The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is the extent to which that student’s family is able to become involved in their children’s education at school.

March 11, 2013

Working in different school communities around the US allows me to see the benefits of schools giving parents a clear directive of what their involvement means by stating clear objectives with well-defined expectations.

~ Teach parents HOW to Conversationally Read with their children
~ Make sure parents understand how Conversational Reading will help their child acquire the strong literacy skills they need to become proficient and good readers.

Conversational Reading is a reading comprehension strategy that makes reading an interactive experience by encouraging children at all levels to read deeply, ask essential questions and make connections. These are skills children need to become good readers. The benefit of parents CR in the home reinforces classroom practices, and makes for a stronger and more effective learning environment for children.

I believe The Common Core Standards poses an opportunity to educate parents on what they can do in the home that supports their child’s work in the classroom. Conversational Reading encourages children at all levels to read for meaning, showing them how to analyze critically, hypothesize with confidence, clarify with purpose and to make inferences that matter. These skills further the goals of the Common Core Standards.

Best parenting practices to help children acquire high level literacy skills

March 7, 2013

Reading aloud develops a child’s brain. Read to your newborn; even babies benefit from being read to. Make reading aloud part of your family routine. Read to your child at least once a day. Minimize the distractions of all technological devices. Let the child choose the books. Help children find the books they want to […]


Parents need guidance. Schools need good parents.

February 19, 2013

It is important that parents know how much the growth and development of their child’s brain is dependent on the right stimulation. Talking develops a child’s use and understanding of language, which is the basis of reading. I think schools would benefit by putting time and resources into Parent Education. Enlist parents in the cause […]


Einstein feared “a generation of idiots.”

February 4, 2013

Recently I was in a yogurt shop after school and I couldn’t help noticing how so many kids were plugged into a device. Whether they were with friends or younger children with their parents, I was sad to see so little face-to-face interaction. Einstein worried about such things when he said, ” I fear the […]


Would Ben Franklin, founder of the fist lending library, like today’s library?

January 17, 2013

If you are a lover of Libraries, you must be forever grateful to Benjamin Franklin, the founder of the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731. It was America’s first lending library and can lay claim to being the predecessor of the free public library. “Welcome to the Library, Where Shushing is Overdue” a recent article in the […]


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