Oral Lee Brown Promises the World to Third Graders in Oakland

I admit it: The cynic in me absolutely cringed when I read a description of Oral Lee Brown's promise to fund an entire classroom's college education. She's just one woman, after all -- and we aren't talking about Bill and Melinda Gates here. She told ABC News that she made the promise impulsively: "I don't know where it came from," she said. ...more

There have been so many inspiring stories of generosity this Christmas season. I love it when ...more

This Teacher Loves "Glee," And Here's Why:

But the main reason I love Glee is this, and I dare say it’s politically incorrect to the max. Might I add that being politically correct has never been important to me? I love Glee because it’s so refreshingly wonderfully awesome to see classes taught in school by instructors who know how to do what they’re teaching and do it well. ...more

"Geeking Up" Pants is One School's Solution to the Baggy Pants Situation

Saggy pants cause a perennial holiday debate in our household. When the college-aged and young adult men come home with their baggy pants, this years old discussion begins anew. ...more
I'm really surprised that the parents haven't complained - most often they are the parents are ...more

Children, Learning and E-books: Why the Controversy?

From EmpowHER.com www.empowHER.com Yesterday I learned that buying children e-books or e-readers is a hot topic. As in, a really hot topic. Many people are very (very!) against them and blogs are filled with reasons why they are so bad for kids. Meanwhile, as I learn of this controversy, my 5-year-old’s e-book is hidden upstairs until she gets to open it for Christmas. I’m thinking about the debate – who knew?!...more

Your points about what makes physical books great for children are great! Kids definitely seem ...more

School Fundraising Not Fair to Households with Multiple Children

School is now back in full force. I can always tell that by the Fundraiser packets that come home in September. I have three kids, all 17 months apart, in grade 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, so I receive 3 fundraiser packets and all three want the prizes for selling the most products....more

My main problems with those kinds of school fundraising incentives are that they make children ...more

What Every American's New Year's Resolution Should Be

It's almost the end of the year and time for our annual New Year's Resolutions. Some of us will resolve to lose weight, get in shape, get a new job, eat healthier, or even spend more time with the kids. What if I told you that you could do all of these things and more by resolving to do just one thing? Better still, this one thing won't cost you anything. In fact, I guarantee it will save you money!...more

Those are amazing statistics.
I never ever have the TV on when I am alone. I read 10x more ...more

This Christmas Give the Gift of Education

One of the most powerful gifts we can give is education.  An organization doing just this is Janta. Janta's mission "is to alleviate extreme poverty by increasing access to education." It enables "poor families to invest in their own education through microloans and scholarships for primary, secondary, and voca...more

Negative self-talk..Our Nemesis

The other day I attended a conference with a colleague. A colleague I have never had much of an opportunity to learn about until this day. What I learned about myself and women in general was quite thought provoking.  We are consumed with the process of convincing ourselves that all of the other women out there (that we perceive as successful) are smarter, more capable, more talented, more professional, better dressed, prettier, on and on.  Am I ringing any bells out there ladies? Am I right? Let’s call my co-worker “Mary” to protect the innocent....more

Getting Kids Addicted to Giving

Drives me bonkers when people talk talk talk about giving but don't actually get their tuchus in motion - financially, physically, and specifically with their kids. Our children are not going to gain appreciation for those less fortunate or the extreme needs that exist in our world unless they are engaged in a very active way. Watching parents write a check is not going to do it. They'll roll their eyes. After spending far too much money on groceries that were pushed around the plates on Thanksgiving, I was anxious to find a way to get my children actively involved....more

Putting on my Armor: The IEP conference

Tomorrow is Parent Teacher Conference.It is also the day I meet with the school psychologist and special education team who oversee Emily's IEP.In many ways, one could assume that I am a pro at these meetings. I have been dancing this dance since she was three years old and I asked for testing for her speech issues. Not to mention the whole multiple degrees in education thing.The truth though? Is that I dread these meetings....more

Professionally, I am of the view that every child deserves an IEP, so that each child has ...more