults and children could stand to follow a little more closely.  How perfect this week should begin... Read more »

Achievement Gap or Development Gap? Afterschool Programs like All Stars Project Inc. Could be a Solution

Achievement Gap or Development Gap? Afterschool Programs like All Stars Project Inc. Could be a Solution
The achievement gap- close it, narrow it, fix it…rename it?  What if we viewed it as a development gap? Considering the schedules of many of the children I know (mine included), most middle class families need an organizing system to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be when it comes to attending... Read more »

Did Your Child’s School Hold a Mock Election Today?

Did Your Child’s School Hold a Mock Election Today?
One great way to introduce children to the concept of voting and to our democratic government is to hold a mock election.  Today both the junior high and elementary schools that my children attend held mock elections.  The junior high students all filed down to a room set-up with private voting booths and checked off... Read more »
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Why I Didn't Write About the CTU Strike...

Chicago Public School teachers are on strike. There hasn’t been a strike in 25 years. This is national news…everyone is blogging about it. (even fellow ChicagoNow comedic bloggers, “Lists that Actually Matter”) What kind of education blogger sits this one out? The number of issues and angles to a potential story are overwhelming—maybe I am... Read more »

CPS Can't Afford a Longer Day

CPS Can't Afford a Longer Day
One of the most rewarding aspects of writing for ChicagoNow is meeting and collaborating with others who are just as passionate about educational issues as I am. I had the opportunity to meet Tracy Baldwin who is a Chicago resident and advocate for her children’s education. She is the founder of 6.5 to Thrive. I... Read more »
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