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Eight Strong Years

Recently I received an exciting message from one of, if not the first, mother to ever sit down with me for a Kindergarten Instructional At-Home Plan(IAHP)® conference. Her one and only daughter is now an eighth grader who was not

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Difficult Conversations

Fall is normally a very exciting time of year for not only myself but also, countless thousands of educators who start a fresh academic term.  This fall was a little different and difficult.  My first months of school included the

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Opt-Out Parent Involvement Movement

The controversy surrounding Common Core’s first year of official assessment has definitely energized the conversation regarding the role of testing and its impact. The parental decision to opt-out of the Common Core assessments should stimulate another much needed conversation surrounding

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Common Core: Not So Common for Parents

Most districts around the country are in the process of completing the much-anticipated first assessments of the Common Core State Standards by either the Smarter Balanced Assessment System or the PARCC.  Although educators have had the opportunity to prepare for

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Achievement Gap-Academic Problem or Not?

Most educators are quite familiar with the issue of there being groups of children who underperform on standardized assessments when compared to their peers. We commonly refer to this as the achievement gap. Researchers and educators now trace the roots

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