K-12

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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For many years, states around the country have been funding remedial courses at the college level that do not count towards college graduation. Ohio changes in state funding for remedial courses at the college level will necessitate that changes are implemented at the K-12 level to ensure that students are ready for college. The nearly […]

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Reading this list from Beloit College reminded me of how much life has changed in the last two decades and the implications it has for how we communicate with this new generation of students. Just recently when I was listening to NPR in the car with my teenager, there was a story that featured the […]

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In the last decade, there has been a proliferation of STEM-related camps targeted for girls only. The national Women in Engineering organization, for example, hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day along with several other programs on college campuses. This camp held in a suburb of Chicago focuses on manufacturing, a highly technical field where […]

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