K-12

Getting ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences

By on Oct 11, 2012 in High School, K-12 | 1 comment

As parent teacher conferences are around the corner, here are some quick tips to ensure a meaningful and productive time with your child’s teacher . . .even in high school. If the conference can be student-led, please make sure that your son/daughter takes advantage of the opportunity to take ownership of their learning experience. I like the ideas that this...

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Comparison of US education to other countries – Education Olympics INFOGRAPHIC

Comparison of US education to other countries – Education Olympics INFOGRAPHIC

By on Jul 27, 2012 in Academics, K-12 | 0 comments

I recently spent a week in Delaware and Pennsylvania visiting colleges along with a group of international counselors from all around the world. We are all members of the Overseas Association of College Admission Counseling (OACAC). [My other OACAC group is the Ohio Association of College Admission Counseling.] My conversations with the other counselors arae always...

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Good principals make a difference in any school

By on Mar 2, 2012 in Academics, Education Reform, K-12 | 0 comments

The recent headline about how effective principals make a difference in high poverty schools really resonated with me. My elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee would have been considered on of those high poverty schools, based on the high percentage of low-income families. Joseph K. Carr, the principal at my elementary school, saved my life. He was known as a...

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How physical activity and school performance work together

By on Feb 29, 2012 in Athletics, Education Reform, K-12 | 0 comments

One of the suggestions I may to all my students on test day, whether they are taking the SAT, SSAT, ACT or even an achievement test at school, is to exercise the morning of the exam. During the weeks when my kids would have achievement tests at school, they would have oatmeal for breakfast then walk to school. Earlier research  studies found that exercising prior to...

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TechOlympics in Cincy celebrates the fun in STEM

By on Feb 23, 2012 in K-12, STEM | 0 comments

STEM programs are discussed increasingly more in K-12. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, programs  become more relevant our economy relies more on these fields for its future growth. Just recently in the Dayton area, there was a TechExpo at Sinclair which featured a number of hands-on activities to engage youth in the...

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What should parents do about bad online behavior that could hurt college plans?

By on Dec 9, 2011 in College Admissions, College ready, K-12 | 0 comments

Many parents are concerned about how to balance their kids’ online use of social media and the risks their kids may take with inappropriate postings. On one hand, parents can ban them from social media altogether, which can work . . . while their still in diapers. Another approach may be to set controls on their account, friend them on Facebook, and/or monitor...

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