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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Have you completed your 2015-16 Parent Involvement Plan?

The summer months are an ideal time for reflection and planning. It’s a strategic time to prepare for your next year’s parent involvement. Parent involvement plans are needed from the classroom all the way to the governmental policy creation level,

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African American Boys and the Invaluable Role of Parent Involvement

My parent involvement strategy, The Instructional At-Home Plan (IAHP)®, produces a very high percentage of both male and female students achieving or exceeding measured literacy goals. Academic success is no surprise for myself, or for the parents who I partner

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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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