What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: Re-establishing school year routines at least a few days before the first day [...]
“Breaking Bad” TV show actor Steven Quezada had several strong messages for about 4,000 educators recently gathered to discuss charter public schools. At a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, (http://www.publiccharters.org) Quezada began, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing that children learn in different ways.” Then he talked about [...]
“Getting Prepared 2014,” a new report with information about every Minnesota public high school, shows something stunning.
Growing numbers of families are selecting Minnesota’s charter public schools for their children. As someone told me many years ago, “when you’ve seen one charter, you’ve seen one charter” – as opposed to the observation, “when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.”
“Simple Choices” is one of the wisest, most humble and helpful books for parents that I’ve read in a long time. It’s written by Lisa Graham Keegan, a nationally recognized educator and political leader who has had to deal with her father’s desertion of the family, discovery that she is carrying a genetic disorder and several other huge challenges.